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Roasted Pumpkin & Pear Soup

16 Sep

This’ll take a couple of hours.

  • 1 pumpkin
  • 1 sweet onion, minced
  • 1-2 T grated ginger
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 pears
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 C broth
  • 2-3 T butter
  • handful of turnips (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450.  Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out stringy bits and seeds.  Peel and seed the pears.  Wash the turnips  If you can fit everything into your oven at once, awesome!  Roast all until tender and a fork meets little to no resistance.  (Close to 45 min for the pumpkin and turnips, 25 min for the pears.)

While everything is cooling, in a soup pot, saute the onions, garlic, and ginger in the butter.

Once it’s cool enough to handle, scoop the pumpkin flesh out of the skin, chop the pears, peel and chop turnips.  Add them, broth, cinnamon, and spices to soup pot.  Let simmer for 20-30 min.

Blend until smooth.  Season to taste.  Enjoy!

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Grilled Corn, Tomato & Black Bean Salad

12 Oct

Based on Bobby Flay’s Corn and Tomato – Sweet Onion Salad with Fresh Basil Dressing and Crumbled Blue Cheese.  I’m not a huge blue cheese fan, and black beans seemed like good addition.

Time: 1hr?

  • 1/4 C rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 C chopped basil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 ears of corn (or whatever you got) roasted in husk.  Give ’em 15min or so on each side at approx 400 F.  Remove kernels as soon as cool enough.
  • 1 vidalia onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 pint mixed tomatoes (whatever kind you got), cut into edible pieces
  • 1 can black beans, drained and minced

Food process vinegar, basil, sugar,  1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper until smooth.

Combine corn, tomatoes, onion and beans.  Toss with dressing.