Improving On Martha Stewart’s Bad Example

I Love Pumpkins | September 28, 2011

Publishing is hard work. Surely you’ve noticed? After one whole entire committed pumpkin season of dedicated blogging, I semi-retired from my website in 2009.
But yesterday’s New York Times article about Martha Stewart inspired me with a new idea. Why create new content if I can just repurpose the archive I wrote a while [...]

The Evolution of the Pumpkin Martini

I Love Pumpkins | September 26, 2011

Pumpkin Martinis helped inaugurate the first-ever International Pumpkin Day in 2004. Back then, pumpkin schnapps wasn’t readily available to consumers and even bars, so very few bars offered this drink as a result. But Lola’s in Los Angeles certainly did, so the inaugural members of International Pumpkin Club celebrated the first ever Pumpkin Day at [...]

Muffin In The Pumpkin City

I Love Pumpkins | October 20, 2010

Muffins are nothing but an excuse to eat cake for breakfast in order to pretend to be healthy. This Low Fat Pumpkin Muffin from Café Angélique on Grove Street in New York’s West Village is a prime example. It is very light and airy with an extremely fine flour texture. Such a delicate consistency [...]

Pumpkin Tortelloni in a New York Heat Wave

I Love Pumpkins | September 25, 2010

Pumpkin Tortelloni at Russo’s in Park Slope are stored in a refrigerator that’s stacked full of options. Many flavors of tortellini, tortell-O-ni and ravioli, fresh cut pasta and stuffed ravioli of all kinds await you! But naturally you’ll want to try the Punpkin Tortelloni first. I didn’t buy any for tonight, since my hosts are [...]

How To Beat The Stock Market

I Love Pumpkins | March 10, 2009

Since my last blog entry, I’ve been busy studying the important correlation between stock market returns between the years 1969 – 1983 and pumpkins.

I’ve discovered that stock market seasonality is directly related to the availability of pumpkins! Indeed, stock market returns go up as soon as pumpkin foods become broadly available in the Fall.
Thank you [...]

Safeway Select Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

I Love Pumpkins | December 26, 2008

Earthy, deep and not too sweet. This ice cream almost feels healthy, the way a bran muffin feels deceptively healthy. It would be good for breakfast. Let me rephrase that… it WAS good for breakfast. Sugar + pumpkin + milk = the next superfood?
The color is dark and rich like a moody pumpkin. The texture produces [...]

Waste Not

I Love Pumpkins | December 22, 2008

Pumpkin friends… if you’re living in a dream world where you don’t mind creating a lot of litter every time you drink a cup of coffee, this one might be for you. I’ve never tasted it because I don’t have one of those single-serving coffee makers. The coffee might be good but must life really [...]

Pumpkin Shiitake Miso Soup by Alive!

I Love Pumpkins | December 21, 2008

Pumpkin devotees are familiar with my dilemma. Most pumpkin foods are desserts. So it was a nice change seeing the Pumpkin Shiitake Miso Soup at the Ferry Building this morning, created by the raw food restaurant “Alive!”. I was relieved that I wouldn’t have to do extra sit-ups or skip another meal just to keep [...]

Miniature Pumpkin Pies

I Love Pumpkins | December 21, 2008

The Christmas Party of All Christmas Parties last Saturday was dressed to the nines. The Christmas tree was PHAT. The bar was stocked. And the food was incredible. Beyond the delicious crab cakes, crispy egg rolls, Hawaiian puffies, steamed gyoza with dipping sauce, roast ham, rounds of grilled sirloin steak… miniature  pumpkin pies sealed the [...]

Pumpkin Cocoa Nib Crème Brulée with Candied Hazelnuts at Epic Roasthouse

I Love Pumpkins | December 16, 2008

Ingredients! Technique! Artistry! Jan Birnbaum is now my favorite chef. Not only has he assembled a delicious menu of steaks, salads and unique entrees like his molasses-glazed pork.. he’s got an amazing Pumpkin Crème Brulée that (hat-tip to his New Orleans inspired cuisine) will rock you like a hurricane.
On Sunday night Chudi N. and I [...]

House-Made Pumpkin Pie at Grubstake

I Love Pumpkins | December 14, 2008

Do you need a little Christmas? Right this very minute? Try Grubstake, an urban diner that’s decorated to the hilt for the holidays. They make their own pumpkin pie. What a charm! They call it “house-made” and for $4.25 the pie is pretty damn good.
Grubstake must be the cutest diner West of New Jersey, especially at Christmas [...]

Goldy’s Spiced Pumpkin Cheese Spread

I Love Pumpkins | December 12, 2008

Light, puffy, fluffy and sweet.
The sweetness was a personal disappointment. All of Goldy’s other cheeses are savory, and their Pumpkin Cheese hangs out in the fridge with the Gorgonzolas and Manchegos, like they were all part of the same gang. This made me think “Wow! A salty pumpkin cheese!” Alas, it’s like a Crip got mixed up with [...]

Muirhead Pumpkin Pecan Butter

Jura | December 12, 2008

SPICE UP YOUR BAGEL! The best pumpkin butter on the market!  Really!  Available at the Williams-Sonoma store and online at  On the website you’ll find other delicious butters, dressings, and sauces.
Muirhead of Ringoes, New Jersey, a producer of specialty foods makes a prize-winning Pecan Pumpkin Butter that melts in your mouth and bursts into [...]

Tastykake Pumpkin Pie

I Love Pumpkins | December 8, 2008

Gentleman \Gen”tle*man\, n. [OE. Gentilman nobleman; cf. F. gentilhomme.]
1. A man well born; one of good family; one above the condition of a yeoman.
2. One of gentle or refined manners; a well-bred man.
3. One who brings back four Tastykake Pumpkin Pies from Philadelphia for
A buddy smuggled four Tastykake Pumpkin Pies, completely intact, back into [...]

Kabocha Korokke? Hai!

I Love Pumpkins | December 7, 2008


Kabocha Korokke is Japanese pumpkin croquette. Master P and I say, HAI!
It’s like a Japanese mashed-potato pancake, but with kabocha instead of spuds. Amazingly, the delicious fried flavor isn’t oily at all. We figured this is probably because of it’s coated with panko, a unique version of Japanese bread crumbs in the form of crispy, flavorful flakes.
In [...]

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