I remember an old Prairie Home Companion where Garrison Keillor writes something along the lines of "the best pumpkin pie you ever had is not all that different from the worst and it is all just an excuse to use nutmeg". I shared the feeling; pumpkin pie was never anything special.
That is until this pumpkin pie. I used a graham cracker crust which helped the cause. The caramel here adds just enough flavor so you know it isn't an ordinary pumpkin pie. Plus it is easy, even with the caramel making. Once the pie was transported, we served it with a little whipped cream, it was gone before I could steal a slice to photograph. Perfect pie for a fall day when the Pats win it in OT.