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Pumpkin Recipes!

Pumpkin is a gourd-like squash of the genus Cucurbita and the family Cucurbitaceae (which also includes gourds). It is a common name of or can refer to cultivars of any one of the following species: Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita mixta, Cucurbita maxima, and Cucurbita moschata.

Pumpkins are very versatile in their uses for cooking, from the fleshy shell, to the seeds, to even the flowers; most parts of the pumpkin are edible. Traditionally, pumpkin is a very popular Halloween and Thanksgiving staple. Although most people use store-bought canned pumpkin, homemade pumpkin purée can serve the same purpose.
When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted. Often, it is made into pie, various kinds of which are a traditional staple of the Canadian and American Thanksgiving holiday. Pumpkins that are still small and green may be eaten in the same way as the vegetable marrow/zucchini. Pumpkins can also be eaten mashed or incorporated into soup. In the Middle East, pumpkin is used for sweet dishes; a well-known sweet delicacy is called halawa yaqtin. In South Asian countries such as India, pumpkin is cooked with butter, sugar, and spices in a dish called kadu ka halwa. In Guangxi province, China, the leaves of the pumpkin plant are consumed as a cooked vegetable or in soups. In Australia, pumpkin is often roasted in conjunction with other vegetables. In Japan, small pumpkins are served in savory dishes, including tempura. In Thailand, small pumpkins are steamed with custard inside and served as a dessert. In Italy it can be used with cheeses as a savory stuffing for ravioli. Also, pumpkin can be used to flavor both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage.
More info on Wikipedia

Pumpkin recipes due Monday October 27th at 24:00 PST (midnight).

300 Mile Diet Challenge

Greetings vegan_cookoffers!
This week's challenge is the 300 Mile Diet! Based on Sustainable Ballard's 100 Mile Diet seen here,

Just in time for fall harvest! This week's challenge asks for at least 90% of your ingredients to have traveled no more than 300 miles. This may be harder for some than others, which is why I added 200 miles from the standard 100 miles.

So get on out to your local farmer's market!

Entries due by midnight PST Monday, October 6th!

Hey Vegan Cookoffers!

I didn't realize this, but I made an error. I originally said the entries were due Monday night and then I kept posting them as due on Sunday. This is wrong. Entries will be due on Monday nights but you can always post early.
Now given that there is only one entry, you all have until tonight at midnight PST to post your slow cooker recipes. Hurry up! Throw down some competition!

New Logo for Vegan Cookoff?

Hi Again!

I made a logo for vegan cookoff. I'm not sure what to use it for, probably just here on the profile. I was tooling around making the awards and decided to do this.

Anyway, let me know if you hate it or love it or don't care. I designed it kind of reminiscent of a late 70's kitchen.

From Portfoliosis

Alright folks! Let's start cooking!

Hey everyone! It's been a long time.
I've decided to really give a go at this community again. I need your help though. Let's post some recipes!

This week's challenge is vegan slow cooker meals!

If you don't have a slow cooker, that's cool too. Just fake it!

from wikipedia
"A slow cooker or Crock-Pot (a trademark often used generically) is a countertop electrical cooking appliance that maintains a relatively low temperature for many hours, allowing unattended cooking of pot roast, stew, and other long-cooking dishes."

Make sure you read the disadvantages section, apparently kidney beans can be toxic if not cooked properly.

So let's see here. Entries are due by Monday September 22nd at 12 am (24:00, midnight) Pacific Standard Time (so folks on the east coast, this gives you a little extra time). And remember, in order for your entry to be considered, you gotta post a photo. There are many great image hosting sites such as,,, etc.

Also, feel free to comment and give me encouragement that this community is still alive and well. How are you folks? It's been a while.