This time of year, everything's coming up pumpkins, from lattes to Pringles. A number of bloggers are claiming that pumpkin, given its seasonal ubiquity, is the new bacon! They also note that pumpkin in and of itself has no flavor, but the spices and sugar are what contribute to its well-known identity. To me much of it can taste too sickly sweet, whereas traditional pumpkin pie has the right mix of spices and sugar, as well as dairy and eggs. Huffpost has an intriguing slideshow of current food items that are pumpkin-flavored. I've always found it interesting that people either love or hate pumpkin - very little variance in degree of preference!