Today is the first of October and it actually rained, accompanied by thunder and lightening. Who says we don't have seasons in Southern California? We may not have the changing of the leaves and the cool, brisk weather, but we certainly have pumpkins. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin cupcakes, organic pumpkins, range free pumpkins and pumpkin cookies. This year, because of Hurricane Irene, there is actually a pumpkin shortage. Luckily, it is mostly in the Northeast, but I am sure the prices will double in California out of sympathy for our fellow Easterners. Kind of like how gasoline prices go up 20 cents a gallon right before Labor Day weekend.
There are so many recipes I want to try using pumpkin, but I have officially declared October "National Diet Month." Four whole weeks before the Halloween candy starts clogging the arteries. There is no time to diet after that, as Thanksgiving is not too far behind. And I won't even get into Christmas.