One of my best friends used to think that pumpkin pie filling is something that comes in a can. Quite a few online recipes lean in that direction, too, but the funniest one I read recently stated somewhat like an afterthought that if you wanted to you could cook a pumpkin yourself.
Heck, what do you think I buy a pumpkin for at Halloween. Thanksgiving pie, of course. It is sort of a ritual with me that I save the seeds and dry them for snacking.
This year someone else is providing the pie, so I made pumpkin smoothies. So yums!