We have a clear close reason for questions asking what to do with an ingredient.

Questions of the form "What can I do with [ingredient]?" are off-topic because they are subjective and lead to a long list of equally good suggestions, which is not compatible with the Stack Exchange format. See Culinary Uses Guidelines for details. Exceptions are made for items which are not generally considered to have any culinary use.

…and yet this is not disclosed in advance should a user look at our on-topic Help page - What topics can I ask about here?

I was just about to slap my 'helpful advice' boilerplate on a question I voted to close this morning

Please take the time to take the Tour and read the Help pages, especially What topics can I ask about here? and What types of questions should I avoid asking?

…but realised it's just not covered.

Can we add it to the Help - or remove it from the close reasons? One or the other.

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So far, your question has a positive score and nobody has objected. By Meta rules, this constitutes agreement, so I edited our list of off-topic questions to include the bullet

Suggestions how to use an ingredient (I need ideas for savory dishes made with pumpkin)

The formulation need not be final, we can discuss it further here or in a new Meta question.

  • Simple & to the point. Works for me if no-one comes up with further suggestions.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Feb 19 at 13:29

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