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Friday, September 24, 2010

Tasty Fall Recipes

Autumn is the perfect time to try some new recipes, since the weather is cool enough for a comforting bowl of soup, but still warm enough for the chilled or frozen desserts (on a good day, anyway). Here are a few delicious dinners you can try during the season that will help to create new fall memories for you and your fam. Oh, and since I'm not one for measuring when cook, just follow the general directions to achieve the right taste--but add more or less of your favorite ingredients as you see fit;) Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cream Soup


mashed or pureed pumpkin
heavy whipping cream (or the soy version if you're vegan)
sour cream (or the vegan version)
turkey bacon (again, the veggie version of this is just as good)
lemon juice
cocoa powder

For this light but filling soup, you'll need to start buy sauteeing a copped medium onion in a few tablespoons of butter. Peel and slice two or three large Idaho potatoes, and place them in the pan with the onions and butter. Add some chicken or vegetable broth to the mix, along with the pumpkin. At this point, you can transfer to the soup to a pot, or leave the mixture in the pan if it's deep enough. Cook until the potatoes have softened, then turn the heat down slightly and add the cream until the soup is at your desired consistency. Add salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg to taste--I recommend a little white pepper and cumin as well:) Cook the soup for about twenty minutes, then remove it from the heat to make it thicker. While the soup is cooling, sautee a few pieces of bacon. After the soup has cooled, transfer it to your favorite bowl (trust me, that makes it taste better lol). For the topping, mix sour cream with a little lemon juice, a splash of cocoa powder (you can add a little of this to the soup as well for a richer taste), and nutmeg, and place a dollop of the mixture on top of the soup along with a few sprigs of parsley. Break the crispy bacon pieces over the sour cream, and enjoy the pumpkin soup with a salad or whole wheat focaccia.:)