By Gail Damerow

The massive orange pumpkin is not any longer only for Halloween! Gail Damerow exhibits you the way to domesticate greater than ninety five forms of pumpkin, and gives recipes for pumpkin pies, truffles, or even pumpkin beer. You’ll additionally methods to use pumpkins in various craft initiatives, from carving specified jack-o’-lanterns to making pumpkin-scented lotions and soaps. With tips about turning out to be immense pumpkins, holding your harvest in the course of the wintry weather, and lots more and plenty extra, The ideal Pumpkin will satisfaction pumpkin fanatics of all sensibilities.

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OSetnceuparriving the tables in a quiet, level corner, if possible. Choose an area with a durable surface. Otherwise, all the foot traffic will wear down grasses and sensitive plant growth. Avoid muddy or low-lying areas, especially if rain is in the forecast. The kitchen must be in a fire-safe area. If using a camp fire or Dutch oven, the cooking area should be adjacent to the camp kitchen so that a close eye can be kept on the situation. When using coals or a campfire, a fire-safe perimeter must be established around the cooking area, free of all combustibles.

Indd 55 1/18/12 2:46 PM Lunch Mondo Dogs 2 pounds lean ground beef 1 small yellow onion, diced (or 2 teaspoons onion powder) 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 tablespoon oregano ½ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 8 cheddar bratwursts 16 bacon strips 8 hoagie rolls Condiments: catsup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickle relish Tip: These are extremely filling, and each dog is divided in half in this recipe to produce reasonable serving sizes. “The boys scoffed at the idea of a ‘burger-dog,’ so the adults made them for lunch one day, ostensibly for the leaders only.

The bacon helps hold the burger-dog together and should cover the outside of the dog in a crisscross pattern. Secure the bacon strips in place with toothpicks. On the grill or over the fire, cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, rotating occasionally and controlling flare-ups. The outsides should be covered in crispy bacon once they are ready, but use a food thermometer to be sure bratwurst is fully cooked to 165°F. Serve on hoagie rolls with your favorite condiments. In a very large skillet, brown ground beef with the diced onions.

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