Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

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It's Fall now and my favorite time of year. Halloween is near and Thanksgiving right around the corner. That means pumpkins. Pumpkin pie is the definitive fall dessert and there's so many other great pumpkin recipes. I am particularly fond of these Pumpkin Tarts as they are easy to make. And everybody loves crme brulee. This Pumpkin Crme Brulee recipe is simple too and so rich and creamy. It makes the perfect end to a fall meal.

This week's Eat - Don't Eat is really simple. Canned pumpkin is the Eat. Canned? Yep, that's correct. Canned pumpkin.

What's the Don't Eat? Fresh pumpkin.

I know that you might be surprised to hear me tell you to use something canned but read on...

You might be tempted to use one of those pumpkins that you have as decoration and peel it, cut it up and cook it to make your pumpkin pie, tart or crme brulee, but don't bother. It will take you hours and hours to do this and when you get done with peeling, cutting it up, braising the pumpkin until it's soft and then pureeing it in a blender you will have....

Canned pumpkin. There's so little difference in taste the only thing you will get by using fresh pumpkin is a dirty kitchen

The great thing is that pumpkin is really good for you and makes great desserts. It has 7 grams of fiber in a cup and essentially no fat and no cholesterol. So get ready for your fall dinner by opening a can and not wrestling with a fresh pumpkin. Take a walk in the beautiful fall afternoon instead.