Pumpkin is one of those ingredients that remind us of fall, whether it’s baked into a classic Thanksgiving pie or transformed into an inspired seasonal latte. But pumpkins are for more than making Jack-O-Lanterns—this hearty, lightly sweet squash is delicious any time of year and any time of day, though its peak season is (appropriately) in October. Sweet or savory, dinner or dessert—pumpkin will be your new go-to ingredient. Whether you’re looking for a new take on pumpkin pie or a hearty dinner recipe, check out F&W’s guide and get inspired. And don't forget to roast the seeds!

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Whole Roasted Pumpkin with Green Beans and Red Curry Rice

Long Island cheese pumpkins have deep, vibrant orange flesh and a sweet, nutty flavor. They roast smooth and creamy, making them the ideal squash for pies, purees, or serving as edible vessels for soups and curries. Here, rice is cooked to a risotto-like texture inside the pumpkin with red curry paste and coconut milk. Serve it as a hearty and warming main course or as a side dish for roast fish or pork. Bring the whole pumpkin to the table on a rimmed baking sheet or platter, and spoon the saucy rice, studded with spoonfuls of tender pumpkin, into shallow bowls. Be sure to line the baking sheet well, as the pumpkin may release juices during baking.

7 Best Pumpkin Brunch Recipes

Now is the time to infuse your fall breakfasts with pumpkin. From fluffy pancakes to sweet-savory frittata, here are five amazing pumpkin recipes to make for brunch.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you are a pumpkin spice latte lover, you can have it without leaving your home. Slideshow: More Pumpkin Recipes

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6 Creamy, Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Years from now, pumpkin spice lattes may be passé, but creamy pumpkin cheesecake will never go out of style.

10 Best Pumpkin Soups

Nothing says #thisisfall like creamy, velvety pumpkin soup. Here, F&W’s top ten best pumpkin soups to make during the crisp, cool autumn months: 

Pumpkin-Gingerbread with Lemony Cashew Cream

This mildly sweet gingerbread cake is dark, dense, and layered with old-fashioned flavors of fresh ginger and molasses. A lemony cashew cream topping makes this holiday cake dairy free. Slideshow: More Pumpkin Dessert Recipes