Pepitas sound a little foreign.
Like maybe they don’t belong in this all-English speaking house.
But like so many other foods with Hispanic names, (i.e. taquitos, nachos, tacos, empanadas, chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos, pastilitos, picadillo, lechon, carnitas. . . and so on. . . ) there’s pretty much no resisting them.
If you’re carving one of these this Halloween:
do yourself a favor and save those little seeds so you can bake up some salty savory pepitas.
Not all treats must be sweet.
Did I really just say that??!
Who am I, and where did you put Real Me?
Contemplate this while you dig through the slime and wash the seeds.
If you find me in there, let me know.
You know – for the friend that doesn’t eat sweets.
Do those people really exist? C’mon now. Be serious.
If you had to pick, would you be camp Chipotle, or camp Chocolate?
Hmm. I’m pretty sure we could combine them. . . .
But for now, let’s keep it simple -
seeds fresh from the pumpkin, olive oil, spices, and a quick little stint in the oven.
Salty, savory, slightly spicy satisfaction.