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How To Cook A Pumpkin

Break off the stem. Cut in half. Scoop out the seeds. Bake on a cookie sheet for 1-1/2 hours until soft, or in a microwave for about 15 minutes per half, or until soft like a baked potato. Measure as the recipe requires. Any recipe will be better if the pumpkin is mixed with the milk and eggs  in the pitcher of a blender (not a mixer).

Butternut squash can be substituted for pumpkin in most pumpkin recipes.

October 1, 2016 6:41 pm Published by

Grandma Marilyn’s Zucchini Relish

Makes 6 to 7 pints


  • Really big pot (not that one, the REALLY big one you have)
  • Food processor or box grater
  • 6 to 8 pint jars with lids and rings
  • Ladle


  • 10 cups grated zucchini
  • 4 cups finely diced onion
  • 1-2 finely diced green and red bell peppers
  • 5 tbsp canning salt or regular table salt
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp clear jel or cornstarch
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 cups white vinegar


  1. Mix together zucchini, onion, peppers, and salt evenly in a large bowl and let stand overnight in a covered container overnight, for at least 12 hours.

* Do not use cast iron or stainless steel for this step. I use my ceramic Crock Pot bowl.


Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Place jars (no lids or rings in oven) on a clean baking sheet lined with newspaper. Warm in the oven for at least 10 minutes. Never put hot products into a cold jar.

  1. Rinse vegetable and salt mix well with cool water and drain well.
  2. In a large pot combine sugar, clear jel or cornstarch, celery seed, dry mustard, and turmeric powder. Mix evenly.
  3. Add in vinegar and bring mixture to a rolling boil.
  4. Add vegetable mix.
  5. Bring to a rolling boil so that it continues to boil while being stirred.
  6. Boil for 3 minutes while stirring. Be sure to stir and occasionally scrape the bottom of the pot. Turn off heat.
  7. Ladle the relish into hot canning jars, leaving a half inch of space between the top of the jar and the relish.
  8. Wipe the rim of the jars with a clean and damp cloth or paper towel to remove any relish. Seal with lids and jar rings. Place the jars upside down and allow to cool. You know the jars are sealed if the lid does not pop back up when you press on the center.


You will need a set of canning tongs for this, and a very large pot/stock pot.

  1. Place jars of relish into a large pot of boiling water with 1 to 2 inches of water above the top of the closed jars. If you don’t have a canning rack you can use a dish towel to keep the jars off the bottom of the pot.
  2. Allow jars to boil for 10 minutes in the covered pot or water bath canner.
  3. Turn off heat and remove the lid. Allow jars to sit in water for 5 minutes.
  4. Place a dry towel on the counter or on a table so the hot jars don’t damage the surface. Remove jars from water with canning tongs. Let the jars sit for 12 to 24 hours right side up, until cool. You know the jars are sealed if the lid does not pop back up when you press on the center.
October 1, 2016 6:33 pm Published by

Pecan Pie

  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup, or more pecans (whole or chopped as to your preference)
  • 1 prepared pie shell

Beat eggs in a blender or with a mixer. Add remaining ingredients except pecans and mix well. Spread pecans out on the pie crust in the pie pan. Slowly pour egg mixture evenly over pecans.
Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, or until it appears firm when you gently move the pan. Cool at least slightly before cutting.

October 1, 2016 6:30 pm Published by

Pumpkin Crunch

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups cooked pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon or 4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix the above in a blender until smooth.  Pour into a 9×13″ pan.

Sprinkle with a dry white or yellow cake mix.

Melt 1-2 sticks butter or margarine and drizzle over the top.

Optional: Sprinkle with 1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until firm.

October 1, 2016 6:28 pm Published by

Pumpkin Pie

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups cooked pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2  tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger, optional
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk ( 1 can)        ( Evaporated is not the same as sweetened condensed.)
  • 1 pie shell, unbaked

Gradually add all ingredients except pie shell into a blender. Mix till smooth.  Pour into pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes, or until it is firm.

October 1, 2016 6:25 pm Published by