How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkin prep from scratch

Pick a pumpkin with good color and texture. Wash it thoroughly. Cut it in half. Remove the seeds then break or cut into uniform pieces. Bake in a 350 degree oven or steam until tender. Cool. Relive the pulp from the skin and mash, blend or food process. Package and freeze for pie fillings or to use with your favorite recipes.

In the microwave, place two sections upside down on wax paper. Cook on high for 10 minutes. Move to a different location and cook for another 10 minutes. Cool. Scrape out the pulp and process as above.  ** Microwave disclaimer: I've never done it this way, so pleaee hold the hateful comments if it isn't pretty! **

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