Pumpkin Orange

On the day after Thanksgiving, my clever friend is giving a shower for the sweet bride. She’s asked guests to bring a little gift, a “favorite thing that makes regular life happier when you are seriously cooking, puttering in the kitchen or setting the table,” a picture of you on your wedding day (if appropriate), and a favorite recipe.

It sounds like fun for sure – a treat to honor the bride with this American tradition, a gathering of women who care about her. It will also be a chance to see a variety of wedding dresses – all very different from her pale-pink silk dress for next January’s wedding in Thailand!

I wrote out a version of Molly Bartlett’s “Cranberry Pumpkin Squash” for my recipe. We’ve had it once made with tiny pumpkins and once with acorn squash. It’s cheerful, seasonal, and tasty – and the sweet bride loves squash.

The recipe calls for two small pumpkins or acorn squash, cut in half lengthwise, with seeds removed. Place the halves in an ovenproof dish with a lid.

In a saucepan, combine one-half cup of fresh cranberries, one small flavorful apple (cored and chopped into pieces), a quarter cup of currants, one-half cup orange juice, a tablespoon and half of honey or maple syrup, a tablespoon of melted butter, and a pinch of salt. Heat until the berries and apple are just tender.

Fill the squashes with the berry and apple mixture, (I added chopped pecans), cover the dish, and bake till the squash is tender, about 35-40 minutes. Pumpkin orange and cranberry red – festive and delicious.

And the wedding dress picture: our wedding was late September 1969, and a judge flew his small plane to a lake cabin in Alaska to marry us. Those facts surely explain my homemade, pumpkin-orange wool dress!

6 thoughts on “Pumpkin Orange

  1. Lovely story and wonderful recipe. I will try it with a piece of winter squash that I grew this summer and is waiting in the garage to be cut into pieces, prepared and shared with the neighbors. I’ll bet you were a beautiful bride in your pumpkin orange wool dress.

  2. Yummy! I too love squash and pumpkin – and the bonus of apples and cranberries. Certainly looking forward to wedding pictures of glowing brides and recipes to sustain our marriages.

  3. That dress is such a sigh of the times – those times – late 60’s. But I think it’s a very “in” look for these times also. What goes around comes around, and I love it that you had such an unusual wedding.

  4. What a nice idea for a shower — and a delicious recipe (I’ll try it with some of the smaller potimarron squash we grew) — and what a wonderful picture of you in your wedding dress!

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