Socially Awkward Cooking with Shannon: Pumpkin Butter

Words by Shannon Minor

The autumn winds blow in crisp air and changing leaves, but also scents of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. This Pumpkin Butter recipe is inexpensive and simple to make. Spread this pumpkin-deliciousness on toast or simply indulge with a spoon. This also makes for a great homemade gift as the holiday season begins to drift in.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, or 1 (29 ounce) can (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)

Directions:
Combine pureed pumpkin, vanilla, apple juice, spices, cinnamon sticks and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to your taste. Makes 3 3/4 cups

Preview
Preview

PANDA EXPRESS: Expect Satisfaction, Not Surprises Michael PascoEditor-in-ChiefBy now, every VCU student knows what to expect at Panda Express. The service is friendly. They cashier says “Welcome to Panda!” and the rest of the staff echoes with a “Welcome!” It masks the inevitably long wait you will have to patiently abide by ...

Preview

Inside Red Eye Cookie Co. with Brayden Pleasants; New Delivery App Developed Words by Amelia HeymannRed Eye Cookie Co. is the back ally cookie delivery service that has been booming since its doors opened in late March, 2014.Shafer Bird staff writer Amelia Heymann had the pleasure of interviewing the President of Red Eye Cookie Co., Brayden Pleasant...

Preview

The Cultured Swine Fails to Impress by Rebecca FrankelWhen I stepped into The Cultured Swine on 317 N. 2nd St., I was greeted with vibrant red walls and an even more vibrant “Hello! How are you?” from the owner. There were cute little pig knick-knacks on the shelf that held the different sauces, hog art hung on the crimson walls, and the...

Chef MaMusu’s Africanne : Some Southern Comfort in Western Africa

Chef MaMusu’s Africanne : Some Southern Comfort in Western Africa Words and Photos by Azam MalikChef Mamusu's is only an 11-minute walk from campus.I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that Chef MaMusu’s Africanne on Main never actually opened. Like a few of Richmond’s small and hidden away eateries, the doors always seem closed...