|Pancakes are doable in a tiny kitchen.–by Roboppy via Flickr|
It’s almost impossible not to stumble into something pumpkin-flavored during autumn in New York City. I’m guilty of giving into Spiced Pumpkin Lattes, pumpkin beer, and
hell, even those Pillsbury slice ‘n bake jack-o’-lantern cookies, which may or may not contain any real pumpkin.
weeks leading up to Halloween, I suffered from SAP (Seasonal Affective Pinning).
I ogled for days at Instagrammed pumpkin muffins before I considered embarking on a baking
rampage of my own. Yes, I actually do cook in my little apartment kitchen, and I’d like to think the end results are pretty scrumptious actually.
recently, I made pumpkin pancakes by adding half a can of $2.00 organic pumpkin
puree to my homemade pancake mix. I drizzled those fluffy pumpkin pillows with
Deep Mountain Maple Vermont syrup from the farmer’s market in Union Square.
Just ask my roommates — I can give anything edible a ‘pumpkin’ prefix.
But by the time I flipped my calendar to November, I was all pumpkin’d out.
Hurricane Sandy washed away most of the colorful leaves and the Village Halloween Parade, it is still fall,
and I must respect that. Before I jump into making paper snowflakes and holiday cookies, I thought that I’d embrace the end of autumn by expanding my seasonal palate. My kitchen endeavors were paused though. I ventured to Connecticut for the weekend and couldn’t get back into the city.
In a New York minute, I was forced to leave my comfort zone of pumpkins and pinning. I was stranded
at my parents’ house in Connecticut without any power (and without Pinterest!) in the
aftermath of the storm. For too many nights last week I laid awake from the noise of my neighbors’ generators (#suburbanproblems). Meanwhile, my office in Lower Manhattan remained dark and unplugged until Saturday, while my Upper East Side apartment withstood the city’s power outages.
cleaned out my Algebra II binders from middle school. I tasted it for the first time and wondered where that fall soup had been my whole life. It’s funny what became possible after I stopped searching for fall. My creativity took control and I began to get new ideas for fall recipes like this soup, and others, some with and without pumpkin.
would’ve been stuck in my uptown apartment during Sandy (instead of making Goodwill piles of clothes from 2003-2007 in Connecticut), surely, I would’ve set up my tiny NYC kitchen and made something delicious — undoubtedly with pumpkin.