Let me say one thing here, right off the bat.
You’re not going to find me humping any pumpkins this autumn season.
Personally, I find pumpkin pie to be vastly overrated. Straight out of the can, the stuff reminds me of orangey catfood. I don’t drink lattes much less $6 “pumpkin-spiced” ones (give it to me strong and black). And my beer? Leave my beer alone. For the love of hops, people, beer is not supposed to come in a cinnamon-sugar-rimmed glass.
But…occasionally, it’s kinda fun to cook with.
I had mac and cheese on the brain when I picked up a can of the gloopy orange stuff at the store this afternoon.
It’s really pretty unbelievable how well creamy orange squash mimics cheese, tricking you in to thinking you’re eating something loaded with the stuff, when really, it’s mostly vegetable matter.
Because I was a little short on time tonight, I cooked the stuff up in a muffin pan instead of a casserole dish.
Recipe: Pumpkin Mac-n-Cheesecakes
OMG, this was good. And healthy…and cute. And fast! This went from zero to belly in about 35 minutes. Can’t beat that!
I figured as long as I was jumping on the bandwagon, I may as well go all out…
A co-worker brought me a bottle of this Uinta Harvest Punk’n Ale. Now, I’ll admit that I haven’t tasted a ton of pumpkin ales. See: comments above. All too often, these pumpkin brews are just gimmicky. As in: they taste like regular beers in which someone just dumped a bunch of pie spice, making them smell like a Yankee candle and taste like a watered-down dessert.
This beer definitely had some of the pie-spice shtick going on, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was very mild and easy to drink. It didn’t hit me over the nose, and in my mouth, it tasted like…well, like a slightly spiced-up light beer. That’s not entirely a bad thing. At 4% ABV, this Punk’n is a relative lightweight and definitely a beer you could drink in multiples.
Bottom line: I suspect true pumpkinhumpers will be disappointed by the subtlety of this beer. But I think that’s why I kind of liked it.
Alright, enough freakin’ pumpkin for one evening.