Voting for Project Food Blog Challenge #4 is officially underway!  If you like what you see here at Eats Well With Others, I would appreciate it SO MUCH if you could head on over and vote for me and my spinach-onion curry pizza on a pumpkin-infused pizza dough!  You have until tonight at 9PM to vote!

Here is what I have to contend with.

A father who “can’t” eat vegetables because they “bother” his stomach.  And yes, we have tried many times to go over the difference between “can’t” and “won’t” as well as get a clear definition of the word “bother”.

As I have yet to find anything in the medical literature about a man who can stomach multiple glasses of red wine without any problem but whose body will reject steamed broccoli.  I am going with the more psychiatric diagnosis of “it’s all in your head” with a treatment of “tough love”.  Basically, he’s not allowed to leave the table until he has eaten all of the vegetables on his plate.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.


I also have a brother who, though he is lactose intolerant, has been known to wake up at 3 in the morning.  Covered in sweat.  Absolutely fiending for a milkshake.

He is the opposite of my father in this respect.   Whereas my dad will avoid anything that makes his stomach so much as twitch, my brother will throw all caution to the wind.  Brave rain, sleet, snow, and severe stomach pain.  Just so he can get his fix.

Personally, I’m just happy that he craves milkshakes and not heroin.  And has a metabolism that rivals that of a wild boar.  Because with these kinds of pleasure-seeking habits he could get himself into some serious trouble.


Fortuitously enough, I received an email about two weeks ago from Foodbuzz advertising a contest that Lactaid was holding for the best lactose-free smoothie/milkshake recipe.  With the grand prize being an all-expense paid trip to the Foodbuzz Festival.

Now I’d like to say that my motives for entering this little competition were completely altruistic.  That I did it all so that my brother would be able to enjoy a milkshake without being haunted by the knowledge that his small intestine would not be pleased with him afterward.

But that would only be partially true.  You see.  I really want to go to the Foodbuzz Festival.

And I really wanted to spend an afternoon taste testing milkshakes.  It seemed way more fun than going to anatomy lab and spending hours fruitlessly attempting to identify the arteries, veins, and nerves of the face.

Oh and trust me.  It was.


A few hours, one carton of ice cream, and some very high blood sugar later.  I had done it.

Pumpkin spice milkshakes with a cranberry sauce swirl.  All the best of Thanksgiving in one cup.  There is cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup.  Imagine pumpkin pie.  In liquid form.  With ice cream.  All completely lactose-free.  Heck, I think I am even going to need a cold shower.

I think that the Carvel near my parents’ house is going to be seeing a lot less business in the coming months.  That’s for sure.

Now.  Any suggestions for how to somehow incorporate vegetables into a glass of red wine.  Would be much appreciated.


Pumpkin Spice Milkshake
Serves 2, an Eats Well With Others Original

1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup Lactaid fat free milk
1 cup Lactaid vanilla ice cream
4 tbsp maple syrup (the real stuff)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
dollops of cranberry sauce to swirl in (recipe below)

Mix everything, except for the cranberry sauce, in a blender.  Blend until everything is combined.  Pour into two cups.  Fill a piping bag fitted with a #12 tip with the cranberry sauce.  Pipe it into swirls on top of the milkshake.  Alternatively, grab a spoon and throw a dollop of the cranberry sauce on top of the milkshake.  It will be just as delicious.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Makes about 2 cups, adapted from Tyler Florence

1 12-oz package cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tbsp cranberry juice
1/2 cup water

Place the cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cranberry juice, and water into a pan.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Then simmer until sauce has thickened to desired consistency.  I simmered until most of the liquid was gone and the sauce was very jam-like.  For the milkshake, I then put it in a food processor/blender and pureed it.

*As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a coupon for a free carton of Lactaid milk in order to create this recipe, which is an entry into a contest to attend the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival.  Feel free to check out Lactaid‘s site for additional information about these products, as well as Moovision – a new site they just launched!

Also, please email me your entries to Regional Recipes: GERMANY!


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117 Responses to Pumpkin Spice Milkshake with a Cranberry Sauce Swirl

  1. Karla says:

    Looks beautiful! Your photos are great! You should post a tutorial detailing your photography skills and tips–I am working on mine! (not my tutorial; my skills). 🙂

  2. LimeCake says:

    gosh pumpkin has been on every food blog lately! this is a delicious way to have it. very Starbucks-esque!

  3. Simply Life says:

    wow, nice work – your family must be happy and good luck!

