Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

white pumpkin

I got this pumpkin for free the day before Thanksgiving.  I was going to use it as a table centerpiece for our Thanksgiving dinner but I used some beautiful roses instead.  I ended up putting the pumpkin by the door.  After Thanksgiving was over I began to think about what to do with it.  I have no idea what kind of pumpkin it is but I figured it could be eaten since I got it at a grocery store.

pumpkin chunks

So I cut it up into chunks and took out the pulp and seeds.  The inside was a light orange color and it smelled kind of like watermelon.  I roasted the pumpkin in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.  I let it cool off and I put the meat of the pumpkin in the food processor and processed it in to puree.

pumpkin puree

Then I bagged it up in freezer bags so I could put it in the freezer.  There is 2 cups of puree in each bag which is enough to make 4 pumpkin pies!!  Or pumpkin bread. Or pumpkin soup.  Or whatever your heart desires to make with it!!

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Then I rinse the pumpkin seeds and got all the pulp off and placed them on a cookie sheet to dry overnight.  Add about 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil and some salt to the seeds.  Roast them at 250 degrees for 1 hour and you will have a wonderful snack too!!

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Roasted Asparagus

To me spring says fresh asparagus.  I love fresh asparagus and one of my favorite ways of cooking it is roasting.

Wash the asparagus and cut of the tough end of the asparagus.  Arrange the spears in a baking dish.  Pour about 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the asparagus.  Make sure the olive oil coats all of the spears.

Sprinkle some Kosher salt on the asparagus.

Sprinkle some pepper on the asparagus.

Sprinkle 2 minced garlic cloves on the asparagus.

Squeeze 1/2 lemon on the asparagus.  Cook at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until done.

Fresh roasted asparagus, a springtime treat.  This is so quick and easy to do.  It is so much better than the canned stuff!!

Pressure Cooker Green Beans

I just don’t like canned green beans.  I prefer fresh green beans any day of the week.  Cooking them in a pressure cooker makes it fast and easy.  I do like to cook my green beans until they are soft.  I do not like crunchy green beans.

Buy one of these bags.  The beans are already washed and trimmed.  It saves so much time.  If you want to you can steam it right in the bag but then I like my green beans soft so I pour the bag into a pressure cooker.

Add 1 cup of water.  Salt and pepper the green beans.

Put a slice of bacon on top of the green beans.  Set the pressure cooker to cook for 15 minutes.  Let the pressure release naturally.

And here are the green beans, finished to perfection.  So much better than canned green beans.