Janis: I should make a vehicle for ice cream from this.
Arlo: You mean pumpkin pie?
Janis: What did I say?
I made pumpkin pie out of a real pumpkin once, just to prove to myself that it was doable. You can roast the pumpkin the oven like a squash, but I just simmered pumpkin chunks in water for 30 minutes on the stove, dosed with cold water, removed the peel, and mashed. In either case, you need to remove the seeds and stringy bits first. It was easier than I thought it would be, but the end result was the same as pumpkin from a can.