  4. Big Dude says:

    You sure are creative and it’s a super presentation

  5. I think this sounds amazing!!! No problems with lactose in this house, so I will make it with the real stuff, but yum yum yum! I have a brother who similarly refuses all vegetables. Unless his girlfriend is present– then he’ll eat as much broccoli as you can put in front of him. Love the post!

  6. Shannon says:

    You’ve done it again.


    Oh, and if you find a way to get those veggies into a glass of red wine, please let me know.

  7. I LOVE this!

    Hmmm, your father’s aversion to veggies sounds fishy? Like my friend who says she “allergic to seafood” only to not have to tell people she doesn’t like the stuff!

    Great Recipe! Good Luck!

  8. Lori says:

    I LOVE cranberries and I LOVE pumpkin but I never thought of putting the two together. I bet it was delicious. You always have interesting food here Joanne.

  9. I will see you at the Foodbuzz Festival Joanne since this is truly a winner!!

  10. Kim says:

    Cute post, Joanne. Love the bit about your Dad’s excuse for not eating vegetables-too funny. I wonder if your Dad likes pesto? You think he could tell if you stuffed some green veggies in a pesto sauce? As for your brother, I think it’s kinda cute that he’s willing to pay the price for what he wants. He’s not stubborn at all, is he? 😉
    You created a masterpiece with this recipe. I love the creativity of the cranberry sauce swirled on top, as well as the spices and the maple syrup. Delicious!

  11. Perfect for autumn!!! I’ve been mixing pumpkin into everything lately…cookies, pancakes, looks like milkshakes are next!

  12. My father could only eat potatoes and green beans. His fruit of choice–tomatoes. Any other vegetable was taboo and any other fruit had to be in the form of dessert. What can you do? Well, make milkshakes. This looks delicious.


  13. Yum yum yum! I’ve been making pumpkin smoothies for breakfast with banana, but this looks so special and delicious!


  14. Tasha says:

    YUM! a spiced pumpking milkshake sounds awesome! And the cranberry swirl is the perfect finishing touch!

  15. Shannon says:

    and your brother won’t even have to throw caution to the wind with this one 🙂 Fabulous creation, love the cranberry swirl!

  16. Joanna says:

    I most certainly will be making this… soon. Ok, maybe today. And you and Heather are clearly on the same page. Did you see her last post?

  17. Amy says:

    Perhaps your Dad and my Dad were separated at birth. Mine thinks there are only 3 foods groups – steak, chocolate, and cinnamon. I certainly know where I get my sweet tooth from, but thank goodness I didn’t inherit his hatred of vegetables.

    Bravo on this creation! Seriously. Those pictures are amazing. And who doesn’t love pumpkin pie?…in any form. This just saves dirtying up a fork.

  18. Faith says:

    This sounds pretty fantastic and I’m regretting the fact that I already had breakfast, lol! What an elegant milkshake. The cranberry sauce was a brilliant addition, it’s such a strikingly pretty color contrast.

  19. Satya says:

    milk shake looks so inviting …love the toucj of cranberry sauce on it ..yummy


  20. Dawn says:

    What a sweet sister you are to come up with a recipe for your brother. This would be perfect for my mom…she loves these flavors and has trouble with the milk too so already buys the Lactaid!

  21. Giovanna says:

    Love cranberries! And I am with you that your diagnosis of “it’s all in his head” is right! I would see my grandfather take a shot (or two) of liquor to ‘soothe’ his stomach but whole raw vegetables were like Satan’s spawn to him. Said they tore up his stomach! Yeah right.

    So glad your brother is not addicted to heroine also! : )
    Love your humor!
    By the way, love the close up of the glass on the plate with the sauce, great comp.

  22. elra says:

    and that, look truly gourmet ! very pretty …

  23. Mo Diva says:

    okay… i just wanna lick the plate.
    thats all.
    this is gorgeous in every way!

  24. Thats a nice and a different shake which is beautifully presented..

  25. looks beyond yummy, darling!

    xo Alison

  26. Rachel says:

    I love that you served the shake in a wine glass. That and the cranberry sauce make it a very sophisticated looking dessert.
    Pumpkin is soooo good in smoothies and shakes. I made this one yesterday http://muffinegg.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/squash-smoothie/
    Next time I’ll try the cranberry sauce as a finishing touch!

  27. Marisa says:

    My oh my that looks good! See this is the reason why I always get jealous when the northern hemisphere moves into fall – all the yummy-looking pumpkin recipes.

  28. This is not only gorgeous but sounds so good! What a great idea to meld two of the most prevalent flavors of fall and mix them in a delicious shake. Bravo!

