Food bloggers have destroyed my love of pumpkin and pumpkin season itself.
See, I want to be a food blogger. This means while creating my own blog, I’m following at least eight dozen cooking blogs for inspiration and education and to help me figure out where my niche lies. I’ll tell you this right now. My niche is not in a pumpkin patch.
I have been subjected to no less than 9,539,848 recipes containing pumpkin since Aug. 15. That’s right. The pumpkin insanity began in August.
The sun was high in the sky. It was a balmy 80 degrees here on the Maine coast. I was clad in tank tops and shorts and cooling off every evening with icy, minty, citrusy mojitos. And yet I was awash in recipes for pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice white hot chocolate, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones, pumpkin cheesecake balls, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin blondies, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin ice cream pie, pumpkin spice loaf, pumpkin brittle, pumpkin soup, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin molasses syrup, pumpkin barbecue, pumpkin fettucini and pumpkin pork chops.
Oh and let’s not forget all the recipes for mock versions of Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes or as the coffee chain has dubbed them: PSL’s. I didn’t know what the hell was going on when Labor Day weekend I spied ‘PSL’ written on my Starbuck’s chalkboard. What is PSL? I wondered. Was it Prostrate Support Live? Or Paranormal Sound Love?
But I just can’t take it anymore. All the pumpkin recipes and references are making me, to quote 90’s hip hop group Cypress Hill, “Insane in the Brain.”
Who’s with me? Tell me in the comments what you think about the pumpkin craze taking over the U.S.