I don't know whether pumpkin is a fruit or vegetable. I looked it up online and I still don't know. My favorite definition, FOUND HERE, reads, "Botanically, pumpkins are classified as a fruit. Culinary, they are used mostly as a savory vegetable and sometimes as a fruit."
Right, then. That clarifies it.
At dictionary.com, it's a fruit. At gardening sites, it's a vegetable because it has seeds. Frankly, I don't care whether it is a fruit or vegetable. I just like recipes that include pumpkin - it seems to be a hallmark of the end-of-year holiday season.
As I contemplated pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread - yummy sweets that are great with warm drinks in cooling weather - I pondered other recipes with this big orange ... frugetable. What would it be good in that's savory? What options were out there?
I went hunting for answers to these questions and came across a couple of winners. The Pumpkin Turkey Chili was hearty and pretty tasty, but the spices definitely need to be bumped up a bit. It came out a tad on the bland side, unfortunately. But it definitely has promise. Increasing the amount of chili powder to at least a couple of tablespoons, and maybe adding a dash or two of cayenne, will improve it.