  29. Kristin says:

    Such a gorgeous picture! This is definitely going on my “need to try” list.

  30. Brilliant! Thanksgiving in a cup! Who would have thought . . . and that’s why you should win Project Food Blog. =)

  31. Swathi says:

    Gorgeous milk shake I like it.

  32. What’s with doctors and veg?? My hubs is always getting me to eat more veg too!

  33. RamblingTart says:

    Girl, you’re amazing!! 🙂 I love these delish things that come out of your whirling imagination. 🙂 OF COURSE I’m voting for you!! Every chance I get!! GO JOANNE!! 🙂

  34. This is really interesting! Whether it is for your brother or for that coveted trip to Foodbuzz Festival, I am glad you tried this! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Ameena says:

    I can relate to your dad – I avoid anything and everything that makes my stomach hurt. It’s safe to say that I am permanently hungry!

    The swirl really makes this entire milkshake…

    I hope you win the trip!!

  36. Eliana says:

    This is the best lookin milkshake I have ever seen. Will it give me brain freeze if I try to drink it too fast? I my favorite part of enjoying a milkshake.

  37. LOVELY! The flavors sounds amazing and the pictures look absolutely beautiful. I hope you win and take me as your date 😉

  38. Foodjunkie says:

    WEll I do hope you win the trip to the festival. I wish I could also go, it will be so much fun.

  39. megan says:

    Pumpkin pie in milkshake form? Yes – I’ll take one please.

    Actually, could you add a shot of rum to mine?

  40. Oooh la la! Perfect for fall 🙂 Milkshakes are SO hard to photograph for me and you did an awesome job. Beautiful!


  41. Rachana says:

    A very innovative drink. Looks awesome.

  42. Katerina says:

    Great presentation! As always you have my vote! Good Luck.

  43. Pam says:

    Now I am totally craving a milkshake… this looks beautiful, creative, and so tasty. Hope you win the trip to the Foodbuzz Festival.

  44. Julie says:

    This looks so delicious. Love the flavors!

  45. Victoria K. says:

    Good luck! Your milkshake looks great!! I’ve heard that lactose intolerence is a 7-year cycle. I know that seems crazy, but my dad used to be lactose intolerant… for 7 years, and then it went away completely. How weird is that? How long has your brother been intolerant?

  46. Delicious – very creative! I have a friend who “doesn’t believe in vegetables” and he is 60 years old, can you believe it?
    Love the pumpkiny goodness (although, wouldn’t it technically be a fruit, biologically? With the seeds and all.. 🙂
    The perfect autumn shake. I’ll take two. ?

  47. This sounds SO GOOD! Pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce are two of my three favorite parts of thanksgiving (my mom’s stuffing is the third)…. so tasty! And in milkshake form…. heaven in a glass!

  48. Cara says:

    ooh, what a fun idea to add that cranberry swirl! Beat my pumpkin protein shake without cranberry swirls that I already thought was the bee’s knees. I confess I thought this post was going to have one additional outcome – that you got your father to eat (and enjoy! without tummy troubles!) his veggies because you whipped them up with ice cream and sugar and poured them in a glass. No?

  49. Reeni says:

    This looks insanely good! And the drizzle of cranberry makes it extra special! So funny how our parents are so similar. I’ve made big strides in getting my Dad to eat veggies. I have to be sneaky about it.

  50. So you don’t think dad would go for a broccoli or lima bean milk shake? Somehow, I can you see you making it work. 🙂

  51. Sara says:

    Yay for cranberry SAUCE and for all things pumpkin spice. I’d vote twice if I could.

  52. This sounds like such a lovely treat Joanne! Perfect way to celebrate the weekend!

  53. Chef Dennis says:

    now thats one tasty looking milkshake…even with lactaid! I hope you win, I would love to see you at the festival….You have my vote in the FB challenge!

  54. Monet says:

    Lovely post. You know you have my vote! My sister is also crazy about milkshakes…she could drink one every day! I like them…but not to that extent. Now maybe if I tried one of your pumpkin milkshakes, I’d be singing a different tune. These look DELICIOUS! I hope you win the contest…and you know you have my vote for PFB!

  55. Mari says:

    OMG this looks amazing…and the pictures are great! I am so proud of you and you have my VOTE!!!!!!


  56. Beth says:

    I wanna go to Foodbuzz Fest too! If neither of us go, let’s hold our own in NYC. Foodbloggers unite! Umm this looks amazing. And fiending for a milkshake is something I do well. This looks ridic!

