Thursday, September 21, 2006

Off To Find A Market!

Gosh, I hate to see the season come to a close , but "Mr. Winter " will be visiting us soon .......burrrr! Meanwhile, for a few more weeks we can enjoy all the pleasures of autumn. Every season brings new colors and tastes, but now we see the breathtaking displays of mums, choreographed between the rows of basket filled apples and vegetables. It is a great time of the year for a Saturday afternoon drive in search of one of the few remaining markets still opened.......If by chance, you find a great cooking pumpkin, here is a simple, but delicious soup for Sunday night supper.

Harvest Pumpkin Soup with Sage

2 tablespoons of salted butter

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

1/2 cup minced onions

1 teaspoon fresh-rubbed sage, 1/4 teasspoon dried thyme, tad of cayenne & nutmeg

1 15 ounce measured cup of pumpkin, well cooked and mashed

3 cups of vegetable or chicken stock

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 to 1/2 cup whipping or heavy cream

Melt the butter in a large pot and add the onions, garlic and next 4 spices.Cook on medium temperature until translucent. Add pumpkin and stock. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cheese and taste for salt and pepper.. Get out the blender again, puree until smooth. Return to pot and add cream. Garnish with more cheese and fresh sage.

Enjoy your ride this weekend..............


Mimi said...

I think this is the year I finally make pumpkin soup. Thanks for the inspiration.

Katie said...

You are making me feel guilty...I HAVE to go get those d--- pumpkins...wonder if I can borrow the neighbors' draft horse....

Carolyn said...

Love your photographs and will be trying your soup recipes this Autumn.