White pumpkins are fun to carve for Halloween, and if you’re carving pumpkins of course you have to roast the seeds! Simply separate the seeds from the inner pulp (the “goo” if you’re a kid), rinse well, and spread in on a well greased pan. I prefer to use real butter for this, coating a baking pan with approximately 1 tablespoon of melted butter for each cup of seeds. Then, sprinkle generously with your favorite seasoning. Half-Pint is on a ranch kick, so we used the ranch seasoning mix shown above. Roast in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes, flipping seeds with a spatula halfway through. Allow to cool slightly before enjoying.
My garden cantaloupe are abundant this year – what a great celebration! Cantaloupe are as healthy as they are delicious, low in calories yet full of Vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. Alas, Continue reading
Rich, earthy stews with layers of warm and savory flavors are ubiquitous with autumn. This pumpkin stew makes good use of one of the most wonderful offerings of late season gardens… pie pumpkins. It’s so flavorful that omnivores won’t even notice how the dish is entirely vegan.
Deconstructing the stew, i.e. layering the stew over slices of roasted pumpkin instead of mixing the pumpkin into the pot of stew itself, is an awesome way to preserve the satisfying texture of freshly roasted pumpkin. Try this for your next Meatless Monday. Three cheers for autumn!
Ingredients (Serves 4 with leftovers)
1 pie pumpkin, 7 or 8 inches in diameter Continue reading
Guess what? You don’t need sugar to make excellent – and I mean EXCELLENT – applesauce, pear sauce, or as we’re making today, Apples ‘n Pears. You don’t actually need a Continue reading
October is the perfect time of year to take advantage of the abundance of pie pumpkins everywhere. The pumpkins featured in this recipe were Continue reading
Today’s recipe is an autumn favorite here at Crowded Earth Kitchen. Simple and hearty, Chickpea Stew combines everyday ingredients to capture flavors reminiscent of West African dishes. Chickpea Stew may be served over rice, couscous, or simply enjoyed on its own! Continue reading
If you search online for “Ratatouille,” you’ll find some pretty fancypants recipes. They look lovely. The thing is, traditional Ratatouille really isn’t fancy. For hundreds of years, Ratatouille was understood to be a vegetable-based French country stew, made from whatever the cook’s garden happened to offer up for harvest that day. In that spirit, today’s Ratatouille recipe is both flexible and delicious! Save the silver and china for another dinner. 😉 Continue reading
Between the garden harvest and the back-to-school commotion around here, dinners in September need to be fuss-free. Penne with Glazed Vegetables is easily prepared around busy schedules, yet still captures the best of the season’s fresh vegetable flavor. Let’s get started! Continue reading
Rich and earthy, warm and savory, this is a perfect soup for a crisp autumn evening. You can use canned pumpkin to make a pot of Peanut Pumpkin Soup quickly, or roast a pie pumpkin and puree the flesh for added depth of flavor. It’s entirely up to you. Let’s get started! Continue reading
Here at Crowded Earth Kitchen, we don’t toss around the Signature Dish moniker lightly. If we label a recipe as a Signature Dish, you can rest assured that the recipe is a guaranteed, crowd pleasing success. Savory Stuffed Pumpkin fits the bill! Continue reading
Summer is drawing down, friends – now is not the time to slave away in the kitchen over lunch. Try this Easy Panzanella Salad to make use of garden fresh produce in mere minutes. Eat well, be well! Continue reading
Zucchini are practically exploding from the ground this time of year. If you aren’t growing them yourself, then Continue reading
Most store-bought popsicles are made out of corn syrup, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Meh. You can purchase healthy, 100% fruit pops, but you’re going to pay dearly for them.
Why not just Continue reading
I had a Chilean friend who laughed and declared, “Only White people need a recipe for guacamole.” It makes me laugh to remember this absurd kitchen exchange, and I like to laugh when remembering her.
In all seriousness, guacamole is Continue reading
Perfectly grilled purple carrots
Yes, grilled carrots. We’ve already talked about how healthy carrots truly are, so it’s worth finding fun new ways to enjoy them! Grilling carrots caramelizes a bit of the natural sugar in this root veggie, and the crisp edges are delicious. The trick to perfectly grilled carrots is Continue reading