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October 29, 2010
With Halloween getting ghoulishly closer, I thought I'd forego my usual, what is it about this holiday that makes everyone go mad, since nobody really knows, and concentrate on something we can make a great martini out of.
I thought I'd get your attention.
Yes, the pumpkin — references date back to 5500 BC.
First, the obligatory, though essential, why is this gourd part of this holiday?
And then, why it's virtually ignored after that.
Is there not a pumpkin council to say, it’s not just for Halloween anymore?
As Henry David Thoreau once said, and it was certainly worth saying only once, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Anyway, the practice of carving them up originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed "Stingy Jack."
It's an elaborate story, as only the Irish can concoct, and best told over a few Jameson's.
Seems Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him and true to his name didn't want to pay for his drinks. So he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks.
The Devil, as you would expect, thought that was a mean trick, and banished Jack, eventually, to a soulless wandering in the dark with only a burning coal to light his way.
This, if you can believe, is the condensed version.
The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then "Jack O'Lantern."
In Ireland, Scotland and England, people began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips, potatoes and beets and placing them into windows to frighten away various other wandering evil spirits.
Naturally it fit right in with Halloween.
Immigrants then brought the tradition to the U.S. and found that this fruit, (and it is) originally from Latin America, made a great "Jack."
Nice hard round surface. Easy carving.
Pumpkins turned into pie when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and then filled it with milk, spices, honey and baked it.
So what do we do with them now?
Find some smaller sized pumpkins that have a tender and sweet flavor in your local market.
Just about anything you use squash for, pureed pumpkin will do.
Besides pies, soups, and stews, there's muffins, dumplings, and the famous Pumpkin Martini.
Looking for an idea to feed the little monsters come Sunday?
Pumpkin cookies are the answer.
But I'm sure you must have some ideas of your own.
Or make some up.
On the Friday before Halloween, it's okay to be slightly out of your gourd.
How to Carve a Jack-O-Lantern ehow.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Pumpkin Recipes joyofbaking.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
History of Halloween theholidayspot.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
What do you do with your pumpkin?