The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is only the beginning of the onslaught of pumpkin products that fall brings. And yes, we get it: you want to be festive. You want to wash your hair with pumpkin pie shampoo and then frolic in a pumpkin patch while eating pumpkin pie.
There are rules for using pumpkins. Rules that ensure you don't get tossed into a vat of white chocolate pumpkin latte mix (by us). Here are the pumpkin products we endorse and despise, as well as a few cooking (and carving) tips that will get you through Pumpkin Season 2K13.
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1. While I support the use of pumpkin and its accompanying spices in recipes, I am very firmly against it in things other than baked goods. Like Pringles (seriously, why?). And, yes, pumpkin spice lattes. -Joanna Sciarrino, assistant editor.
2. Canned pumpkin is 10000% acceptable. The texture of pumpkin purée can't be beat. Let go of your epicurean pride and embrace Libby's. Libby'sRead More »from 10 Rules for Cooking with Pumpkin This Fall