Friday, October 31, 2014

Dinner~in~A~Pumpkin

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2014-
Here I am in my Waffle Lady Farm Kitchen after it rained all night so it is a perfect day to make my very traditional Dinner~in~A~Pumpkin.  Honestly I have done one every year since Cindy was a toddler. . .my first of six children!

Recipe for Dinner ~ in ~ A ~ Pumpkin

1.  I would always have my children draw a Pumpkin Face on the outside.  This year I found some Bat Stickers that I thought were cute.   Then I would carve out the lid & scrape all the seeds & pulp from the inside with a large metal spoon.

2.  Next I would take some salt & pepper I shake & rub with my hand all over inside so when the pumpkin bakes it has some extra flavor.

3.  Now brown one large Onion & 1 cup of chopped Celery in a dash of Garlic Olive Oil.  Add 2 pounds of organic Ground Beef extra lean so you don't have to drain it.

4.  Add 3 cups of Brown or White Rice that you have cooked ahead in a rice cooker, 2 small cans of Cream of Celery Soup, 1 small can of Water Chestnuts- cut into bite size pieces, 1 cup frozen peas, 1 cup of frozen corn and MIX IT ALL TOGETHER.

5.  Ok, now you're ready to pack the pumpkin & place in the center of your oven (take all the racks out & place your Pumpkin on the bottom rack.

6.  Set the oven at 350 degrees & back about one hour or until the insides of the pumpkin test nice & tender with a fork.

Serve with love by taking a big spoon & scoop out a big portion of the meat & rice mixture and some of the Pumpkin Squash you just baked so nice & tender & feed to your children BEFORE they go out Trick-or-Treating.  I promise they won't be able to eat as much CANDY.  Now that is how I TRICKED my children on HALLOWEEN!