Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds (cleaned and raw)
seasonings (i.e. garlic, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, allspice)


1. Boil pumpkin seeds in salted water for about 20 to 30 minutes.
2. Place seeds in oiled baking sheet and season as desired.
3. Roast in a 250 degree F. oven for about one hour, stirring two or three times.

Recipe courtesy of Tony Bettencourt, 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar, 2011.
Are you the type that is afraid to decorate pumpkins because you consider it messy or even dangerous? There are still options for you to enjoy this creative activity with your kids. No-carve pumpkin decorating ideas are kid-safe, creative, and will get your kids excited about pumpkin decorating without all the mess.

What could be more fun for a kid than to decorate a pumpkin with candy? Not only will they be able to eat some of the decorations as you put the pumpkin together but there is the chance for them to learn how to transform a plain pumpkin into a character.

In this video Chef Antonio Bettencourt of 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar decided to make a “goofy little witch” with his kids - Marco and Serena. First you make the hat by cutting out a hole in the center of a round piece of paper. Next outline the facial features with a pencil. You then use a candy corn for her nose, pipe cleaners and a Dot candy for each eye and black licorice for her hair. For the mouth you use small white marshmallows for her teeth and a red pipe cleaner for the tongue.

Just remember to tell the kids not to take the candy off of the pumpkin because it will have glue on it. You can put a bowl of candy next to it to avoid the temptation.This video was filmed in the Kitchen Showroom at the Building Center in Gloucester, MA. You can obtain more information at their web site;
Candy Decorated Pumpkin
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