Pumpkins are irresistible. Their orange color complements the cascade of gold, reddish-brown, and purple hues of the changing leaves, and their roundness brings out the kid in all of us: a blank slate to carve, putting us in touch with our creativity and the thrill of everything “spooky.” But what we love most about pumpkins is eating them!

Our favorite savory and sweet pumpkin recipes run the gamut from creamy soup to crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds for salads. Have you ever added spiced pumpkin butter to coffees, smoothies, cakes, cookies, and muffins? Well, you should. Go do it now! We’ll wait. And who can forget our favorite pumpkin treat of all: the comforting goodness of a wedge of pumpkin pie, rife with the season’s warm spices, such as cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg.

We’re pump-ing our fists for these 10 pumpkin recipes, each an expression of this heartwarming and delicious fall treasure.

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Theresa Gambacorta is a food writer and 25-year veteran of New York City's restaurant industry. Her writing has appeared in such titles as La Cucina Italiana, Men's Fitness, Muscle and Fitness, and Centennial's special interest publications. She is the co-author of chef Joey Campanaro's Big Love Cooking (Chronicle) and is currently working on a cookbook about Persian cuisine to be published by Knopf.

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