I feel almost guilty enjoying the calm central California autumn here while the northeast is in chaos due to Hurricane Sandy. My brother, a professional chef who lives in Brooklyn, decided to make the most of it even though his family’s Carroll Gardens apartment is at the convergence of low, moderate and high likelihood of evacuation zones in FEMA’s books.

All those pumpkins could serve as storm grub as long as one is able to cook. To that end, my brother cut up a pumpkin and tossed it with rosemary, fennel, star anise, allspice and coffee and roasted the mixture together. Throw in some shaved funnel, pomegranate seeds and red pepper, top it with a yogurt and tahini dressing, and his family, and perhaps apartment building, is safe. Lesson learned: Storm Sandy notwithstanding, all those pumpkins decorating windows and porches should not be wasted. They are nutritious gold. And help with hurricane preparedness.

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Photo courtesy Kevin Kaye.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.