  57. Raina says:

    That not only looks gorgeous it sounds so delicious. What could be better than pumpkin pie flavors and ice cream?…yum! You are so creative to have come up with this combo.

    So funny about your dad. I have some family members that have some pretty funny ideas about their health too..lol For instance, my aunt claims she cannot go in a swimming pool because she had surgery (six years ago)..lol

  58. This milkshake looks and sounds awesome! Would be so lovely on the Thanksgiving table. The cranberry swirl is a nice touch. Very creative indeed!

  59. Catherine says:

    Oh my Joanne, this looks scrumptious! Perfect season treat! Just the looks of this drink gets me in the mood for fall!
    I especially love the sauce. I have to make this!

  60. Yum…this looks like Thanksgiving dessert in milkshake form- This just screams FALL!

  61. That Girl says:

    1) I had a friend in law school who literally couldn’t digest vegetables. She claimed it was because her parents never ate veggies and never fed them to her so now they make her sick (kind of like a vegetarian eating meat.)

    2) My lactose intolerant brother is EXACTLY like your lactose intolerant brother.

    3) I will pretty much eat ANYTHING pumpkin flavored! I especially love pumpkin drinks.

  62. You put the best of fall into a cup! Thanks for the lovely recipe, Joanne.

  63. wow amazing thats why your in round 4 your a star

  64. Debinhawaii says:

    Very creative–loving all the swirls too! It is perfect for fall. Good luck in the contest. 😉

  65. Clevah girl! Stupid me, I procrastinated signing up for the FB festival. I could have easily driven there, and stayed for free at my bestie’s house. SIGH. I hope you win, so you can report all about it to me. Maybe next year… as for the shake– sounds like I’d love it!

  66. I don’t think a milkshake ever looked this gorgeous before!

  67. I have made a few variations on this so far this fall, although only really in smoothie form. I have been OBSESSED with ice lately. I cannot get enough of it I know it is probably really terrible for my teeth but I just have this insatiable need to chew on it all day long. I blend milk, protein powder, cinnamon, maple, pumpkin, and banana. The milkshake version sounds more decadent. And better. 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  68. Joanne, there seems to be something wrong with your page. I had to refresh 8 times to get to the comment box.

    Anyways, OH MY DEAR!!!! You totally gave this drink a new definition! So gourmet and presented beautifully! Now, it’s about time to write a book. I will buy for sure! Totally!

  69. Priya says:

    Wat a stunning and elegant milkshake.

  70. Vivienne says:

    Those swirls on the plate and glass are soo pretty. Pumpkin milkshake!!! THat’s awesome..like pumpkin soup dessert! I think I’d love to have that anytime!

  71. Always come to you for originality and something wildly different (sorry iam saying the same thing, aren’tI) OK sorry your dad does not like his veggies, got to make him believe he is eating steak and give him lentils, thats’s what I did with my kids I would tell them “it is chocolare pudding and it was mujaddara, lentil porridge, they now love it

  72. Pumpkin pie in shake form is a fantastic invention! Good luck with the contest. As for sneaking vegetables, I’ve added kale to berry smoothies and it’s completely unnoticeable.

  73. Kristen says:

    What a pretty shake. It sounds like a wonderful fall treat. The broccoli wine…not so much.

  74. this sounds so awesome! i bet my husband who is a milkshake junkie would love this a lot. thanks for sharing this.

  75. Alisa says:

    Wow, that looks so gorgeous! I want one for breakfast. I already voted for you … and told ten other people to vote for you 🙂

  76. brandi says:

    dang. I wish we could both win! This looks incredible. I love the pop of color from the sauce.

  77. This looks so gorgeous..I m seeing a lot of pumkin lattes these days on the blogs but this is another version…love it!
    Men are men..and they will always be nasty with food..I love the way you have swirled the cranberry sauce on top and on the plate!

  78. Julie says:

    haha making delicious food with an ulterior motive? SHAME on you.

    i hope this makes your brother and daddy-o squeal with joy and not pain 🙂 hahaha

  79. I love the pictures for this recipe. I love using Lactaid. This is a definite winner!

  80. Nirmala says:

    I love pumpkin and in a milkshake. That’s awesome! I’m also loving the chick pea quinoa salad. Thinking about substituting eggplant with mushrooms.

  81. Deborah says:

    I was going to say I would love to get a peek into your mind where you come up with ideas like this, but I think I’d settle for a place at your table! This looks amazing!!

  82. What is it about dads who won’t eat veggies? mine is the same way!! this does look like a fab shake i must say! i hope you win and get to go to the festival!

