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Delicious Dinner on a Cold Night

Since it is fall we have been cooking a ton of different foods with pumpkin! I absolutely love it and since it is only in season for a couple months we have been having it often. We've tried things such as pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies... 

I found a new recipe which I just HAD to try I was a bit skeptical of it a first and I wasn't sure I would like it. I was amazed to find that it was AWESOME! You have to try this one, it's super easy and absolutely delicious. Especially topped with the cheddar cheese, sour cream, and crumbles of corn bread. MMMM!

Pumpkin & Turkey Chili


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion, green bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and garlic until tender. Stir in the turkey, and cook until evenly brown. Drain, and mix in tomatoes and pumpkin. Season with chili powder, pepper, and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Serve topped with Cheddar cheese and sour cream. 


 Buttery Corn Bread


  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups milk
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Combine the eggs and milk. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with egg mixture.
Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for 22-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cut into squares; serve warm.