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I was filling up my shopping cart with cans of pumpkin and spontaneously broke out in song (to the embarassment of my 10-year-old daughter):  99 cans of pumpkin in the pantry, 99 cans of pumpkin. Open one up, it measures two cups; 98 cans of pumpkin in the pantry …

There were no other shoppers within earshot, but as we continued through the store the stares seemed to whisper, “What in the world I was going to do with all these cans of pumpkin?” Sometimes I whispered back.

Of course, I didn’t buy 99 cans in one visit, nor could I ever have 99 cans in the pantry at one time. My husband would think I was out of my gourd. To prevent a pumpkin intervention I keep a few cans of orange goodness in the pantry ready for use (and a back-up supply hidden in places that no one would seek: the cabinet that held the cleaning supplies, for example.)

I’ve mentioned my competitive streak before; this includes self-imposed competitions. Wouldn’t it be fun to see if I could use up 99 cans of pumpkin? (Fun comes in different forms.) I’ve altered the rules a little – sometimes I”ll use fresh pumpkin or squash instead of canned. It’ll help hide any suspicions of pumpkin obsession since my husband would notice the cans in the recycling bin …

With the recipes already created, I’ve sung about cans number 99, 98, 97, 96, 95, 94, 93 and 92. I’ve got my singing cut out for me.


November 19: Cans 91, 90, 89 and 88 crossed off the list. I sent a batch of Pumpkin Cheesecakes down to my parents. (My mother is hiding the recipe from my father; this could help me use up more cans…)

November 24: Of course cans are being used for Thanksgiving. #87, 86, 85 and 84 are off the shelf. More of the Pumpkin Cheesecakes, Butternut Squash Soup, and Pumpkin Creme Brulee.

November 25: Thanksgiving was hosted at my sister-in-law’s house, which means that we came home with minimal leftovers. What to make with the leftover turkey? Pasta with pumpkin sauce. Can # 83 emptied. Should have eaten this for lunch; the carbo loading would have helped Black Friday Shopping.

November 26: Pumpkin burgers? I’m open-minded. I love beef and it’s only in recent history that I’ve dabbled in veggie burgers. Can #82 emptied.

November 27: Since we didn’t host Thanksgiving, I needed to have the smell of roasting turkey wafting through the house while we began our Christmas decorating. My menu didn’t include pumpkin, or squash, but I couldn’t help myself. I opened up can #81 and made some pumpkin-mashed potatoes. I’ll talk more about the Thanksgiving Do-Over meal in another post.

November 28: The pumpkin-mashed potatoes reminded me of a pumpkin gratin recipe I came across, so can #80 is off the list.

December 4: Now that the post-Thanksgiving coma is over, it’s time to get cooking again. Pumpkin ice cream!

January 5: New year, new pumpkin recipes. Tonight featured pumpkin pizza and can #78.

January 7: Can #77 goes to S’more Pumpkin Mini-Muffins.

January 23: Happy Lunar New Year and Pumpkin Wontons