October 2014 Pumpkin Epidemic
When fall comes around, pumpkin dishes become popular, at least in the U.S. Until just a few years ago it was mainly pies, but this year there is suddenly a huge plethora of pumpkin foods that stagger the imagination! There are candies, desserts, vegetable dishes, hot and cold drinks, donuts and pastries, ice creams, chips and snacks, seasonings, meat tenderizers, and practically anything you can think of. And it doesn’t matter if you go to a gas station, unrelated specialty store, mall kiosks, or restaurant, there’s a good chance that some type of pumpkin flavored concoction will be offered. I’m not complaining. I like pumpkin just as much as anyone else but this is carrying it a bit far. And, if they can offer these things for two months, why can’t they sell them the rest of the year? Perhaps Linus was right about the greatness of pumpkins.