In Season: Pumpkins

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Pumpkins have a bit of a typecasting problem. Though they loom large in America’s cultural consciousness each fall, their starring turns are limited to appearances as jack o’ lanterns on Halloween and in pumpkin pies on Thanksgiving. But pumpkins have so much more to offer: sliced and roasted, they’re a sweet foil for rich, savory dishes such as the Afghani dish kaddo bourani, which pairs caramelized pumpkin with spicy ground beef. When baked and mashed, pumpkin purée can be thrown into quick breads, pancakes, and desserts that in no way resemble pie, like the chocolate cake featured below. How to Choose and Store: Small pie or sugar pumpkins are best for cooking. One five-pound pumpkin will yield about 4 ½ cups of purée. Uncut, uncured pumpkins will keep for a couple of months in a cool, dry place. Cooked pumpkin will last about five days in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer. How to Cook:

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Recipe Roundup: October 21, 2011

lentilsThe blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! Fines Herbes Omelet [NYT] Think you know how to make an omelet? Unless you’re Jacques Pépin, there's always room for improvement. Carrot and Lentil Soup [Leite's Culinaria] Red lentils add body and depth to this vibrant-hued Aryuvedic soup.

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Recipe: Michael Reardon's Chocolate–Caramel Tart with Fleur de Sel

Chocolate Caramel Tartlets The beloved combination of salt and caramel is famously addictive—so addictive that eating a single cellophane-wrapped confection does little to dispel our cravings. Thankfully, chef Michael Reardon sent us his recipe for these indulgent tartlets, which are enriched with a layer of chocolate ganache. It's the perfectly portioned salt-meets-sweet treat. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Milk Chocolate Soufflé with Roasted Banana-Caramel Sauce

Milk Chocolate Soufflé with Roasted Banana Caramel Sauce Clinton St. Baking Co. chef Neil Kleinberg made this delectable dessert at a Beard House workshop to demonstrate the power of the egg. We think it’s the perfect way to demonstrate your love to the chocoholic in your life this Valentine’s Day. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Chocolate Rice Pudding with Chile Fudge Sauce

Chocolate Rice Pudding with Chile Fudge Sauce Looking for a chocolate dessert that will put a little kick in your Valentine's Day? This offbeat rice pudding from Buffalo chef Mike Andrzejewski gets a kiss of heat from regular old hot sauce. If you've already settled on a dessert for Monday, you can taste chef Andrzejewski's dish at his Beard House dinner on February 16.

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