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The phyllo strudel ($16) is accompanied with slices of pumpkin brushed with sage butter and topped with hazelnuts and seeds. Megan Maginity/22nd Century Media
The pumpkin gnocchi ($13) at Winnetka’s O’Neil’s is served with a roasted lemon scallops pumpkin foam. APRIL DAHLQUIST/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
The pumpkin bread French toast from Hotcakes in Wilmette is $8.95 for four slices and is available through November. Joe Coughlin/22nd Century Media
Chef Phil Siciliano’s cream of pumpkin soup is sold by the quart at The Grand Food Center’s Glencoe and Winnetka locations ($7.99), a warm autumn treat that’s sweet but not too sweet. Fouad Egbaria/22nd Century Media
Hackney’s pumpkin pie ($3.95) is topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spices. Alex Mayster/22nd Century Media
Orange is the hot color this Halloween
12:41 am CDT October 31, 2014

The pumpkin craze is out of control — muffins, coffee, pies, soups, tarts, torts, shampoos, air fresheners, Halloween costumes! (OK, that last one is normal.)

But why should we be complaining — more pumpkin-flavored goodies is a good thing, right? 

22nd Century Media editors think so and it didn’t take any arm-twisting for them to jump into this project like a pile of leaves.