Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

Image of peter with pumpkin Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he keep her very well.

The orginal dates back to Mother Goose's Quarto c1825.

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had another, and didn't love her;
Peter learned to read and spell,
And then he loved her very well.

Mother Goose's Quarto, c 1825

Peter's Delicious Pumpkin

When most people think of pumpkin as food (rather than as a jack-o-lantern), they think of pumpkin pie. The pumpkin is a fruit, a member of the melon family. Here's a delicious way to serve it with dinner, and easy, too, because it uses canned pumpkin.

of Miss Muffet on tuffet with spider nearby. Equipment: saucepan or mircowaveable bowl, wooden spoon, measuring spoons

1 #2 can of cooked pumpkin
2 Tablespoons margarine or butter
1 Tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice

or instead of pumpkin spice add

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 or 2 teaspoons brown sugar (or brown sugar substitute depending on how sweet you want it)

Top of stove: use saucepan. Microwave: use microwavable bowl. Add all ingredients, stir, and heat until warm.

— from Mother Goose Cookbook, work-in-progress, c 1998, Gloria T. Delamar

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