Pumpkin Shortage??

Have you all heard this craziness?  If you search “pumpkin shortage” on Twitter, you will find all kinds of people freaking out about The Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2009.  I stopped by 3 stores today and sure enough, no canned pumpkin on the shelves.  I have 2 small cans that I bought earlier this year because I use them for oats as well.  What are we going to do?  What about pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, all the things I posted about on Sunday that I love??   Will I have to resort to using butternut squash?  Not a bad idea.  I know you can buy that frozen.  Wonder if you can buy it canned?  Not at the stores I shopped today, or at least I didn’t see any.  Sigh. 

Speaking of pumpkin, I not only have gotten my hands on my beloved Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses, a few Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but today I found:


There was exactly 1 of these left on the shelf.  I was prepared to buy several, especially since it may be the only pumpkin pie that I will be eating this year.  I knew that I had to have this right away for my snack this afternoon.  I emptied it into a bowl with some super-crunchy corn flakes and then mixed up.  I first took a spoonful out of the yogurt container to get a true taste.  To be honest I wasn’t “wowed” like I thought I was going to be.  There was definitely a pumpkin flavor there, but I can’t really describe what it was that was holding me back from loving this.  In theory I should love it, but I don’t.  I am actually kind of glad that there was only 1 on the shelf.  Anyone else out there try this?  What do you think?


New Product Review & Roasted Beets

Last night for dinner I wanted to finish off the artichoke burgers that I had in the freezer, so I was trying to find something to pair with it.  I was out of sweet potatoes, but I did have a beet that needed to be used, so I chose to roast it.  I peeled & chopped the beet up into chunks.  Then I sprayed with Pam and seasoned with S & P and popped into the oven for 30 – 40 min at 400.  I loved how these turned out!  Great flavor!!  I have never had cooked beets before, but now I will be making them a lot more often.


To spice up my artichoke burger, I decided to top it with a new find:


I added about a TBSP of this Tomato Chutney from Trader Joe’s and some goat cheese.  OMG….what a great combo of flavors!!  The chutney has a nice kick to it and definitely made this meal. 

If you haven’t tried this product from Trader Joe’s, grab some!  So worth it!  I have to make a quick comment about Trader Joe’s and how easy it is to shop there for gluten-free food.  Not only do they have a list you can get online for your region’s stores, but everything is labeled so clearly.  Plus, the price is usually very reasonable, unlike Whole Paycheck, which I love, but can’t always justify shopping at.