What’s Cooking – Pumpkin Bread

Yesterday at work I had a craving for pumpkin bread which is odd because I am not a big fan of pumpkin…. bread, YES, pumpkin, no.

Told work wife about my craving and she was all “oh yes, you should make some and bring it into the office.”

I found a recipe and realized I already had most of the ingredients, so I ran by Publix on the way home to pick up the three I didn’t have…. (which turned into an $80 shopping spree of other stuff I needed too.)

The pumpkin bread was about as easy to make as you can imagine and taste……  SO autumnal good!

Thanks to www.FoodNetwork.com and Alton Brown for the awesome treat!


Pumpkin Bread



Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.


In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla. Combine both mixtures and fold in the shredded pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. Once the ingredients are all incorporated pour into a non- stick 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan. If your pan is not non- stick coat it with butter and flour.


Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. At this point a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and turn out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely. For muffins temperature should also be 325 degrees F., but bake for 30 minutes.


Tuesday 10 – Pat Geyer AKA The Ranting Chef


It’s no secret, I love the blog world.  I find that some of the most creative writers are represented here.

I enjoy learning from the best and striving to become a better writer because of their talents.  One of my favorites is found at the site “The Ranting Chef.”

Check it out, www.rantingchef.com

Pat Geyer is the Ranting Chef, he describes his site as….

Like to cook? Check. Like to eat? Double check. Can’t shut him up? You betcha…

The Rantings of an Amateur Chef is the bloggings of Pat Geyer, an amateur chef living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. While not making his living in the kitchen, he spends as much time as he can there. He explores recipes, restaurants, gadgets and anything else related to cooking and eating.

I was honored when Pat took the time to respond to my Tuesday 10 questionnaire.  His answers are below….

Pat Geyer, The Ranting Chef

1)Excluding family members, who inspires you?  I am most inspired by people who have a love for something and they make it their life. The Food Network’s Alton Brown is one such man. He loved food and science and despite significant challenges decided one day he was going to create this quirky show (Good Eats) and never looked back.

2)What is your guilty pleasure?  I’d have to say most of my pleasures are the guilty kind. One that stands out is Snyders of Berlin Barbecue potato chips. I swear they make them with some illegal drug.df8fbfc90f0a5b5c6a17a1d03ca328da
3)If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say?  Other than my wife and kids (easy choices), I would choose my parents. Growing up my parents exposed my brother and I to many different experiences and either made or purchased a wide variety of foods. We were always required to try everything, even if we didn’t finish. Because of this, I learned to love new foods, new restaurants and new experiences. I cannot imagine life any other way.
4)What is your favorite sandwich?  I can’t just list one. The first was one from my grandfather – a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. It sounds bad, but once you survive the heart attack, it will be one of the best sandwiches you ever ate. The second is the West Side Monte Cristo sandwich from The Melt Bar and Grilled (meltbarandgrilled.com) (pic – westside-monte-cristo.jpg). The last is one that I’ve made for my blog, the Corned Beef Grilled Cheese (link – http://rantingchef.com/2013/07/16/one-helluva-sandwich/). You can’t choose just one!
5)What is the best professional advice you ever received?  Do what you like because life is too short to hate your job.
6)As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story?  I loved Dr. Seuss. My favorite was “Did I Every Tell You How Lucky You Are?” but all of them worked at various ages.
7)Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for?  George H W Bush
8)What is the one career achievement you are most proud of?  On September 11th, 2001, I was in charge of a unit that provided support to our nation’s financial institutions. We worked long hours and kept a number of banks resilient in the days following the disaster helping to prevent a financial disaster to match the original tragedy.
9)If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?  I think spending a day with Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) would be just awesome. Life just rocks when he is along.
10)What is the best meal you ever ate?  This question is no fair to ask someone obsessed with food. How can you choose from the Shrimp Cocktail Ceviche on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Copper River Salmon in Seattle or gumbo in the French Quarter of New Orleans? Should I choose my grandmother’s Sherry Chicken and Rice, or my mom’s Harvy Wallbanger Cake? Forced to choose, I would have to say Thanksgiving dinner. My father made the best turkey, red wine gravy and stuffing and my mother added her homemade mashed potatoes and pie. I’ve added some darn good cranberries to the mix. The best meal on earth! (Link to recipes – http://rantingchef.com/2012/11/17/thanksgiving-recipe-cornucopia/
Thanks for participating Pat and thanks for the knowledge and enjoyment you provide at www.rantingchef.com !