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


  1. I love that poem! It would be one to frame and put on the kitchen wall.

  2. One of the harvests from my cookbook collection. I too think it would make a wonderful sampler. Thanks for dropping by, "Grammy."

  3. Louise, what a beautiful recipe-poem!! Pumpkins are indeed a treasure of this season, and dishes made with them are poems in their own right.

  4. When I was a kid, my mom cooked a stew in a pumpkin and I just loved it. It was so cool to see the steaming pumpking brought to the table and discover what was inside. I've always wanted to try it myself - perhaps the time is right!

  5. Hi Manuela,
    Thanks so much for visiting. I wish I could take credit for the poem but, alas, another reward from a vintage cookbook.

    Hi T.W. Nice to "see" ya,
    I've never tried dinner in a pumpkin but it does make me somewhat curious. Let me know if you give it a try. The autumn season is still early. Perhaps, a Thanksgiving dish?

  6. aww, louise, i wish i could try pumpin recipes someday. i am in a place where there are only coconuts and tropical flowers and candles for halloween. hehe.

    fun posts lately! i am catching up. :)

  7. hi acey,

    i'm sorry it's not possible for you to experience pumpkin recipes where you are. do you have squash or any kind of gourd where you are?

    coconuts and tropical flowers sound delightful to me tonight. it is very cold outside here.

    i will have to check to see if i have a coconut pie poem somewhere around here:) i don't think i do though:( maybe, coconut can be substituted for the pumpkin in the pie and adjust the spices, hmmm...

    thanks for "catching up" i'll be doing that tomorrow:)

  8. What a clever idea and tasty sounding recipe.

  9. This is so cute! I love the whimsical nature of your blog!

  10. Thanks for dropping in. Now, I'm going to take a pop over and visit you...

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  12. anon, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. drop by anytime:)

  13. Great poem. What a clever idea i had in my mind of reciting the poem while while baking.


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