Pumpkin Everything Now, Please

Once a year, there’s a glorious time; mostly it’s the month of November but this year the chilly, crisp season’s starting earlier than usual. It’s the time when the swirling winds of autumn cause me to break out that over-sized fuzzy auburn sweater I love, and more than that, my taste buds crave pumpkin.

Pumpkin everything, now please.

I sip on pumpkin lattes with cinnamon sprinkled on the foamy top in a heart shape. I see the small pumpkins at the supermarket and cradle them like pumpkin babies, cooing and pinching their bumps and curves. I see a full-grown one carved to look like the old man from ‘UP!’ and I feel compelled to BBM a million pictures of it to everyone I know with a dippy caption like, “UP-MPKIN! Get it?! So cute, omg.”

At the bar, I drink cold pumpkin ale, my chilly fingers against the frosted glass. It’s frigid outside and the beer isn’t steaming, but for some reason, the pumpkin flavor warms my belly, heart and my toes in my furry comfortable-but-ugly boots. If I was the kind of city gal who sipped cocktails, I’d order a pumpkin-sloshed concoction with tiny candy-corn pumpkins poking out like martini olives.

For breakfast? Pumpkin pancakes. Pumpkin muffins. This new cereal I just invented called “Pumpkin Puffs.” They’re little crunchy orange and green balls that taste like pumpkins. I could put them in cinnamon milk or eat them raw from the ceramic mug I painted that time me and my old roommate got wine-drunk and went ballistic at Color Me Mine.

And oh, where do we even start on dessert? Pumpkin ice cream with Oreo cookie chunks, sweet pumpkin cheesecake, creamy pumpkin cupcakes — and the classic beauty that is the old-fashioned pumpkin pie.

I look back fondly on the Halloween I was a baby when my parents dressed me in a pumpkin costume — orange onesie and green stem cap looped from the top of my head to under my chubby chin. While I loved that costume, I have to say it was a dangerous choice; I can’t believe they took me out on the streets looking so tasty.

I’m not even born and bred of this autumnal stock. I grew up in South Florida with banana trees in my backyard. The only time I ever saw a pumpkin was when my mom rented the It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! VHS from the public library.

But I was spellbound when I headed up north for college. For the first time in my life, the trees were flecked with color like a van Gogh painting and I could practically smell the change of seasons. My love of pumpkins was sprouted. I fell for fall.

This time of year, nothing beats a hot cup of tea and a pumpkin pastry. But this spiced-up season makes my stomach and mind collaborate on some pretty cracked-out ideas. Pumpkin enchiladas. Pumpkin spaghetti. Pumpkin macaroni and pumpkin cheese. Googling these combos shows that all three exist. Top Chef: Pumpkins Edition. That TV studio would smell like my version of heaven.

Yep. This time of year, I’m totally Team Pumpkin. I’ve got an orange and brown striped Hogwarts scarf and I’m waving a pumpkin flag I sewed myself like the Betsy Ross of deliciousness.

Unfortunately, the window for pumpkin season is a small one. Feeling the crisp air on your neck as you nuzzle into a thick wool scarf puts a rare perfect button on a warm cup of pumpkin-spiced coffee.

Let’s all enjoy the deep maroons and burnt oranges and pie-crust browns of the season because right now, it’s pumpkin everything now, please. TC mark

image – Rich Bowen


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  • Anonymous

    what about pumpkin genocide

    • Anonymous

      I’m taking them all down! Into my belly!

  • Gilligan

    Love this article!  You did however forget about the best pumpkin creation–the pumpkin float.  Nothing better than pumpkin beer and pumpkin ice cream.

    • Anonymous


  • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

    Pumpkin everything… except coffee. Can’t get on board with that one, because it’s icky.

    • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

      Also, and may you not blow a gasket over this, I have to say I think sweet potato is superior to pumpkin in the pie category.

      • Anonymous

        I do love sweet potato. Maybe it’s the color that really vibes with this time of year. But pumpkin is king. (Even in coffee!!!) :)

      • Anonymous

        FUCK YOU

      • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

        For being right? If you insist.

  • http://twitter.com/layzrr Matthew

    My hat goes off to Gaby for replying to all these comments in an enthusiastic and orange-tinted manner.

  • Oliver Miller

    I don’t have Pumpkin Time, yuck, but for me, the equivalent of it is Egg Nog Time.  I love Egg Nog so much, but they give us Egg Nog so briefly — like 60 noggy days and then it’s over again.  It kills me.

    • Anonymous

      As a Jew, I never knew egg nog time. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted it.

      • Josh Gondelman

        My dad is probably egg nog’s biggest fan. He will drink it every day it is available, and he stockpiles it in preparation of January 1st.

  • Guest

    Oh my goodness lets be friends.

  • http://twitter.com/KarolineZ Karoline Zacharer

    Love, love, loved this post!!!!  You really need to try pumpkin tortellinis in a cinnamon cream cause…absolute heaven on earth.  I am so with you on Team Pumpkin, my mom’s AMAZING pumpkin bread has been my favorite food ever since I can remember!

    • Anonymous

      Your mom should mail me some pumpkin bread! Haha. Pumpkin tortellinis are going on the list.

      • http://twitter.com/KarolineZ Karoline Zacharer

        My friends at school always ask me for it.  Half the time I think they only visit me for my pumpkin bread.

  • Keltydennis

    Oh my god yes. I sent this text to my best friend yesterday: “I don’t think I will ever not take picking out pumpkins very. Very seriously.” I wander through the pumpkin patch and pick each one up and hug it to my belly and talk to it a little. It’s serious business.

    • Anonymous

      You’re my hero.

  • Josh Gondelman

    Autumn has by far the best seasonal food. From pumpkin cheesecake to apple cider donuts. Holy mackerel. 

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