Pumpkin at its best

9 recipes that prove that pumpkin is worthy of more than just pie.

Any pumpkin will not do when cooking or baking. Those that we carve up into jack-o-lanterns are too watery and stringy to use in edible dishes. Instead, look for pumpkins labeled as sugar pumpkins or pie pumpkins. Choose pumpkins that are four to six pounds. If only carving pumpkins are available, turn to canned pumpkin or substitute butternut squash to make the recipes below.