Creepy Spider Egg Pudding

Creepy Spider Egg Pudding - BoulderLocavore

Things that go bump in the night; isn’t that what makes Halloween so chillingly fun?  Well, fear of them really.  There are so many creepy creations for Halloween parties on the internet there is no excuse for not throwing a ghoulish bash! When I was in fourth grade I hosted some friends at my house for a Halloween party.   We moved the car from our small garage, decorated in orange and black and set up some traditional games like bobbing for apples, which as a kid we loved.  Now of course everyone is a germaphobe and would never consider dipping multiple sinus cavities in a mutual bucket of water during cold season attempting to bite a fruit someone else already may have had in their mouth.   We knew no better back then, thankfully. After all the games were played we decided … {continue reading}

23 Sweet and Savory Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipes

23 Sweet and Savory Gluten Free Pumpkin Recipes |

We at Boulder Locavore love our fall pumpkin recipes!  Imagine my surprise when looking back to find we have 23 mouthwatering sweet and savory dishes using all using the favorite orange orb!  It seemed a good idea to round them up in one place so as to arm you with options for the upcoming months.  There are dishes for every meal of the day and as always they are gluten-free with a gluten option! Pumpkin Essentials: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: The Best Method Ever! Savory goodness: Pumpkin Polenta with Bacon-Maple Gravy Slow Cooker Pumpkin White Bean Sausage Chili Baked Brie with Maple-Pumpkin Butter, Honey, Marcona Almonds and Pepitas Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins with Whipped Honey-Maple Cinnamon Butter Pumpkin Chipotle … {continue reading}

DIY Homemade Pumpkin Puree

DIY Homemade Pumpkin Puree -

Right now in the Boulder Locavore kitchen, a day does not pass without a dish including pumpkin being happily gobbled up.  From Pumpkin Iced Lattes to the latest Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Bundt cake (with Salted Dark Caramel Glaze), we are eating our fill of this wonderful seasonal squash. I will sheepishly admit that until I started really letting seasonal produce lead my eating, I never imagined that the puree could be made from the pumpkin, and easily.  I suppose I just never thought of it or did not want to take the time.  Way back in the earliest days of the Boulder Locavore blog I shared the method for making Homemade Pumpkin Puree as part of a Creamy Pumpkin Rice Pudding recipe (you can marvel at my fantastic early photos there!).  I’ve linked back to it in more recent recipes … {continue reading}

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Dark Salted Caramel Glaze

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Dark Salted Caramel Glaze - 274p

I hope wherever you are in the Northern Hemisphere you are enjoying as beautiful a fall weekend as are we.  At the end of a veeeeeeeery long week last week, I was remarking to my very sleepy kids on route to school that I was really done with the 85 degree temps; that it’s time for fall.  My teen (who I can say unequivocally is a nice variety teen girl) quietly suggested that I should contact Mother Nature and let her know she had left her summer on too long. Mother Nature got the message because we’ve had our first freeze warning and are enjoying hospitable sweater weather.  It’s a beautiful time for taking walks with the light at a cozy warm angle in the sky.  Brilliant crimson, gold, and peach leaves flutter in the breeze.  Canadian geese are flying overhead.  Halloween … {continue reading}

Pumpkin Polenta with Bacon-Maple Gravy

Pumpkin Polenta with Bacon-Maple Gravy -

Do you ever find yourself in a food rut?  Making the same handful of things repeatedly and if challenged to make something new, you draw a blank?  That happens to me.  You’d think in my line of work recipes would abound and my family would never experience a repeat.  Life is a busy prospect and for me food planning can fall off the list when other ‘to do’s’ on my critical path place a gun to my head. Seasonally-driven eating is the perfect remedy for the kitchen doldrums.  The seasons change and a whole new crew of ingredients rush to the forefront, appealing to our current sensibilities and palate.  Fall features homier, full-flavored produce such as apples and pears, earthy, colorful winter squash, spicier greens, and the beginning of root vegetables.  The flavors are more distinct … {continue reading}

DIY Milk Carton Jack-o’-Lantern Luminarias

Milk Carton Jack-o-Lantern Luminarias tutorial -

This post is shared as part of Boulder Locavore’s ongoing partnership with Silk, exploring healthy lifestyle choices and exciting plant-based dietary options. I’m so excited October has arrived!  Admittedly this is one of my favorite times of the year and I love decorating for Halloween.  My taste has always leaned toward handmade items and more rustic artisan goods which are perfect for Halloween celebrating.  I don’t have the time I wish I did to create new decorations but still try to add something every year.  A favorite I make annually is a Halloween Treat Wreath; made of lollipops covered in Halloween fabric.  Trick-or-Treaters don’t know it’s a treat until they pull one of the balls from the wreath to realize what it is.  We have kids who comment annually about how excited … {continue reading}