Halloween Blogfest: Melissa Lynne Blue

Welcome to the old-fashioned kitchen… Traditional baking without a can!
Fall is hands down my favorite time of year. I love everything about it from the falling leaves… to the cooler weather… to the autumn harvest… The minute that first cool breeze whisks across my skin I am in the mood to bake! I have always loved history and throwbacks to the past and that fascination has come through in my love of baking…

The other day at the grocery store my four year old immediately spotted a huge bin filled with pie pumpkins, and got very excited.

“Mommy!” she yelled, drawing more than a few glances from other shoppers. “Can we get pumpkins? I want to make pumpkin soup.”

While I’m not convinced she’d particularly enjoy eating pumpkin soup, I couldn’t resist the lure of pumpkin bread baked with fresh pumpkin. I am certain that many readers just cringed at what sounds like a daunting task. Make pumpkin bread from scratch with a fresh pumpkin. AND with a four year old? But believe it or not, cooking with a fresh pumpkin is not nearly as crazy as it sounds! If you’d like to impress a few friends or family members this fall and upcoming holiday season, here is how to bake with a fresh pumpkin:

• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
• Cut the pie pumpkin in two halves (look for a smaller pumpkin with dark orange coloring for the best flavor)
• Remove the seeds and strings from the center of each pumpkin half.
• Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay the pumpkin halves (sliced side down) on top of the foil covered baking sheet. Then cover the pumpkin halves with foil.
• Place in the oven and bake for approximately 1 ½ hours or until the pumpkin is tender.
• Scoop the pumpkin meat out of the skin and hand mash or puree the pumpkin. Typically this yields about 1 ½ to 2 cups of pumpkin puree (just like what you’d see come out of the can), and you have exactly what you need to make pumpkin pie… pumpkin bread… pumpkin cookies… whatever your heart desires!

Thanks so much for stopping by LASR today! Leave a comment about your favorite fall, Halloween tradition, or baked good for the chance to win an ebook copy of EDGE OF TIME, a Civil War time travel romance in which my heroine from the future—a woman used to canned goods and microwaves—must adjust to life in the 1860’s American south, and learn to do things like bake with a pumpkin from scratch!

10_31 lasr 12 edge of timeJilted by her fiancé, Marissa is done with men until fate steps in and she finds that Craig Langston may be more man than she can resist.

Marissa is a high energy independent career woman of the 21st century who finds herself on a collision course with destiny when she is thrown 150 years into the past. Confederate Officer Dr. Craig Langston is an enticing man that any woman would long to fall in love with, and now Marissa is torn between rampant desire, for the man ignites her very soul, and a longing to return home.

Can she find it within herself to embrace a new life in the arms of her Confederate officer or will more sinister forces intervene before she can discover what may be the greatest love of all time?

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About the Author:A Registered Nurse by night, Melissa battles the stresses of life and illness by enjoying uplifting tales of love and romance. A firm believer in true love united with an enduring fascination with history has prompted her pursuit of romance writing. She lives in beautiful Big Sky Country Montana with her husband and children.
Twitter: @MelissaBlue26

Happy Halloween!


  1. I’m not too sure about pumpkin soup but I do love a good acorn squash soup so it might work.

    Lovely cover.

  2. Lori Blue says:

    I love your creativity

  3. drinking hot chocolate

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  4. Halloween begins the holiday season for us, so we go all out and decorate the house. It’s so fun to open that first box of decs and look at all of the cozy pumpkins and ghosts.


  5. I love that you’re teaching your daughter to cook without cans and boxes. My “go to” cookbook is the Betty Crocker cookbook my mom got when she was married … in 1952. Bisquick was a new invention and gets a brief mention at the back of the book, but otherwise everything is from scratch and they tell you all you need to know about cooking. I love that poor, beat up book!

    mnark111 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Congratulations to Debra St. John! You won the drawing!

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