In the last month or so, my google reader has been full of Fall recipes. I’ve resisted the Fall baking, trying to cling onto summer. It’s not too hard considering it’s still in the 80s here in San Diego. Also I know once I start, I’ll go pumpkin crazy like I do every year.

Pumpkin is not even my favorite vegetable so I’m not sure why I go so crazy when it comes to baking pumpkin. But once I start, I can’t stop. My pumpkin baking will begin this weekend, but before I begin, I went through my old posts and decided to round up a list of my favorite recipes for those looking for a yummy pumpkin recipe. I want to do a round-up once I’m done with pumpkin baking season this year and I think it’ll be fun to compare the lists. I’ve already compiled quite a long to-do list, filled with both old favorites and brand new ideas.

So without further adieu, here is a round-up of my favorite 15 pumpkin recipes. You can view the entire pumpkin recipe collection here. On my previous avocado round-up, readers were confused because I had no particular order. So this time, I’ve tried to rank my top 15 in order. So starting in reverse order:

15. Pumpkin Mochi Cake

14. Cinnamon Pumpkin Bubble Buns

13. Pumpkin Tea Cake

12. Pumpkin Donut Muffins

11. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

10. Pumpkin Garlic Knots

One of the things Taiwan is most known for is Beef Noodle Soup (NRM). Taipei is saturated with places that offer it, many serving it with knife shaved or hand pulled noodles. You can find it at night markets, street vendors, and random restaurants as you walk around. There’s even an annual Beef Noodle Soup festival.

Actually in our previous visits, we’ve never been too interested in eating beef noodle soup. My mom makes it at home often and my aunt in Taiwan also makes a really good version which we usually eat when we visit.

This last year or so, we’ve become really interested in beef noodle soup when dining out and have tried a lot of places that serve it. So when we went to Taiwan, we were also curious to try out some of the more famous places. I’ve always found the beef noodle soup in the US to be a little on the pricey side. But I was surprised to find it almost equally as pricey in Taipei. Usually Taiwan food prices are a lot cheaper than US prices, but the beef noodle soup was about the same. I guess it’s become so popular outside of Taiwan that the restaurants have raised the prices knowing the tourists will still buy it.

Shan Xi Dao Xiao Mien

This place makes their own knife shaved noodles and is known for their tomato broth beef noodle soup. I liked the chew of the noodles. The broth is lighter than my personal preference, but overall, we enjoyed it.

Lao Shan Dong

This place has been around since 1949 and was recommended to me by KungFoodPanda. Unfortunately, my family chose to go without me during the day of my engagement pictures. So sad. My brother took pictures though:

Oreos, chocolate covered potato chips, caramel and vanilla ice cream. Okay, so this isn’t exactly a healthy after-school snack. But it does sound good doesn’t it?

“After School Special” is actually a flavor offered by Humphrey Slocombe, one of my favorite ice cream shops. DH had it a few months ago when we went to Bitter Sweet in the Bay Area. He really loved this sweet treat so I thought I’d surprised him with a homemade version.

When I looked online, the description was Chocolate-covered Ridge potato chips swirled with caramel in Tahitian Vanilla. I could have sworn I had tasted Oreos in it though. Maybe my memory is wrong. But I decided to add the Oreos anyway because it sounded so yummy.