Well, apparently there is a day devoted to pumpkins...at least in Canada, according to my friend Cathey...so since I love pumpkins and autumn, I'm going to recognize it too! I just posted a comment on her blog about wanting some roasted pumpkin seeds, and that prompted me to look for a recipe. My mom made these for me every Halloween when I was little. I have seen a dozen recipes, all with different ingredients, but what we had was just plain old butter-and-salt roasted seeds. I was able to find this recipe on Allrecipes.com today...
ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
1 1/2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1 pinch salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.
This sounds exactly like what we used to have! I had not planned to carve a pumpkin this year, but the more I think about the seeds, the more I think I may have to. I can't buy a pumpkin to get the seeds and then just ignore a perfectly good jack-o-lantern-to-be!