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  •  Soup is on the menu here, too. (10+ / 0-)

    From Chez Panisse Vegetables: Roasted Pumpkin Soup with black pepper croutons. You split in half and clean out a 3 pound sugar pumpkin, rub the insides with olive oil, and salt and pepper generously, then place the halves on a baking sheet cut side down, over 2 still-papered cloves of garlic and a sprig of thyme for each half. Bake 350 till soft - about 45 minutes. Them remove the soft pulp, add the garlic squeezed out of its paper, and mash well. Add a quart of chicken stock and heat to a simmer. You can add 2 Tbsp butter if you like for a richer soup.

    The croutons are really important. You toss bread cubes in melted butter, salt them, and spread on a baking sheet, Bake in "a medium oven" (hey, the pumpkin's at 350...) till brown and crisp. This took 25 minutes with fresh bread but is much quicker with dry. Grind black pepper over the croutons as soon as they come out of the oven. We've found that you should let the soup cool to eating temp before adding the croutons on top or they will get mushy before you can enjoy them.

    Yummy soup!

    We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
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    by pixxer on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:29:43 PM PST

    •  Thank you so much. (6+ / 0-)

      i lost my alice waters cookbook last year and I just bought a sugar pumpkin in the idea of making a pie. I think i'm going to go with your soup.

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      by blueoregon on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:39:27 PM PST

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      •  For one Thanksgiving a few years ago, (5+ / 0-)

        we decided to one-off everything on the typical menu. I'm pretty sure that pumpkin appeared as soup rather than pie, and cranberries were in a sort of clafouti, rather than sauce. Did we make a turkey salad or something? I don't remember that :)

        We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
        Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

        by pixxer on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:02:36 PM PST

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