2009 Jack-o-Lanterns. It is adapted from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything (original edition/1998). I have only made it once and it turned out to be pretty much of a disaster because although the tops looked wonderful the bottom of each slice was badly charred. The unburned part was very tasty and I am going to try again* having learned the lesson: Turn Often!
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Cut (do not peel) into 1-1 1/2 thick slices [I now peel*]
1 (2-3 pound) pumpkin (preferably Sugar Pumpkin)
Unless this is the remains of a Jack-o-Lantern, remove seeds and strings, reserve seeds for Firey Pumpkin Seeds and spread slices on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
1 T canola or other neutral oil [I used olive oil]
2 T lemon juice
1 T soy sauce
1 T brown sugar
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground ginger
[or use a simpler sauce of 2 T olive oil and 2 T maple syrup*]
Brush a bit of this mixture onto the pumpkin. Bake for about 25 minutes, then brush again. Turn slices and brush tops. Bake until done, an additional 20-30 minutes. Turn and check every 10 minutes to be sure bottom surface is not charring; when checking and turning brush with any remaining mixture.
Broil slices very briefly to brown before serving (optional).
Carnival Squash Stuffed with Black Quinoa Pilaf (photo at top). OK at best. I did not like the soy sauce overtones. Took the last quarter of a pumpkin I had left, peeled it, cut it in chunks, tossed it with
Some raw Brussels sprouts** left from Thanksgiving
1 T olive oil
1 T maple syrup
Baked on a lightly oiled cookie sheet at 450 degrees F, about 20 minutes until the pumpkin was soft. Although the outer leaves of the Brussels sprouts charred slightly they were very tasty and the pumpkin with this simpler sauce much better to my taste than the "Baked Pumpkin Slices". Photo above shows this mix served with Mushroom Risotto (version with sage).
** January 2015: We are having a brussels sprouts revival. I never much liked brussels sprouts, perhaps because I usually steamed and overcooked the veggie. This past holiday season I made Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad many times and Alex and Dan roasted brussel sprouts a few times. In all cases the sprouts were still a little crunchy. Based on Alex and Dan's cook time I would now add the brussels sprouts about 10 minutes after the pumpkin.