Pumpkin Showpieces

Two recipes that prove they're not just for Halloween any more.
Invitation Inspiration

For an autumn bash of any kind, these recipes are definitely "S.C." -- Seasonally Correct.

How To Cook a Pumpkin

Of course, it's easier to open a can of pumpkin-but the experience of cooking a fresh pumpkin adds to your accomplishments deliciously. Here's how:

Cut a medium fresh pumpkin, about a 6-pounder, into 5-inch-square pieces. Remove the seeds and fibrous strings. Arrange the pieces in a single layer, skin side up in a large, shallow baking pan. Cover with foil. Bake in a 375 degrees F oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until tender.

Scoop the pulp from the rind. Place part of the pulp in a blender container or food processor bowl. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Transfer the pumpkin into a cheesecloth-lined strainer, and press out any liquid. Repeat for remaining pumpkin. The cooked pumpkin can be used interchangeably for canned pumpkin in recipes. Makes about 2 cups.

Continued on page 2:  Pumpkin Scones with Berry Butter