Pumpkin Baked Penne

 

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I have six cans of pumpkin puree sitting in my kitchen cabinet. And I must admit that seeing them lined up there gives me piece of mind, relieving the paranoia that sets in every fall. That’s when the store shelves are filled with pureed pumpkin for a brief period and everybody who loves pumpkin comes out in droves, clearing every last can till they’re impossible to find afterward. Bloggers hit the net, talk show hosts fill the air waves and twitter goes nuts with everyone trying to find out where to get their hands on a can of pumpkin puree.

So I confess to having an obsession. I nearly buy out the entire store when pumpkin is plentiful on the shelf, as though preparing for some dire emergency. I mean, what if the world comes to an end, and I’m stuck with no pumpkin puree in my kitchen? How will we survive?

Hubby and I try to be gracious and not buy out the entire store (of anything); we leave at least one on the shelf should another desperate person follow us. I’m not saying you should stock up on pureed pumpkin as we do, but I do suggest that you make sure to keep a few cans handy. That way, you can create this absolutely indulgent baked pumpkin penne whenever the mood strikes you. This is one of those “reward yourself” recipes with heavy cream, cheese, penne and pumpkin. The perfect indulgent dairy dish to adorn your Chanukah table. Hey, you can always use whole wheat pasta to offset the cream. That’s what I do, and I feel better, really, much better.

What’s your dairy dish of choice this Chanukah?

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Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."