Foodie Friday: Bring on the Pumpkin!

I am a fool for all things pumpkin, and here is your proof: a week ago I met a friend at Starbucks for a rare weekday hangout. It was 95 degrees outside. The A/C was being serviced inside. It was sticky. I had considered ordering an iced coffee, even though I never do. And then I saw it: the PSL promo. That’s “Pumpkin Spice Latte,” for the uninitiated. I ordered mine steaming hot and lo-cal.

I died a little inside when Christina Applegate, in her monologue last year on Saturday Night Live, said early fall was her favorite time of year because “not every single thing tastes like pumpkin.” I love when that happens! In truth, it’s probably because pumpkin goes so well with baked goods, and I don’t think I’ve ever met a carb I didn’t like.

But KWB member Jodi Pyle made up for the erstwhile Kelly Bundy’s shortcoming when we asked this week for your favorite fall recipes. “My kids love fall and pumpkin pancakes!” ME TOO. What do you think, Jodi, am I a long-lost relative?

Judging by the apparent enthusiasm for this dish at her family’s breakfast table, I assumed hers come out just right. Not true in my case. I’ve tried making pumpkin pancakes in the past, but they always seem to come out a little thick and gummy. How do you get the consistency right? In a word, Jodi says, it’s timing.

I followed the link for the recipe she likes at and found this video attached. This author, Chef John from, makes the distinction between using pumpkin puree (yes) and pie filling (no). His recipe also includes lemon juice, which sounds lovely, and then garnishing with pumpkin seeds, which gives it that Pinterest-y touch. Chef John claims they come out light and airy, not like the bread pudding-ish ones that have ended up on my table. My fingers are crossed.

Do you have a favorite pumpkin dish? Or are you in Christina’s camp? Share it in the comments!

Erin O’Donnell
Co-Editor, Kansas Women Bloggers

3 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: Bring on the Pumpkin!

  1. Jodi Pyle says:

    I’m so glad you watched the video, Erin! I saw it but didn’t take the time but now, I definitely will. My 17-year-old son is particularly obsessed with all things pumpkin, especially (this year) the new pumpkin spice M&Ms at Target. Hmmm, I wonder how they would taste mixed into a batch of pumpkin cookies?

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