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Roasted pumpkin seeds with lime and garlic

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In Praise of Leftovers

(Read caption) Pumpkin seeds flavored with lime zest, olive oil, and garlic powder.

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There are so many things that can go wrong in a day. Forgetting to put out the garbage, missing your bus, refereeing sibling rivalry, or the mail getting soaked. And bigger things, too – losing your job, getting your feelings hurt, worrying about bills.

And that’s what I love about stepping into the kitchen – it’s a daily chance for something to go right. And even if your venture fails spectacularly, at least you’ve been doing something with your hands, creating something, being generative instead of reacting or solving problems.

Carving pumpkins with the kids yesterday, I was scheming about how the pumpkin seeds could go right. It seems like a lot of work in the moment – separating stringy flesh from seeds, making sure kids don’t fling them everywhere. Finally, a precious bowlful. Curry powder? Cinnamon? Chili powder?

I settled on lime zest, olive oil, and garlic powder. I don’t use garlic powder a lot, but it’s magical, in its way. Fresh garlic on these would be totally overpowering and would burn in a second.

These were so good. Last night for Yancey’s birthday dinner, we had french onion soup, salad with pomegranates and goat cheese, and caramel apple cake. But these stole the show. Three cheers for little things going right.

Roasted pumpkin seeds with lime and garlic

Seeds from 1 pumpkin
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon garlic powder


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