Did you know that pumpkins are berries? They're part of the family Cucurbitaceae and are cousins to cukes, melons, squash, and gourds. But it's that berry classification that may best explain why these thick-rind fruits bring such delicious sweetness and complexity to both baked goods and savory dishes.
Most of us have a pumpkin or two around the house this time of year for decoration, and this collection of instructables includes instructions on how to process one to get the pulp you need for these recipes. But I wouldn't sweat it if you decide to skip that step and get right down to business with canned pumpkin. Your finished dish, whether it's pumpkin soup, fries, waffles, or a classic pie, will still still taste like Fall itself . . . and I won't give away your secret.