October 17, 2009

Company coming? It's time for the Magic Pumpkin!

This weekend we welcomed lots of wonderful company into our home. I knew they'd be here in time for dinner so I had made a yummy pot roast, but...
as we waited for their arrival, the phone rang and they announced that they had made wonderful time and would be to our wooded hamlet in time for LUNCH!!!!!

After a few moments of scrambling, flailing and picking up all the things Bear had most recently strewn about the floor, I found the pumpkins I had been collecting from our C.S.A.

Hmmm? Maybe?
I suddenly had inspiration: Pumpkin Cheese Soup!
YES, YES! That would be perfect!!

Say you're name is Cinderella and you're in a mealtime pinch too, just grab that carriage pumpkin of yours and try your own kind of magic on it...

First, find some carving to
ols. Bear would suggest a spoon and a hammer. I suggest a spoon and a knife.

Carve the top of the pumpkin off with a knife. This really will work best no matter what Bear insists about his hammer being able to do the job. Remove the seeds and save to roast later.

Now for the ingredients to add:

1 1/2 C chicken stock
1 pint light cream
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder

In order for it to be, well Pumpkin CHEESE Soup, add the cheese. I used 1 bag of white cheddar and 1 bag of yellow cheddar.

Stir it up, put the lid back on the pumpkin and set the whole thing on a jelly roll pan (to catch any potential spills). Bake for 1 hour at 350*

After an hour, pull it out of the oven, scrape down some of the pumpkin sides into the soup and stir it up gently. Remember not to scrape too much off the bottom of the pumpkin. Check the flavor and add any needed seasoning.
You could leave it in this state or do one of 2 things:
ladle it into your food processor, puree and then add back into the pumpkin or do what I did and use your immersion blender. Just be careful that the wand does not puncture the skin of the pumpkin.

top with a little nutmeg and then set the lunch table: I was able to serve 6 adults with about 3 cups leftover.

Sheer Magic!
and you have plenty of time left to enjoy your company
or head out to the Ball; if there weren't still that annoying issue of having baked your transportation.


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