  83. sweetlife says:

    beautiful creation, you are sure to win…love the color contrats….


  84. Lori says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! Not to mention sounds incredible… I LOVE It! Voting now!

  85. Karen says:

    What a great shake! Good luck with the contest!

  86. Stella says:

    Hey Joanne, I’m going to make this, as I know I will have some leftover pumpkin from a few recipes I’m going to try. I’ll be back to comment on how it is (smile)…!

  87. Jessie says:

    Joanne, how is your photography so gosh darned amazing?? And the presentation is gorgeous! Adding swirls of cranberry under the glass – dude, I want you catering my next meal. Don’t forget those cupcakes you promised me 😉 (and yes, I am totally trying to trick you into giving me cupcakes, hee).

    Veggies in red wine, eh? I’ll get right on that!

  88. Sippity Sup says:

    That top photo is so spectacularly artistic. You are one of the best bloggers out there. You really are. GREG

  89. Donna-FFW says:

    ABSOLUTELY love this!! and with tylers homemade cranberry sauce… you so rock!!

  90. Mary says:

    This really looks delicious, Joanne. You did a fabulous job with the Project Food Blog competition. Next year you’ll be at the head of the pack. You deserve to be there. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  91. yummm….and i love how you use ” ” on “can’t” and “bothers” HAHAHA

  92. Debbie says:

    Now that is interesting and looks delicious!

  93. Mo 'Betta says:

    This sounds great since I love the taste of pumpkin pie, but hate the consistency of pumpkin pie! mmmm, pie in a smoothie – probably better than my ‘green monster’! I just made your pumpkin pizza dough tonight!! YAY for pumpkin 😀

  94. Laurie says:

    This screams fall.. how creative!

  95. jen cheung says:

    interesting combination! love your creation 🙂

    have a lovely weekend!
    jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

  96. Love this milkshake! Very autumny and tasty!

  97. Barbara says:

    Delicious as this sounds, Joanne, I don’t think I can ever give up Carvel. 🙂

  98. You are a winner in my book!!!!! I have loved, and tucked into my virtual recipe clipping file, a whole slew of your offerings. Now, you need to work on getting your father to eat his vegetables.

    Have a delicious weekend.


  99. Jennifer says:

    I love pumpkin spice smoothies but the idea if a cranberry swirl sounds fabulous!!

  100. OohLookBel says:

    Oh, that looks incredibly awesome! I wish lactose-free products were more available here.

  101. pajamachef says:

    beautiful milkshake! i love the flavors. i’m impressed that you have cranberries already…

  102. Joanna, YUM!!! I suffer the same malady as your brother and am always looking for lactose-free recipes. I didn’t know they made lactose-free ice cream — will definitely have to try this!

  103. Lea Ann says:

    Joanne, outSTANDing photos. You better be careful, some big time food magazine will hire you.

  104. Jeanne says:

    I love the colors of this milkshake, not to mention that it looks like pumpkin pie in a glass! My boyfriend would love this. He’s lactose intolerant but refuses to let me eat a bowl of ice cream alone. It’s always nice to have a lactose free option!

  105. belesaaru says:

    A complete treat to my eyes! wonderful combination and lovely presentation!

  106. aipi says:

    Pumpkin spice milkshake sound fabulous..like the way you presented it with the swirl on top..very elegant!

    US Masala

  107. theUngourmet says:

    My stomach is fouled up daily. I need to see a doctor soon and find out what is up. Hello, is there a doctor in the house??? Wow. How cool that Lactaid has ice cream now! Your shake looks fabulous!

  108. Johanna GGG says:

    that glass looks like it contains all the food groups and in the prettiest way. hope your brother loves it and wish you could convince your dad to try it too

  109. Ben says:

    You got me at pumpkin milkshake. I’m trying to teach Mexicans how amazing pumpkin is and I’m sure your recipe will come handy in this hard task, hehe.

  110. Chris says:

    I’m here a day or two late but damn this looks good, Joanne! Your details in the presentation teach me a lot. The folds of the fabric. The swirls.

  111. grace says:

    fortuitous. what a great word. meanwhile, this is a fine shake–that swirl is lovely and mesmerizing!

  112. claire says:

    GORGEOUS! what a perfect and inventive pumpkin recipe- I feel like i have seen so many pumpkin recipes lately but none this pretty!

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  115. Serena says:

    Made these last night with the kids. #heaven Honestly we didn’t make the cranberry sauce. But my shakes never come out thick…so I was happy to have this recipe to a thicker shake…it was spot on!

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