10 Cool Ways to Cook (and Bake) Pumpkin

cooking with pumpkinFall is in full swing, which can mean only one thing for our palates: It's the season for all things pumpkin-flavored.

From donuts to the beers on tap at your local bar, food and drink companies are slipping the distinctive autumnal ingredient into just about anything. Pumpkin spice M&Ms, anyone?

If you’re eager to use the inexpensive gourd to whip up something inventive in your own kitchen, check out these 10 unconventional dishes that highlight the beloved fall staple.

Tip: For these recipes, it’s best to save the big, jack-o'-lantern-style gourds (known as field pumpkins) for the front stoop. Their flesh tends to be too stringy for baking. Instead, opt for sugar pie pumpkins, which are small, dark in color and delightfully sweet.

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