By Jann Wiswall
Great Valley’s favorite fall destination, Pumpkinville, may only be open in September and October, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the flavors of autumn year round.
Diane Pawlowski, who with husband Dan organizes the annual pumpkin festival on their farm just a few miles from Ellicottville, has just released her latest edition of the “Pumpkinville Cookbook,” a compendium of some 200 recipes for sumptuous appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts all made with her favorite fall crops of pumpkins, apples and a variety of squashes.
Pawlowski, whose pies, cookies and other baked treats attract long lines of customers when Pumpkinville is open, has been publishing cookbooks for 18 years. This newest edition is the first that includes non-pumpkin squash recipes.
“People often buy those beautiful squashes and then don’t have any idea what to do with them,” she said. “The cookbook explains the basics of how to peel, seed and prepare acorn, butternut, pumpkin and other squashes and serve them in unexpected ways.”
She also describes the steps involved in making pumpkin pie filling from fresh pumpkins, including how to estimate how many cooking pumpkins you’ll need, which is always a challenge, she said.
Pawlowski, who is a master baker and also runs the Little Red Shop next door to her home, has included some of her favorite old-fashioned recipes that have been handed down in her family for generations — including her famous apple crisp recipe. She also included some unique recipes that she’s pretty proud of, including a pumpkin soup that she suggests you serve in hollowed out pumpkin shells for an extra special presentation.
The cookbook, which makes a terrific year-round gift, is available for purchase for $13.95 at the Little Red Shop, as well as online at www.pumpkinville.com. The Little Red Shop, which sells a wide variety of local maple syrup, jams, jellies, honeys and Pumpkinville’s own brown eggs every day, also sells Pawlowski’s freshly baked pies, cinnamon rolls, cookies, sweet breads and more every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year.