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

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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 [...]

Bi-Rite’s Pumpkin Ice Cream

I Love Pumpkins | December 6, 2008

You’ll recall that we ran into Bi-Rite’s Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake at a birthday party last month.
Now we’ve got a pure, unadulterated, acapella photo of Bi-Rite’s Pumpkin Ice Cream. Thank you Citizen Blogger + Master Pumpkin Pie Taster Steve W. for sending this in! In his own words, Steve called it ”tasty.”
If you’re looking for more Pumpkin Ice Cream reviews, use the search bar [...]

Gas Station Coffee

I Love Pumpkins | December 4, 2008

Chevron gas stations are serving machine-made Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I applaud them for the effort; it’s a brilliant idea. However, the execution is terrible.
Smells like… nothing. Tastes like… weak, watered-down coffee with stale cinnamon.
This Chevron was a few blocks away from San Francisco’s Superior Court, where I went to contest a red-light infraction. You’d be happier with their coffee. Their coffee [...]

Peet’s Coffee: Spiced Pumpkin Latte

I Love Pumpkins | December 2, 2008

Now here’s a Pumpkin Latte you can believe in! Amazingly smooth and mellow pumpkin taste.
It’s not too sweet, not too sugary, and… once you’re past the foam, you discover that it’s not artificially colored either. Remember that orangey color you found in Starbucks’ Pumpkin Latte? You won’t find it here and you probably won’t miss [...]

Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix from Trader Joe’s

I Love Pumpkins | December 1, 2008

Tonight Trader Joe’s sampled their Pumpkin Bread Mix baked into a Mini Pumpkin Muffin format. Wow! If I weren’t still trying to work off that second helping of stuffing from last week (second? third?) this bread mix would have landed straight into my shopping cart.
Soothing, welcoming and homey, just the smell of this muffin made [...]

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