This Is No Trick: a Halloween Treat

pumpkin muffins and puree!

When MSNBC news correspondent Norah O’Donnell and her husband, chef Geoff Tracy, published Baby Love, we felt a moment of guilt (and jealousy). How could they — with their demanding jobs and three kids under 4 — have time to make their own healthy baby food and write a book about it?

Two weeks worth of fresh baby food in less than one hour is how. So we asked them to whip up a Halloween recipe for us — in their spare time.

Jack-o’-Lantern Muffins
Makes around two dozen

1 stick butter, room temperature
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1½ c. pumpkin puree (recipe below)
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. allspice
½ tsp. ground ginger

1. Preheat oven to 350º.

2. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs.

3. Mix together all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and ground ginger. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

4. Mix in pumpkin puree.

5. Spoon the mixture into a small or large muffin tin. Bake small muffins for 20 minutes. Bake large muffins 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready to remove and cool on a rack.

Pumpkin Puree

3-5 pound pumpkin

1. Remove top and spoon out seeds and stringy insides.

2. Slice pumpkin in half and put in baking dish with 1-2 cups water.

3. Bake for 90 minutes at 350º. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

4. Spoon out flesh of pumpkin and puree until smooth.

For more delicious recipes, check out Baby Love, by Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy, available online at amazon.com.

this week in boston!

CitiStroller App

What: Download the new app that’ll keep you posted on diaper-changing stations, stroller repair shops, and other mom-friendly spots around the city.
Why: It’s like the patron saint of pee stops.
When: You want the wheel deal.
Where: Online at itunes.apple.com. Cost is $3.

A Fall Getaway
What: Spend a weekend at the picturesque resort making s’mores, singing around the campfire, and marveling at the changing leaves.
Why: Plenty of kids’ activities like pumpkin bingo.
When: Thru Oct. 31.
Where: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, 101 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield, N.H. To book, call 800-438-3017. Cost is $219-$259.

Photo: elena’s pantry / Flickr

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Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
101 Mountain View Rd
Franconia, NH 03580