The Firelands Kitchen

The Firelands Kitchen by Erin Howarth

Like A Lead Balloon...



That’s how the Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese recipe went over with my family. LIKE A LEAD BALLOON!

Dinnertime was a bit rushed that night as we had to get to Savannah for a softball game. Hurriedly we sat down at the table. Courtney took the first bite. “This tastes like pumpkin.” She said it like a statement but with a rise in her voice at the end, questioning yet feeling like it couldn’t be true.

Eric took the next bite. “Oh no. You didn’t.” Sadie followed. “Mom. You did!” Everyone sat staring in disbelief. At me. Suffice it to say, no one liked the pumpkin mac ‘n cheese.

Well, except our dog Bandit. He ate it up, which bolstered my defense for a wee bit until Eric quickly pointed out that Bandit eats and licks a lot of things. Ahem. Well then.

I guess I didn’t like it either. I tried to like it more than the others but I had to agree that I’d never make it again. And so I thought my sneakiness was forgiven. That was, until the Firelands Farmer came in the mail a few days later.


After reading the column, Eric called to the girls to join him in the living room. “Your mom set us up! We were a test!” Everyone stood there smiling and glaring. I didn’t know it was possible to make that expression simultaneously.

Luckily, I have a forgiving family. Unluckily for me, they don’t forget. I have a feeling they are going to tease me for a long while about this covert pumpkin pasta operation.

Courtney called for truth in reporting so here it is: I am sorry, dear family. The pumpkin macaroni and cheese recipe was yucky.

But hey folks, I called for your good pumpkin recipes and you answered! Here are some that don’t involve pasta and a few riddles and poems to boot. I loved reading them all and hope you do also.

Keep the pumpkin recipes a comin’ and have a great week!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

2 cups flour

2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. salt

1 can evaporated milk

1/2 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup water

1 large egg

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large bowl. Combine milk, pumpkin, water, egg and oil in a small bowl. Mix well. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat and brush lightly with oil. Pour 1/4 cup batter into hot griddle. Cook until bubbles begin to burst. Turn and continue cooking for 1- 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

Apple Pie

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

Unbaked pie shell


12 cups grated apples

5 cups white sugar

3 cups water

6 Tbsp. minute tapioca

Cook all together until tapioca is clean. Sprinkle cinnamon in bottom of unbaked pie shell then pour pie filling in. Top with crumbs. Bake at 325 degrees- 350 degrees.


2 cups flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1/2 cup butter

Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Enough for 2 or 3 pies.

Sunshine Pie

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

A pound of patience you must find

Mixed well with loving words so kind

Drop in 3 pounds of helping deeds

And thoughts of other people’s needs.

A pack of smiles to make the crust,

Then stir and bake it well you must,

And now I ask that you may try

The recipe of this Sunshine Pie.

Crumbs for Apple Pie

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 cup butter

Mix all together and cut in butter to make crumbs.

Easy Creamy Pumpkin Pie

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

1/2 cup cold milk

2/3 cup instant vanilla pudding

3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 cup canned pumpkin

3 1/2 cups whipped topping

2 pie crusts

Beat together the first four ingredients. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into pie crusts and chill. Top with dollops of whipped topping.

Recipe for a Happy Family

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

4 cups love

2 cups loyalty

3 cups forgiveness

1 cup friendship

5 tsp. hope

4 Tbsp. tenderness

4 qt. faith

1 barrel laughs

Take loyalty and love; mix thoroughly with faith. Blend with tenderness, kindness, hope and understanding. Add friendship and forgiveness. Sprinkle abundantly with laughter. Serve daily with generous helpings.

Ike’s Special Tortillas

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

3 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco

Lukewarm water

Roll out dough into small circles. Fry on a hot skillet that has been lightly oiled using a paper towel. Wrap around your favorite mixture of meat, eggs, etc.

Vegetable Talk

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

The tomato said with a rosy red,

“I’m the queen of the whole garden bed

So tart and delicious, most everyone wishes

On my juicy fed.”

Said the onion, so strong, “You can’t go wrong

To partakers of my elements rare.

With such a good savor, I give you a flavor

That all who might wish me my share.”

Said the carrot of yellow, “I’m a popular fellow,

At present I’m having my day.

My element’s milk, so good for a child,

They make him grow rosy and gay.”

The cabbage head from the garden bed said,

“I’m bursting to having my say.

So crisp and white, with flavor just right

I’m fit for a king any day.”

The corn pricked his ears, saying, “Listen my dears,

I have heard every word that was sadi

For I am so tall, I look down on you all.

I am the king of the whole garden bed.”

The celery said, “Look here comes the cook.

We’ll let her wise judgement decide

Which one she may choose, the rest of us lose.”

“Fair enough. We agree,” they all cried.

The cook came along, with a smile and a song,

The vegetables she viewed as a group,

She cut and she sliced with her sharp paring knife

And they all went into the soup.

Cats have kittens

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

Cats have kittens

Fish have little fishes

So why can’t sinks have little sinks

Instead of dirty dishes?

Food for thought

Submitted by Miss Me, Ashland, Ohio

Little boy helping his

grandfather dig potatoes:

“Whatever made you bury these in the first place?”

Pumpkin Custard Pie

Submitted by Rachel Miller, Ashland, Ohio

2 cups pumpkin

6 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

Mix and add:

1 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Heat 5 cups milk and 1 cup heavy whipping cream to boiling. Add to first mixture. Pour filling into 3 unbaked pie crusts. Bake at 350 degrees till done.

Pumpkin Bread

Submitted by Rachel Miller, Ashland, Ohio

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 2/3 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/3 cup water

1 cup pumpkin

Mix all together and place in a bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Pumpkin Roll

Submitted by Rachel Miller, Ashland, Ohio

4 eggs (separate)

1 cup pumpkin

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cup flour

Mix all together, add beaten egg whites last. Line cookie sheet with wax paper and bake at 375 degrees. Roll up like jelly roll fashion when done. Cool then unroll and put filling in then roll up again. Slice and enjoy.


1 8 oz. package cream cheese

1 tsp. vanilla

5 Tbsp. soft butter

1 cup powdered sugar

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