The pumpkin needs to be funny.
The pumpkin needs to be imaginative.
The pumpkin needs to be scary.
The pumpkin needs to be better than your neighbor's pumpkin.
Play With Your Pumpkins seems to be the start of this whole pumpkin carving craze. It was first published in 1998 and frankly, now these pumpkins wouldn't even get you the top ten of pumpkin carving. This year's pumpkin carving judge would take a look and say, "How quaint." But there is hope. Instead of carving the pumpkins, just cook them up.
Play With Your Pumpkins offers up a few nifty pumpkin dishes that will make you forget about carving them into anything but a pie. Lousy at making crusts? Try this Middle Eastern dessert.
Bal Kabagi Tatlisi
2 lbs. pumpkin
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbs. water
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Cut the pumpkin into 1-inch cubes and place in a a shallow pan. Sprinkle with sugar, add the water and cloves, and cover. Cook over very low heat for about 30 minutes. Cool in the pan. Place in a serving dish and garnish with the walnuts.
Now that is playing with your pumpkin.