Bite Into Autumn: Just Add Pumpkin

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Overview

Everyone's favorite fall gourd isn't just for carving and Thanksgiving pie anymore. An everyday diet staple around the world from Italy to India, the versatile winter squash can be eaten every meal of the day and in everything from savory curries to sweet drinks. We've racked our brains to find 25 ways to get your gourd on.

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Oatmeal

Add a dollop of pumpkin puree to your morning oatmeal for a burst of vitamin A and a mild, nutty flavor.

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Pancakes

There's something about orange spiced pancakes that puts us in the autumn mood even more than falling leaves.

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Latte

Move over, Starbucks -- make your own "Pumpkin Spice Latte" by adding canned pumpkin (or pumpkin syrup), pumpkin pie spice and a bit of vanilla and sugar to your morning cuppa. Whipped cream optional (but highly recommended).

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Doughnuts

Pumpkin puree and warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves make homemade spice doughnuts even more special.

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Salad

Chunks of roasted pumpkin (seasoned with salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil) add a special something to any dinner salad -- especially when showered with roasted seeds.

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Quesadilla

Add Mexican flair by melting pumpkin puree along with a salty cheese like feta or queso fresco (black beans would be a nice addition, too).

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Bread

Nothing says "fall" more than fresh-out-of-the-oven pumpkin bread. We like it topped with cream cheese or marscapone, but you could go the distance and top it with our next favorite pumpkin treat ... - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Cinnamon Spice Squash Bread in HD

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Butter

If you're an apple butter aficionado, it's easy to make this pretty, amber-hued jam -- great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

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Soup

Dress up this classic fall favorite and impress dinner guests by serving it in a hollowed-out pumpkin shell.

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Patties

You've heard of Greek zucchini pancakes -- use the same technique with winter squash like pumpkin for a delicious appetizer or side. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Greek-Inspired Zucchini Pancakes in HD

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Curry

Spice up your dinner with this savory take on curry with pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Double your pleasure by serving it with a traditional garnish like our next favorite.

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Chutney

A traditional tangy compliment to spicy curries, this savory jam will keep in the fridge for up to two months and can also be served with bread and cheese as an appetizer.

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Mac and Cheese

Add vitamins and a burst of color to classic mac and cheese by adding pureed pumpkin to the mix.

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Mashed

Use the same technique you use on potatoes to make a quick, healthy and colorful side dish.

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Ravioli

Pumpkin has long been an Italian pasta filling. For a fun weekend project, break out the pasta maker and make homemade ravioli.

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Risotto

All it takes is some careful stirring to make an easy, elegant pumpkin risotto.

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Pizza

Make an autumnal pizza pie by adding roasted pumpkin along with other harvest veggies.

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Ice Cream

Add pumpkin puree and the usual spices to ice cream base for a creamy fall treat.

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Whoopie Pie

Capitalize on the latest trend to hit the baking world by whipping up a few pumpkin-spiced whoopie pies.

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Cheesecake

A slight hint of pumpkin and spice will make your cheesecake anything but ordinary.

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Fudge

Though chocolate is the most popular fudge flavor, it's certainly not the only one -- pumpkin adds a nutty flavor and subtle orange hue.

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Juice

A favorite in the world of Harry Potter, pumpkin juice is sweet, earthy and easy to make if you have access to a juicer.

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Cookies

Pumpkin spice cookies drizzled with a sweet glaze are a great addition to your holiday cookie rotation.