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Trying Something New: Spicy Pumpkin Soup

by on Oct.20, 2011, under Food & Cocktails

Not sure what I was thinking when I made a pot of pumpkin soup this week.

I had read an article about a scrumptious curry pumpkin puree poured over roasted rapini. It sounded tasty, so I decided to make some, only I nixed the rapini and used a “Burpee’s golden zucchini” instead. (It’s a cross between a squash and zucchini, said the hippie seller at the farmer’s market.) And since I had my heart set on soup, not puree, I added water to turn the dish into a soup.

Half way through the cooking process, I decided I wanted my soup to be a lil’ sweet – a hybrid dessert soup – so I added a dash of nutmeg, a teaspoon of brown sugar and sauteed apples cubes. Then I thought, Hmm, I don’t want this to taste like pumpkin pie. I better add sauteed onion, curry powder and red pepper flakes to toughen it up.

The result was a sweet and spicy, super chunky pumpkin puree. (The golden zucchini served on the side isn’t pictured – oops!)

I hesitate to call the dish “soup” because it was thick and forbidding, like the oil oozing on Daniel Day Lewis in “There Will Be Blood.” Excellent movie.

Anyway, the soup was surprisingly decent. But like most pumpkin dishes, you can’t eat more than six bites without wanting to swear off orange gourds forever.

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Lusty October

by on Oct.14, 2011, under Quirky Places

This picture would really capture October's aura if it was taken at nightfall, oak trees lurked in the background (not a tropical palm), and candles flickered between the pumpkins. That'd be dreamy.

October is the most romantic month of the year.

The weather dips, food turns creamier and cozier, and the world gets colored in toasty hues.

And don’t forget about those chesty gourds. Ahh, yes…

Pumpkins are at the heart of October’s lusty, candlelit drama.

As the plump, pushy mascots of October, they rouse you to eat harvest foods and carve jack-o-lanterns. And they remind you that in a few short weeks, rugrats will be banging on your door, asking for free candy.

Which is fine, because lounging on the couch watching “Dracula” and occasionally getting up to chuck candy at tiny monsters and fairies sounds like a blast to me.

Here’s to a sultry October, filled with thick red wine, dark chocolate and spicy pumpkin anything…

That's more like it.

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An Albino Pumpkin

by on Oct.15, 2010, under Food & Cocktails

 

I’ve always wanted to buy a colorless pumpkin, and this year I did.

I’m not sure what it is I love about this little pale plumper; maybe it’s that he looks bi-racial – somewhere between a garden egg and a pumpkin.

In any case, looking at him makes me happy.

And hungry.

It makes me crave Crunchy Pumpkin Pie.

“Crunchy?” you say?

Yes, pumpkin pie just doesn’t have enough texture on its own, so I throw nuts in mine.

I think I’ll make some tonight, which means I need some pumpkin flesh.

So say goodbye to the lil’ pumpkin…

I’m kidding! I’m not going to gut my little albino friend!

I just bought the canned version. Much easier.

Stay tuned for Crunchy Pumpkin Pie…

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