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Cooking with pumpkin

October 28, 1997

Pudding, flan add to old traditions

The Associated Press

For years, Halloween has been a fun-filled holiday for both children and adults. Rituals like trick-or-treat have been modified considerably since they began centuries ago. Today, most families celebrate with their own styles and customs.

In Mexico, a variation of this holiday is observed on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. These days celebrate the folkloric belief that the souls of deceased relatives return to visit. For two days, family members prepare for the arrival by constructing small altars in their homes. These altars are decorated with flowers, candles and photographs.

California Milk Advisory Board has developed Pumpkin Flan and Low-Fat Rice Pudding to celebrate these old traditions.

Evaporated milk is the base for Pumpkin Flan. Combined with pumpkin, cinnamon and other spices, this recipe is innovative, and its golden-amber color sets a warm mood for a chilly evening.

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For those who enjoy traditional taste but are counting calories and curbing fat intake, Low-Fat Rice Pudding is a sure winner. This recipe uses skimmed evaporated milk and 1 percent low-fat milk.

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