You've heard of the Great Pumpkin Shortage of '10, haven't you? No canned pumpkin in town. I started looking early because I Must Have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. I also like pumpkin cake, pumpkin pudding and I wanted to try making pumpkin spiced coffee.
So I am cooking pie pumpkins. Later I will puree them and freeze for November.
I did read that butternut squash makes pies that taste almost like pumpkin, and I'm thinking of trying sweet potato pie, too.
I'm thinking this may not be a big money holiday season so I want to do the traditional things that don't involve big ticket gifts. Homemade pies, cookies, fudge, popcorn balls--when I was a child we made these every year. I remember that warmly, and the memories are much more vivid than the gifts.