We planted our first garden this year. In it we have about 10 pumpkins, I have never cooked with fresh pumpkin before. My sister in law Heather said to just cut it up, clean it out and bake it until it gets nice and soft.
Here is an amazing pumpkin bar recipe.
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
blend these together. Then add:
2 cups flour
2 tsps baking soda
pinch of salt
1 TBS cinnamon
1/2 teas nutmeg
2 cups or 1 small can of pureed pumpkin.
Mix well and pour into a greased cookie pan with an edge. Bake at 350 for about 20-23 minutes. Let cool then frost with cream cheese frosting.
8oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
whip well, and spread over the cooled bars.
As you can see I had 2 before typing this up, they are that good!** Edit: My sister in law Stephanie found this link about making your own pumpkin puree. It looks really strait forward.