I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy at Halloween

My father was never big on holidays so Halloween is special to me because it was one of the few holidays my father got some pleasure out of. Growing up we lived on the second floor of a double house in the city. At Halloween time my Parents and I always got a pumpkin. My father actually loved picking out the pumpkin; I wouldn’t have to even beg for a big one, on his own he would pick out the biggest one he could possibly carry. One year he picked out a pumpkin that was so big he literally had to roll it up our two flights of stairs. First we would cut off the top and scoop out all the seeds. While my mother cleaned the seeds to get ready for the oven, my father and I would get to carving. It was great fun and we came up with some pretty scary faces for our pumpkin. Then afterwards we would enjoy the warm salty pumpkin seeds fresh from the oven…..good memory.

Seeds from Pumpkin
Buttered cookie sheet (oil is fine)

Wash seeds from Pumpkin. Spread on buttered cookie sheet. Toast at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with salt. Eat crunchy.


Joel said...

I've been chopping up sugar pumpkins for weeks now, but today we did our jack-o-lanterns (we're on the ball, I know). We roasted this batch with a bbq spice mix: http://foodmonkeys.blogspot.com/2007/09/oven-bbqed-chicken.html

Julie said...

Joel, I bet you the pumpkin seeds taste great with the BBQ spice mix. Have you ever tried them with the hidden valley ranch powdered dressing mix? Delicious!

Anonymous said...

yum! my mom used to make these at halloween and add a little chili powder and some brown sugar too!

Julie said...

Brianna & Dustin, Chili powder and brown sugar sounds like a fabulous combination.

Alex said...

We just used our toasted pumpkin seeds to make granola bars! they came out so good! your's look great!


Julie said...

I went to your blog and saw those granola bars, they looked delicious.