Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkin Pie Poem

...What moistens the lips, and what brightens they eye?
What calls back the past like the rich pumpkin pie?
~John Greenleaf Whittier~ "The Pumpkin"

Here's a rhyming recipe poem for pumpkin pie and my daughter Michele's recipe for Dinner in a Pumpkin. Enjoy! 

Pumpkin Pie
Grandmother Lord was a woman wise
And this is the way she made pumkin pie:
Wash pumpkin and cut it small,
Put into, cook in a kettle tall
So that the bubbles will not pop out
To spatter the stove all round about.
Let it bubble and boil and stew
The livelong day 'till it's brown all through;

Stirring it often, and when its done,
Make it through the colander run.
Take of molasses. half a cup,
And with 3 of pumpkin mix up:
Cup and one-half of sugar white
And salt one-half a teaspoon quite.
Mix these well, stirring does no harm--
Then ginger, cinnamon, butterwarm,
A teaspoon each of the above
To season the pies of the Yankee's love.

Then four fresh eggs and a quart of milk,
Line three round tins with pastry white.
Beat well and stir 'till as fine as silk;
Pour in your filling and bake them quite

A full half hour, 'till they're well done
Then let them cool, and sire and son
And husband and preacher and family friend
Will praise your pumpkin pies no end. 
North Dakota Baptist Women Cookbook
Dinner In A Pumpkin
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 med. onion, finely chopped
4 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 Tbsp. butter
1 lb. ground beef     
½ c. Worcestershire
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 c. cooked rice
1 med. Pumpkin (10-13 lbs.)
Cut top off pumpkin. Clean inside well. Draw a big face with permanent marker on front of pumpkin.  Lightly lubricate outside of pumpkin with vegetable oil.  In skillet, sauté celery, onions and mushrooms in butter. Set aside. Brown ground beef and drain. In bowl, combine vegetables, hamburger, soy sauce, brown sugar, soup and cooked rice. Mix well. Spoon hamburger rice mixture into pumpkin. Replace pumpkin top. Bake at 350° for 1½ hours or until pumpkin is tender. Serve hot making sure to scrap inside of pumpkin into dishes along with hamburger mixture. I like to add variations to this recipe.  I have made it adding a can of diced tomatoes, drained.  And I've also added corn since my kids like it.  So feel free to experiment with this one.

FYI: Today is also the birth date of Joy of Cooking author Irma von Starkloff Rombauer. 


Another recipe for Nursery Rhyme Pumpkin Pie this one from Libby's and Rochelle's Vintage Recipes:)

1. The Rhyming Recipe (what they are and another sample)
2. Rhyming Recipe from Macbeth
3. Peanut Brittle Rhyming Recipe