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November 18, 2009
Pumpkin pie Total time: About 1 hour Servings: Makes 1 (9-inch) pie 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups (15 ounces) puréed cooked pumpkin 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup, preferably grade "B" 3 eggs 1 1/3 cups half-and-half 1 prepared unbaked pie shell 1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
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NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Thanksgiving is just days away, and it's never too soon to start planning your menu. Food editor Russ Parsons and I will be demonstrating videos of classic dishes on the blog every couple of days to get you in the mood. Pumpkin shows up on the Thanksgiving table in so many guises. But have you ever thought about using the seeds? This twist on turkey dressing is so spectacular it was voted one of the best recipes of the year in 2008. Combine toasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas , fragrant Spanish chorizo, chiles and corn bread and there will be no question as to why it is such a winner.
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FOOD
October 29, 1997 | By Cindy Dorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  Total time : 15 minutes Servings : 4 quesadillas 8 flour tortillas 1/2 cup canned refried black beans 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese 1. Cut pumpkin shape out of each tortilla with 6-inch pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter. 2. Place 4 pumpkin-shaped tortillas on baking sheet. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans on each cutout. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Top each with remaining pumpkin cutouts to make sandwich. 4. Using butter knife or bottle caps (if kids are helping)
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Thanksgiving is just days away, and it's never too soon to start planning your menu! Food editor Russ Parsons and I will be demonstrating videos of classic dishes on the blog every couple of days to get you in the mood. We're beginning with a Test Kitchen favorite: pumpkin-thyme dinner rolls. This recipe, from food writer Regina Schrambling, is a reminder that a well-made roll is something special. Crisp on the outside but tender at the center, and terrific enough to have been named one of our best recipes of the year in 2002, they adapt easily to even the most crowded holiday schedule.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
Sure, you could carve up a jack-o'-lantern, but what did that innocent pumpkin ever do to you? The craft project of the moment is a kinder, gentler take on Halloween pumpkins that turns the gourds into succulent planters. The concept is credited to San Diego garden designer Laura Eubanks, who said she came up with the idea three years ago after buying a warty pumpkin at Trader Joe's and deciding to dress it up. Since then, the idea has taken off. “I have a workshop in my garage now, two helpers and enough business to keep me rockin' until Christmas,” Eubanks said by email.
FOOD
July 18, 2007
  Total time: About 50 minutes Servings: 4 Note: If you would like a spicier pumpkin seed sauce, double the amount of chiles.
HEALTH
October 25, 2010 | By Elena Conis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Some people toss them in the trash. Others roast them for a snack. The most ambitious among us collect them and press them to produce pumpkin seed oil ? an increasingly popular culinary oil that's also used in supplements for prostate health. Over a century ago, American farmers noted that when their livestock munched on pumpkin seeds, they seemed to urinate more often. They weren't the first to notice the seeds' effects. The Iroquois had long used pumpkin seed as a diuretic, and the Cherokee gave it to children to control bed-wetting, since it seemed to help empty the bladder before falling asleep.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
We know all about Honey Boo Boo and her mom, Mama June. But the rest of the Thompson/Shannon clan has been given a supporting role on the runaway TLC hit "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. " But on Wednesday night's episode (one of two), Honey Boo Boo's 13-year-old sister, Pumpkin, gets the spotlight. And let's pause a moment to worry about the health of poor Lauryn Shannon. The girl chooses to enter her teenage years in one of the most disgusting ways possible: taking on Pigzilla.
SPORTS
October 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Do you love Vin Scully? No, I mean, do you really love Vin Scully? Enough to declare it to all your neighbors? Enough to sacrifice any attempt to spook all the little Captain Americas and Hello Kittys that come knocking on Halloween to greet  them with a pumpkin - of Vin Scully smiling back at them? It can be done! All it takes is a pumpkin, carving tools and your handy-dandy Vin Scully stencil. And get this, the stencil template is free.   Brighten everybody's day with the Vin Scully pumpkin stencil: http://t.co/qaJYPxhMBC pic.twitter.com/z4bCeGJWP2 - Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Jason Wells
There are giant pumpkins, and then there are giant pumpkins that weigh more than a small car, pack on 50 pounds a day and require a forklift to move. On Monday, a California tournament crowned a new record holder. Weighing in at 1,985 pounds, Gary Miller's giant gourd set a new record Monday for a California pumpkin at the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-off. At one point during its furious 100-day growth cycle, the pumpkin was adding 50 pounds every 24 hours to end up weighing more than a two-seat Smart car. Linus van Pelt, eat your heart out. "I am so happy," Miller told the Bay Area's KRON-TV.
NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Love pumpkin? Here are some treats that go beyond traditional pie, from pancakes and bread that work well any time of the day, to a rich ice cream for a sweet after-dinner finish. Better yet? They're all vegetarian -- perfect for Meatless Monday. Pumpkin pancakes: Pancakes are an easy dish for any time of the day. This recipe uses canned pumpkin along with a medley of spices for fluffy cakes that come together in less than 30 minutes. Pumpkin bread: Serve a warm slice of this bread alongside a simple salad for an easy dinner idea.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
He is the Picasso of pumpkins. For the last seven years, Joseph Yakovetic has chiseled intricate pieces of character art -- Yoda, Goofy, Iron Man, Jack Skellington, Alice in Wonderland -- out of squash in front of audiences at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Wielding clay loop tools and a linoleum cutter, Yakovetic tackles simple likenesses, such as Mickey Mouse, whom he can carve in 15 to 20 minutes, and complex characters, like Davy Jones from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” whose tentacled beard takes several hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Saturday Night Live This prime-time outing features a compilation of Halloween-themed sketches. 8 p.m. NBC The Returned The dearly departed mysteriously reappear as if nothing had happened to them in this supernatural French import. 9 p.m. Sundance Ghost Adventures Transylvania, home of the fictional Count Dracula and the historical Vlad the Impaler, is the next stop for this spook-seeking series.
SPORTS
October 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Do you love Vin Scully? No, I mean, do you really love Vin Scully? Enough to declare it to all your neighbors? Enough to sacrifice any attempt to spook all the little Captain Americas and Hello Kittys that come knocking on Halloween to greet  them with a pumpkin - of Vin Scully smiling back at them? It can be done! All it takes is a pumpkin, carving tools and your handy-dandy Vin Scully stencil. And get this, the stencil template is free.   Brighten everybody's day with the Vin Scully pumpkin stencil: http://t.co/qaJYPxhMBC pic.twitter.com/z4bCeGJWP2 - Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers)
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
Sure, you could carve up a jack-o'-lantern, but what did that innocent pumpkin ever do to you? The craft project of the moment is a kinder, gentler take on Halloween pumpkins that turns the gourds into succulent planters. The concept is credited to San Diego garden designer Laura Eubanks, who said she came up with the idea three years ago after buying a warty pumpkin at Trader Joe's and deciding to dress it up. Since then, the idea has taken off. “I have a workshop in my garage now, two helpers and enough business to keep me rockin' until Christmas,” Eubanks said by email.
NEWS
October 17, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Nobody celebrates fall like Half Moon Bay, Calif., a.k.a. the World Pumpkin Capital. On Saturday and Sunday it hosts its annual (now in its 43rd year) Art & Pumpkin Festival , featuring a display of Volkswagen-size champion pumpkins, the Great Pumpkin Parade (noon Saturday) with grand marshal J.T. Snow, a San Francisco Giant fan favorite; live music; a Haunted House; a new zip line; 5k and 10k Pumpkin Runs and more than 3,000 tons of pumpkins waiting to be picked from patches around town.  You can also get your fill of the orange orb with a number of pumpkin-flavored treats (new this year -- warm pretzels with a pumpkin sauce and pumpkin seeds)
NATIONAL
September 30, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a gourdzilla the size of your car, and it's worth $15,500. Topsfield Fair officials in Massachusetts say Ron Wallace of Greene, R.I., has broken a world record for biggest-ever pumpkin with a 2,009-pound abomination that weighs more than most NFL offensive lines. The fair posted a video of the competition on Facebook featuring numerous thousand-plus whoppers, a few of which tended to be more yellow than orange. The weighing session for Wallace's prizewinner featuring a man shouting, "Stay up!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Jason Wells
There are giant pumpkins, and then there are giant pumpkins that weigh more than a small car, pack on 50 pounds a day and require a forklift to move. On Monday, a California tournament crowned a new record holder. Weighing in at 1,985 pounds, Gary Miller's giant gourd set a new record Monday for a California pumpkin at the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-off. At one point during its furious 100-day growth cycle, the pumpkin was adding 50 pounds every 24 hours to end up weighing more than a two-seat Smart car. Linus van Pelt, eat your heart out. "I am so happy," Miller told the Bay Area's KRON-TV.
SCIENCE
October 15, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
The biggest pumpkins in the world keep getting bigger. This year the largest pumpkin at the annual Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif., weighed in at 1,985 pounds -- bigger than any pumpkin in the contest's 40-year history. Still, it was not the largest pumpkin grown in California this year. That title goes to a 2,032-pound monster that was entered in a different competition in Morgan Hill, about 24 miles south of San Jose. The giant squash also holds the new world record.
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