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5 Metro Phoenix Pumpkin Treats To Try Before You Get Pumpkin-ed Out

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Urban Cookies' Pumpkin Bread Sweet, spicy and available year 'round--Urban Cookies' pumpkin bread is the perfect way to inject a fall flavor pallet into your diet, even in the middle of summer. The super moist pumpkin bread is topped with an addicting cinnamon pecan streusel. At $2.50 per slice, you're liable to get hooked for good. Plus, if you're looking for an easy treat to bring to an autumnal soiree, you can buy whole loaves for about $30.

St. Francis' Pumpkin Soup Soup season is coming back in a big way and one of our very favorite options that is both soup and seasonal is St. Francis' pumpkin soup. As if the velvety, luxurious pumpkin base wasn't enough, St. Francis builds on the rustic flavors with sage, roasted peppitas and a cinnamon crème fraiche. Then the soup gets a tangy twist with pomegranate areals and orange zest. A bowl of this beautifully well-rounded, vegetarian and gluten-free soup will cost you $6.

Petite Maison's Pumpkin Dinner Petite Maison is known for having some of the most well-executed theme dinners in town. Everything from the annual Halloween Offal dinner to Julia Child-inspired dessert have come from James Porter's inventive kitchen. This time Petite Maison is giving dinner the pumpkin treatment with a four-course menu with pumpkin everything and a wine pairing for each dish. The menu includes a pumpkin wrapped scallop with a pumpkin latke and pepita foie pesto, pumpkin and apple glazed pork belly with pumpkin and pecan polenta and a slow roasted pumpkin and ricotta agnolotti with duck confit and crispy sage.

What trip to Petite Maison would be complete without a soufflé? Well, don't worry, they've also got a pumpkin soufflé with hazelnut crème anglaise on the list. The dinner, which is $39 per person (a steal in our book) and an additional $16 for the wine pairings, will be available October 17 through 20 in peak pumpkin season.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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