It is a sad day for the Weekend Challenge. I was worried that people might not be able to come up with enough pumpkin recipes, and boy was I right. I even posted a huge article about how to work with pumpkins, just to give everyone a little push. And how many people submitted recipes? Zero. My vegetarian friend Charles did mention he was planning to post a recipe for pumpkin lentil soup, but apparently building fences takes priorities. Maybe if we're lucky he'll post the recipe anyway.
Well, I posted a few more pumpkin recipes this morning. My favorite is the pumpkin ice cream. Now, I thought it would be fun to make a pumpkin ice cream. I figured it would be a nice seasonal recipe that people could make once a year, just as one of those "it's that time of the year" things. I managed to surprise myself on this one. In fact, I was really surprised. I hadn't had an ice cream this good since, well, my ginger lemongrass ice cream. When I open up my own place and start selling frozen desserts, these two ice creams will be on the menu. My vegetarian friends loved it. My in-laws came over and had some yesterday, and they loved it. Even my wife, who was not in the mood for ice cream loved it.
So if you get the chance, whip up a batch of pumpkin ice cream. Or some pumpkin hash browns or pumpkin curry. It's all easy stuff to do. And this weekend, I'll try to go a little easier on ya'll.