October is prime-time for pumpkin picking and carving, but don’t forget how delectable they are, too! Instead of just decorating the house and porch with pumpkins this fall, put them to satisfying use in these delicious pumpkin-inspired recipes and fill your home with the sweet smell of fall and your stomach with a reminder of holiday eats to come.

Buttermilk Biscuits with Pumpkin Butter

Light and moist, these biscuits get their tang from a healthy shot of buttermilk and are perfect with this homemade, spice-infused pumpkin butter.

Coconut-Apricot-Pumpkin Seed Granola

Roast up a batch of this crunchy granola for cool autumn weekday mornings. Knowing it’s waiting in the kitchen will make you jump right out of bed.

Pumpkin Chili

That’s right. Pumpkin chili. Combine October’s number one squash with a hearty winter go-to for a robust and flavorful new autumn favorite. This fun spin on a classic is sure to please your kids and impress your friends.

Pauline’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

Even those fiercely loyal to their pumpkin pie will veer from tradition with this silky, spicy cheesecake. It comes from Pauline Marmion, who says that the flavors are even better after several days—so go ahead and cross this one off your holiday baking list first.

Want more Northern Michigan harvest recipes? Check out All About the Apple and Perfect Pear Plates for Fall!