Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin SeedsOur season just passed yesterday with kids all dressed up, saying nothing, but wanting my candy. Where did these kids learn that by not saying Trick or Treat, will only get you a stare by me? Seriously kids, candy is just not given out freely at the Phillips’ house without saying “Trick or Treat!”. This time of year brings about the pumpkins that we go and pick from the apple orchard (The Elegant Farmer). Mom typically spends a quarter of her afternoon, so patiently drawing designs, and assisting the kids in carving their pumpkins, however before one can carve the pumpkins, the seeds and other mushy stuff needs to be removed. This freaks the kids out, for whatever reason, I have no idea, as they typically love to play with slime products!


  • 5 pumpkins, seeds cleaned from pulp, dried
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Pumpkin SeedsOnce the kids put the masses of slime and seeds into large bowls, it is my job to get the seeds removed from the inside of the pumpkin. This is no easy task, however I do find that after an initial removal of the flesh, that it is best to add water to the bowl, swish it around, and remove the pulp from the bowl. Once you have the pulp removed, strain the water, and let the seeds dry, overnight, on a large baking sheet.

The next day, melt the butter, add in the seasoning and worcestershire sauce, and mix thoroughly with the seeds and place back onto the baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees and cook for roughly two hours. Let cool, and enjoy. Trust me, these are a must make during the Trick or Treat season!

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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