Hospital chef plants seeds for pink pumpkins, breast cancer awareness

By Kent Hamaker posted 10-18-2017 09:29

Now, in harvest mode, he’s using kitchen magic to turn the pumpkins into quinoa salad, silky curry bisque, pumpkin-spiced cupcakes and more. Plus, three great fall pumpkin recipes to try now.

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation raises breast cancer awareness and funds research by selling Porcelain Doll pumpkins, a hybrid variety. The rosy-hued pumpkins are a way to connect the cancer community with agriculture groups like Future Farmers of America (FFA) and chefs in the healthcare industry like Khan.

Khan heard about the project from an employee in the hospital’s radiology department. Then he rallied together the hospital’s cancer doctors and staff, the local farmers’ market, Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market, and the Norris, Neb., chapter of FFA. The future farmers planted the pink pumpkin seeds and cared for them all summer long.

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