Seasonal Sundays (Week 44) Pumpkin Heaven

Happy Halloween circa 2020, all! To celebrate, I've pulled together an entire patch of pumpkin recipes. (Can one ever have too many?) Here's the chance to turn your own kitchen into pumpkin heaven ...
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

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Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins ♥, healthy pumpkin muffins that stay fresh for days. Moist and spicy with great texture.

Something for Supper

Fall Stew Baked in a Whole Pumpkin ♥, a vegetarian stew cooked inside a small pumpkin.

Supper Casserole with Pumpkin & Green Chile Cornbread Topping, an easy fall supper ♥

Something for the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Grits (or Pumpkin Grits or Butternut Squash Grits) ♥, a 'skinny' pot of grits, conveniently cooked in the slow cooker with sweet potato (or pumpkin or butternut squash) and a little mik, with just a tablespoon of butter stirred in to finish.

Back-Pocket Recipe

We all keep certain recipes in our virtual back pockets, right? We might not need them right this minute but recognize their usefulness in our recipe repertoires.

Pumpkin Cheesecake ♥, a real crowd pleaser, barely sweet with ginger-pecan crust and bourbon.

Fun for Kids & Loved by Grownups

Baked Pumpkin Donuts and Donut Holes ♥, cake donuts warm with spices, coated with buttery sugar. A really special fall treat. Recipe, insider tips, nutrition and Weight Watchers points included.

Meal Prep

Sweet Pumpkin Seed Crumbles, a fall favorite ♥ A Veggie Venture, crunch clumps of honey-sweetened oats and pumpkin seeds, more nut brittle than granola.
  • THE RECIPE Sweet Pumpkin Seed Crumbles Crunchy clumps of honey-sweetened oats and pumpkin seeds, more nut brittle than granola.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Pumpkin Granola Lightly sweetened, gently spiced with our favorite fall spices.

Fall Classics

Honey Pumpkin Pie ♥, sweetened with honey instead of processed sugar.

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

Homemade Kabocha Squash Pumpkin Purée ♥, how and why to make pumpkin puree not from pumpkin but from kabocha squash.

Simple Sweets

Autumn Pumpkin Bread ♥, moist, flavorful pumpkin bread, my forever-favorite recipe.

Zucchini Bread with Pumpkin, a season-crossing quick bread ♥, part zucchini bread, part pumpkin bread, part spice cake. After a healthy makeover, Half the Calories. Great for Make-Ahead & Food Gifts.

Pumpkin Bars ♥, quick & easy, filled with fall spices.
  • THE RECIPE Pumpkin Bars Quick and easy, filled with fall spices.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Snickerdoodle Bars Snickerdoodle flavors with the firm, chewy texture of blondies.


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Ripe Bananas for Baking: How Ripe Should Bananas Be? and How to Roast a Whole Butternut Squash. But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

How to Roast a Whole Pumpkin (or Better Yet, Kabocha Squash)  ♥

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ♥, familiar ingredients somehow create unexpected layers of flavor and color. Festive for holiday buffets and tables.

Whole Pumpkin Baked with Custard Inside ♥, a fun fall dessert.

What's New?!

Potato Soup, all the great taste, lighter and healthier with cauliflower ♥ Lower-Carb & Lower-Cal. Homemade Comfort Food. Perfect for Cold Weather. Great for Meal Prep. Weeknight Easy. Naturally Gluten Free.

Baked Apples, another time-tested recipe ♥, a fall tradition, simple and cinnamony with a luscious sauce.
  • THE RECIPE Baked Apples Fall's best apples baked in a warm apple-flavored browns-sugar sauce.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Cinnamon Apples Festive color for the holiday table.

Just Updated!

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in a Slow Cooker, so simple ♥ Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Gluten Free. WW Friendly. Budget Friendly.

Asian Carrot Sesame Salad, another simple salad from everyday ingredients ♥ Vegan. Low Carb. WW Friendly.

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Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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