Friday, October 30, 2009

american punkins

I suppose it's only fitting that my first Mamatouille blog post after moving back to America from Japan would be loaded with all kinds of quaint (and yummy) Americana. We're staying with my parentals in the Madison, Wisconsin, area and I'm trying to be a proper tourist while here. I've never lived in Wisconsin so I've been doing my part by consuming vast amounts of cheese.

But a few days ago it was all about pumpkins when we visited Green Thumb Farms.

Food? Yes, please! That's what I like to see, folks. I'm all over that.

At only $1 per squash, I couldn't resist.

I got myself a little box of ambercup, butternut, acorn, and carnival squashes and can't wait to fire up my creative juices with these babies (more on that in a future post).

A whole roomful of baskets, apples, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple butter, and pumpkin bars (somehow I managed to resist the back room full of mouthwatering pies of infinite variety and beauty).

Crumby lips that loved those apple cider donuts!

Amazing, moist, and not-too-sweet pumpkin bars with cream-cheese frosting, and apple cider donuts that were so more-ish I was glad I only bought one box (and deigned to share, too!).

Haven't tried the farm-brewed (non-alcoholic for you UK folks reading this!) apple cider yet but am looking forward to heating up a cup soon - betcha it would be fun to stir around with a cinnamon stick.

I, Mamatouille, would like to propose a new holiday for every fall from now on: Hug-a-Punkin Day! Anybody with me?


K and S said...

all those squash, so cheap! looks like so much fun :)

Ivy said...

Good to see you posting again Abigail. It's nice to be home again, isn't it? Do me a favour. What's the long pumpkin (where you have five pumpkins together) called? In greece we call them all kolokytha, so I'm not sure how to call this in English recipes. I'll check you blog again later on. Thanks.

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

K and S - Yes, so cheap and so fun! And VERY cold!

Ivy - I think that's the butternut squash. How do you cook it Greek style? I'd love to know!

Cate said...

i'm with you! maybe we could do it the day after halloween. i have two beautiful, huge pumpkins to hug here that missed the jack-o-lantern carving time slot.
happy halloween!

Ivy said...

Hi Abigail. Thanks for the reply. Hope you had a great Halloween with your family. This is the most usual pumpkin we use in Greece, wo I must fix all my recipes. I've used it to make the recipe for the Royal Joust, at Jenn's and made Kolokythopita, a Greek savory pumpkin pie and of course a traditional Cypriot recipe Kolokotes

Rachael Hutchings said...

I LOVE ambercup!! YUM!