When your mom tells you to eat your veggies, you're probably not thinking about pumpkins. After all, they're for decoration, not dinner, right? Not if you asked an early American settler back in the 17th century. These big orange orbs helped the settlers survive as they were learning how to grow their own crops. Pumpkins were used in making sauces, soups, puddings, pies, and bread!
For a taste of colonial cooking, try this simple recipe. All you'll need is one medium-sized pumpkin for every 2-3 guests. Be sure to have your favorite sweetener on hand, too!
What to do:
1. Wash the pumpkin and cut it into halves.
2. Remove the seeds and the soft clinging pulp.
3. Place the pumpkin pieces with their skins facing up in a greased pan. Bake them at 300 degrees until the pulp is tender. A medium-sized pumpkin will be done in about an hour; a large one may take longer.
4. Drizzle your pumpkin pieces with maple syrup, honey, or molasses and now you have a sweet and simple snack!