Good Food - Pumpkin Sweet Potato Spicy Love...

It's winter and that means soup! Which is great because I love soup...I mean it's good food right? Here is my favorite version of the classic "Pumpkin Soup".ENJOY!

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup onion, chopped 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 (14 oz.) cans of low sodium chicken broth 1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin 1 cup 1% milk 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

DIRECTIONS 1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté onion for 3-4 minutes then add flour, curry, garlic, cumin and nutmeg and sauté for 1 minute.

  1. Add sweet potato, salt, chicken broth and pumpkin and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered for about 20-25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are cooked through and softened. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes to cool.

  2. Place half of the pumpkin mixture in a blender and process until smooth. Using a strainer, pour soup back into pan. Repeat with rest of soup.

  3. Raise heat to medium then stir in milk and cook for 5 minutes or until soup is heated through.

  4. Remove from heat and add lime juice.

NUTRITION INFO Calories: 160.3 Fat: 4.3 g Carbohydrates: 21.6 g Protein: 10.3 g


Provincetown Memories & Portuguese Kale Soup

Anyone who knows me well knows I love food, coffee and cigarettes. They also know I happily spent my childhood summers in Provincetown MA. Provincetown is known for many things: it's dunes, Norman Mailer,  its arts, its gay population and its Portuguese fishermen.Because of these summers I have a never-ending love for love all things drag,  American "new journalists" with ego issues and Portuguese Kale Soup!

This yummy soup is even better the next day with a chunk of Portuguese sweet bread on the side. ENJOY!

1.5 lbs fresh kale 1 large yellow onion 3 potatoes, peeled 2 chourico or linguica of mix, sliced 8 cups pork broth 1/4 cup Olive Oil 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 1 can Cannelloni beans 1 bay leaf 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 hot pepper 1/3 teaspoon paprika & salt & pepper to taste

Slice chourico or linguica and saute in 1/4 cup of olive oil, onion, and chopped garlic. Do not allow garlic to brown, so add last. Add broth and simmer for 10 minutes.

Season with salt, & pepper to taste

Prepare the kale by rinsing thoroughly and tearing the leafy portions from the stems. Tear into bite-size pieces. Discard stems.

Add potatoes, kale, and simmer additional 30 minutes.

Add beans in last 10 minutes (if canned).

Serve with Portuguese sweet bread or rolls

Serves 4

NEXT WEDNESDAY:  Chocolate Madness!