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pumpkin pie

Some friends and I gathered today for an afternoon of UFC with two title fights. The show was great, as was, of course, the companionship, including one college buddy whom I haven’t seen in months!

I usually make the hummus and salsa, and often a dessert, for these gatherings. However, this time, inspired by my prior hummus creations, and having tested out some variations at home, my friend Scott took the reigns and made a couple for the group. One was your standard tahini hummus and the second was an experiment with charred onions and bell peppers sans tahini. Both were quite good. Thank you!

For my part, I made one of the best salsas I’ve yet created. I throw it all together the night before to let the flavors mingle, and they are different every time. The only constant is I have taken to adding a shot or two of Captain Morgan. I also mixed up a big batch of Green Goddess Dressing from Penzey’s Spices. It’s a little loose as a dip (at least with soy yogurt), but tasty and better than the crap that comes in the center of those veggie plates.

As for dessert, a seasonal favorite… pumpkin pie!

Although I made quite a few modifications, I am still opting not to give the recipe here out of respect for the author of The Big Book Of Vegetarian, from which mine was based.

However, the replacements might still interest those seeking fat-free, low-calorie treats. First, I used whole wheat and rye flours for the crust, and the canola oil was substituted with Oatrim. In the filling, I used 2-3 tsps of glucomannan to replace the 1/4 cup of cornstarch. This recipe has a subtle spiciness and no cloves. Here it is before baking:

I’ve made it twice now. The first time I brought some to my Mom and stepdad to try and they enjoyed it. That one fared well at work too. And, for its debut with the guys this weekend, all indications were it was much appreciated.

Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from testing out a piece the night before. :)

4 Responses to “pumpkin pie”

  1. Arturo Veve says:

    Yum. I just bought ingredients to make a pumkin soup and could try doing the pie at another time. Could you share the recipe for the pie offlist?

  2. hey there I absolutely adore your blog. this pie looks tremendous. any chance I could get the recipe?

  3. Erin says:

    Thank you both so much. “Adore” is such a nice compliment! Very sweet. :)

  4. Teddy says:

    Your pie looks very good. :)
    Glad to see you’re getting into fall


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