Pumploitation Celebration

by Sarah on October 25, 2010 · 6 comments

pumploitation [noun]: (see exploitation, pumpkin) term used to describe the obsession with pumpkin that permeates not only the blog world, but the entire culinary world as a whole, during the months of September, October, and November; overruse of pumpkin in recipes and kitchen creations; paranoia that “THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH!” canned pumpkin to satisfy any potential cravings that might strike; extreme purchasing of canned pumpkin to the detriment of space in your pantry, leading you to possibly have to store cans of Libby’s pumpkin puree in your bedroom closet and/or car
Who would have thought such a lowly can could cause so much hubub? I’ve never seen this much excitement surrounding a canned good since the holiday food drives in middle school.
And yet, I’m not knocking the pumpkin. It is deliciously versatile, almost completely edible (hello, toasted pumpkin seeds), and fun to play with (you get to use knives!). Even Charlie Brown knew they deserved the title of GREAT. [Not to be confused with GRRRRRRRRRREAT Frosted Flakes, however.]

And if you think I haven’t bought into the hype. Come on, people, puh-lease. I’m a sucker like everyone else.

But when I became excessively happy about finding a local Wal-Mart overstocked with giant cans of pumpkin, or the fact that HEB has its own brand of pumpkin puree….and yet, was not using the cans I purchased because I would scared I’d never be able to find more…

I knew something had to be done.

So what’s a girl to do when she needs to get over her fear of actually using the pumpkin* AND wants to slightly mock herself (and others…sorry…but really, people, there are other squash on the farm)?

*I would like to note that I actually didn’t use any of the pumpkin I already had. I bought more. Hey, change doesn’t come in a day. Step One: Admitting You Have a Problem.


The menu was quite delicious, if I do say so myself…

“Headless Horsemen”
(Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Pumpkin-Ricotta)Pumpkin Hummus
(with raw yellow squash, bell peppers, and carrots)
Cheddar Cheese “Pumpkin”
(with wheat crackers)Teddy‘s Japanese Pumpkin (Kabocha) Salsa
[Sorry, no photos…but it was green and delicious!]

Main Course

Pumpkin Lasagna (Four Ways)
Sweet-Tart Pumpkin Salad
(Mixed Greens Topped With Roasted Pumpkin Chunks, Sundried Tomatoes, Crumbled Ricotta Salata, and Roasted Pepitas with Balsamic Vinegar Drizzle)

Pumpkin “Goop”
(Creamy Pumpkin Pudding Layered With Gingersnap Crumbs)Gluten-Free Jack ‘o Lantern Cupcakes*

*Thanks Jen! [We thought they were from a bakery because of her adorable fancy lettering on the box!]And I managed to convince quite a few people that pumpkin was actually, well, good. Not a pumpkin person? I can win you over.
Of course, after all that celebrating of pumpkins, both real and fake, in an attempt to get rid of the pumploitation stock-pilation in my house and move on to another food obsession….

(Can you spot the fake?)

….I just ended up with a lot of leftover pumpkin.

So now I’ll be pumploiting all week. Oh well. I’ll fit right in to the blogosphere after all:)

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roastedrootsandpumpkinspice October 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I enjoy the pumploitation that's been going around. Please invite me to the next pumpkin picnic! Everything looks amazing.

Cathy October 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Will you be posting recipes for the pumploitation???

alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free October 25, 2010 at 7:41 pm

This looks so fun!!! But where's the Pumpkin Pie??? 😛

Rowie October 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Love the pumpkin variety, and all the cute names! Looks like a tasty autumnal meal!

Diana October 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm

love your cheddar cheese pumpkin! i've been thinking about doing a pumpkin party like all iron-chef themed! with pumpkin as the secret ingredient! :)

Lele October 26, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Why do I not live in Austin?!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!

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