In the grand tradition of nursery rhymes that actually depict situations where people are subject to disease and torture at the hand of others, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater is a lovely tale about pathetic husband Peter and the wife that he locked up inside a pumpkin shell because he couldn’t keep her. Maybe in Victorian times that would have flown, but nowadays we call Peter a co-dependent control freak who needs the cops called on him. However, you can still get a bite out of that pumpkin Peter guarded so well. The easiest and most accessible autumn inspired beverage has to be the Pumpkin Spice Latte at a little-known coffee chain Starbucks. However if you’re looking for something a little stronger, head to Avila for the pumpkin pie martini, a terrifyingly delicious concoction of Ketel One vodka, butterscotch schnapps, and pumpkin liqueur.
Cross the bridge and head to Cambridge for pumpkin soup at Sandrine’s Bistro, where it’s made with maple syrup and hazelnut oil. There’s nothing like a warm cup of soup in the cold weather, and it sure as hell beats a can of Campbell’s. For an Italian spin on Halloween’s token gourd-like vegetable, stop by the North or South End’s Giacomo’s Ristorante for pumpkin tortellini. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with this delicious dish, no matter what restaurant attempts to give a little autumnal swirl on their menu. However, nobody can deny the necessity for a little dessert in the fall lineup. We’ve heard lots of positive takes about Grill 23’s pumpkin cheesecake, made with spiced cider reduction and cashew brittle. Maybe if Peter was able to indulge in one of these delicious fall delights, he wouldn’t have been such a tool as a husband.
[Photo: Collecting Tokens]