This week I feel compelled to share with you the story of how I came to participate in French Fridays with Dorie.
A couple of weeks later, I heard Dorie on All Things Considered on NPR. She was at home with Michele Norris and they made “Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good” together. They made it sound so good! How exciting would it be to cook with Dorie in your own kitchen!? You can read about it and listen to the story here.
After that I checked out the reviews on Amazon, and immediately added the book to my WishList. It would be one of the items I was most hoping to receive for Christmas.
Around this time I was gearing up to start my own blog. I thought that participating in French Fridays would be a fun way to give some structure and inspiration to my new blog, hopefully attract some readers, and also have some fun cooking and eating.
I couldn’t wait for Christmas so I could get started! I thought that “Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good” would be one of the first recipes I tried. Of course, I never did make that recipe. Until now. “Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good” is this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe!
This pumpkin really is stuffed with everything good: bread, cheese, garlic, bacon, herbs, and cream. It bakes for about 2 hours, until the pumpkin is super tender and the stuffing is hot and bubbly. I took the top of the pumpkin off for the last 20 minutes of cooking as Dorie suggested, and the stuffing got nicely browned on top.
My husband loves any kind of squash, so he really enjoyed this dish. I feel kind of “meh” about squash, so while I didn’t mind the pumpkin part I didn’t love it either. But the “everything good” stuffing makes up for it: it is divine!