Pumpkin Mania

Savory Pumpkin Soup

Savory Pumpkin Soup

Hello everyone, and welcome to National Pumpkin Day!  Yes, that’s right.  Today, October 26, 2014, is the day to welcome pumpkins.  As if we haven’t seen them on every doorstep for the last month. I think we could say we are in Pumpkin Mania.  As a matter of fact, I just saw a recipe for Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese… not kidding!  But then these little orange rounds…actually some are gigantic, are in abundance. We see them used in lattes, shakes, ice cream, coffee creamers, puddings, breads, cakes, and not to mention casseroles, raviolis, and of course soups.   As many of you know, I did try my hand at pumpkin soup and posted the recipe. It was my first to experiment with the dish and I made a sweet version.  As I said in my blog, I just couldn’t see onions in pumpkin soup.  I must say since then I have repented.   It all started when one of the doctors at the hospital where I work was craving pumpkin soup. Since she was 9 months pregnant, I just thought someone should step up to the plate and accommodate her.  I did research a few recipes and came up with a sweet version, and I called it Pumpkin Soup with Cinnamon Apple Garnish.  She was very appreciative, and I thought it to be the perfect good deed.   All was well until I stumbled into our local grocery store, you know, one that has sample stations in every isle? And there it was, a cauldron of warm pumpkin soup.  “How about a taste of our soup?” she says.   As she handed me the cup, all smiles and well wishes, I began to sup on this heavenly, earthy, full of herbs, and chunky something dream, that left me standing there savoring the moment.  About to ask for seconds, she hands me a copy of the recipe, and says “We have all you need to make it, right here in the store.”   Now I have two versions of pumpkin soup…the sweet version and the earthy one, not only with onions, but with garlic and fresh herbs to boot.  I did have to make it my own, because I thought a little sweet ginger, and pumpkin pie spice couldn’t hurt.  I must say I too have pumpkin mania!   So, you guys get busy, and make up this savory soup for your family.   Look for it on my recipe board on “other cuisines.” Be sure to email me and let me know what you think.   Happy Cooking, Rosalie