Once, in my younger and more foolish days, I used to try to cut through their tough little skins with a knife. Now I use the easier and FAR more fun bouncing-them-off-the-patio method. When they're fresh, they don't bounce. When they've aged a bit, they do, so it can take a couple tries, and is a lovely way to work out frustration....say, that of never getting rid of bronchitis, for instance.
I have also discovered that a grapefruit spoon works REALLY well for scraping the insides clean:
It's been longer than I thought since I roasted pumpkins, so while I remembered that boiling the seeds in salt water before roasting them both flavors them and gets the remaining pumpkin gunk off of them,
And what better way to celebrate fresh pumpkin puree than..
pumpkin muffins? Okay, in a household which has never, ever made a pumpkin pie, that is..............