While tricksters are carving pumpkins into scary faces for Halloween, chefs are busy chopping, cooking, pureeing and baking them for seasonal treats. Their orange flesh is flavoring both sweet and savory dishes, with a host of different ethnic influences.

Café Orlin
New York City
Homemade pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon yogurt; $8.50

Koh Samui and The Monkey
San Francisco, CA
Thai Aromatic Pumpkin Curry, chicken, bell peppers and red curry served in a pumpkin; $16

Tutto Pasta
Miami, Florida
Ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and ricotta cheese, served in a pink cream sauce; $14.95

Planet Raw Vegan Restaurant
Santa Monica, CA
Salmon Salad: Pumpkin walnut salmon pate on a bed of mixed greens and veggies with a light lemon oil dressing; $10.95

Helmand Restaurant
Cambridge, MA
Kaddo and Banjan Challow: Pan fried and then baked pumpkin served with fresh tomato sauce, ground beef and challow rice; $13.95

Blue Sage Grill
Southampton, PA
Wild Mushroom Risotto: Creamy green apple-pumpkin arborio rice risotto surrounded by a riot of wild & exotic oyster & shitake mushrooms in a marsala-ancho chile broth with a melted herb-mascarpone center. Finished with organic soft goat cheese or gorgonzola upon request; $18.50

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