You know Fall is here when pumpkins line the outside of your grocer, huge displays of canned pumpkins appear out of nowhere, and you find yourself craving pumpkin-spiced treats.
Pumpkin appears on every coffee shop menu: from pumpkin lattes at Starbucks, to pumpkin muffins and donuts at every donut shop.
In Canada, it is our Thanksgiving holiday in October which is the unofficial launch of pumpkin season.
Thanksgiving Launches Pumpkin Season in Canada
The Dowager might quip “What is Thanksgiving?” since the UK doesn’t celebrate a one-day feast; instead, there is a month of Harvest Festival events.
The Canadian Thanksgiving holiday was officially proclaimed by Parliament in 1879 and draws upon three traditions: European harvest celebrations; the first North American Thanksgiving (1578) observed by Martin Frobisher in the Arctic Circle; and the Pilgrims’ 1621 first celebration in Massachusetts. In 1957, the date was set for Second Monday in October, and of course Americans know that US Thanksgiving is held the 4th Thursday in November.
Bring Wonderful Pumpkin Smells into your Kitchen
Part of the allure is the smell of pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger), so fill up your kitchen with these wonderful smells by trying a few of these delights:
Abbey Cooks Entertain
With 220 traditional Downton-era recipes with a modern twist, this is a great book to have on hand when planning a Downton cocktail party or a hearty downstairs meal with family and friends.
Book sales help offset my costs in food, equipment and time to keep bringing you new dishes each week.
While the book is available on Amazon, you can only get a signed copy here on my site. If you don’t have an eReader I would suggest the PDF version which allows you to print recipes as you go, if you wish.