Friday, October 17, 2014

Food Friday- Pumpkin Season!

Welcome to a new series... Food Friday  

Every Friday we will bring you great food ideas for your event.  
Try a few out at home on your friends.

It's Pumpkin Season! We'll come close to ODing on pumpkin this month.  
But for now, bring on the pumpkin!
In the vein of enjoying the planning process too, today is recipes for an intimate weekend dinner party. Although, these are so good that if you're getting married next October you could easily incorporate some of these ideas on a grander scale.


Pumpkin Cordial & Pumpkin Martini

Definitely the king of the pumpkin bases... I LOVE Roundhouse Pumpkin King Cordial.  

My favorite way to drink it is just as you would drink a cordial.  A little poured into the bottom of a small glass, room temperature.

 It also makes an awesome martini served up.


Toasted Pumpkin Seeds are a quick and healthy snack.

Pumpkin Seeds

Head over to She Wears Many Hats for the recipe
(if you're wondering about the health benefits of pumpkin seeds, click on over to Fightin Foods.)

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Head over to When the Pigs Fly for the recipe
(if you're wondering about the health benefits of beans, click on over to Fightin Foods.)

The Meal

One Hour Roasted Chicken

Roast Chicken

This is the ultimate fall meal.  It is also a very good skill to master. 
(just make sure it reads 165 degrees before you pull it from the oven.  No food poisoning here please.)
If you mess it up then send your fiance over to the local grocer for a rotisserie chicken. Or if you're short on time or desire then just do that in the first place.

Head over to Number 2 Pencil for the recipe

Photo: ilovebutter

Roasted Vegetables

My favorite side- or sometimes as a meal itself.

Use any vegetables you want
Cut to approximately the same size
Drop them onto a jelly roll sheet and cover in olive oil & sprinkle with salt. (and other spices if you like.)
Roast at 450 degrees until they are brown and sweet and crispy- or until your liking.  


Simply divine pumpkin cake swirled with rich and creamy cheesecake. This is something every pumpkin lover should try this fall!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This one is swirled.  Yummy cheesecake meets pumpkin cake.  Covered in cream cheese frosting and pecans. (you were planning on running tomorrow, right?)
Find the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction...

serve it with...

Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

 Made all by yourself.


Pumpkin Spice Syrup (oh the places you could use this.)
-1C Sugar
-1C Water
when the sugar has dissolved add
-2T Pumpkin Puree
-1 T Pumpkin Pie Spice

Make you own by mixing ...
-3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon 
-2 teaspoons ground ginger 
-2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 
-1½ teaspoons ground allspice 
-1½ teaspoons ground cloves 
-½ teaspoon ground cardamom

Simmer 10 minutes.  Cool.
If you want to be really cool you could keep your pumpkin spice syrup in a cleaned Roundhouse Pumpkin bottle (since they're only 375ml) Just don't confuse the two!

Draw your espresso as usual.

Add Foamed milk to your liking.

Add 2 ounce syrup.

                              Mmm, now that's a good night.

                                                                                        Happy Cooking!