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Quiet crisis

Did your Thanksgiving feast yesterday include pumpkin pie?

If the answer is no, it may not have been the result of poor menu planning. Your host or hostess may have been the victim of…

The Great Pumpkin Crisis of 2009

The what, you say?

The Great Pumpkin Crisis…the quietest food crisis since the Great Waffle Shortage just a few weeks ago.

Apparently heavy rains in Morton, Illinois — the Pumpkin Capital of the United States — depleted its pumpkin crop, and since Morton supplies Libby with 85 percent of its pumpkin, pie shells around the country were empty yesterday.

Who knew?

Not too many people, as it turns out. Like waffles, pumpkin is not a food stuff that incites screams of panic and outrage when it goes missing. No doubt yesterday cooks replaced the pie filling with sweet potato or pecan on their Turkey Day menu.

If there had been a beer shortage — well, let’s just say the football games might have been canceled.

But pumpkin?

I’m guessing only Linus cried…alone, in the pumpkin patch.