Cinderella rode to the royal ball in a transformed one. Peter the Pumpkin-Eater kept his wife in one. Thousands of others have been content to carve faces into them or prop them on front steps as fall decoration.
But if you think the extent of the humble pumpkin's versatility ends at the obligatory pie or bread loaf, think again. Pumpkins are a hearty autumn fruit whose slightly sweet flavor and rich, deep color make them the perfect main ingredient for many dishes.
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