Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Carving your pumpkin for the Fall? Don’t toss the seeds! Roast them for a delicious snack.  Here’s how.

  1. Remove the seeds from the pumpkin.
  2. They will need to be cleaned–they are pretty messy. Put them in a colander and swish while rinsing them well with cool water.  The goal is to remove the bits of pumpkin flesh.
  3. Next, put the seeds in a pot of salted water and boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove seeds, rinse in a colander and lay them on paper towels or a towel to dry. Pat them the best you can and get them as dry as you can.
  5. After dried, put them in a bowl and toss them with just a little olive oil (try 1 tablespoon) then lay them in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Generously sprinkle garlic salt on them.
  7. Place them in the oven at 350 degrees to roast.
  8. Give them a stir after 8 minutes.
  9. Keeping an eye on them, bake another 4 to 7 minutes, or until brown around the edges.
  10. Remove from oven, let cool and enjoy!  No need to shell this crunchy snack!
Pureed Pumpkin

Note: I save the scooped-out pumpkin flesh for pies, bread, and cupcakes. Blend and freeze 2-cup portions in freezer bags!

More recipes by Grace Hallenbeck can be found here.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!