You may have noted that your “Fearless Leader” has vacated the Club House…Yes, the Cooking Class took all I had. I guess it must have been the cleaning that led up to the big event! GRIN Well, I had blog posts living in my head, but I was so wound up in living my bliss that blogging just did not happen.
It isn’t that I was lying in bed, eating bon bons and reading trashy novels. No, no. I have been working on my Spanish, learning how to knit-make that learning how NOT to knit-and I’ve written letters, listened to music and danced like a teen aged kid. I have been using a mini-trampoline since we gave up the paper route and I have been cooking and doing laundry. Nothing of note and yet it has all been deeply satisfying. I feel productive, despite the lack of posting here.
There are a couple of things that brought Mother Connie back TODAY. First, Lili sent a blog post of her own that made me sit up and notice, so I begged her for permission to share it. The other thing is that one of my granddaughters posted something on Facebook that had to do with recipients of SNAP or WIC and how they are so harshly judged AND how wrong she thinks that is.
Judgmental attitudes such as these are the reasons why this blog exists. So here goes and oh, how I hope this helps you and yours:
LILI’S PUMPKIN SOUP - with our sincere gratitude
5 to 6 servings
1 tablespoon any cooking oil
1 large onion, sliced thin, rough chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Flesh of one roasted 2# sugar pie pumpkin OR 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
6 cups water and/or stock *Chicken stock preferred, but ham stock’s nice and water’s fine.
Dash red pepper flakes
1 large russet potato, peeled & diced into 1/2″ pieces
1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
1 cup diced ham
salt to taste *Depends on whether your stock is already salted.
1 shallot, finely minced
Heat a large stockpot of medium. Add oil and onion. Saute onion til golden, add minced garlic and cook 1 minute
Add pumpkin, 4 cups of stock and/or water and the red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
After cooking — if your pumpkin is not pureed *I roasted mine in he morning, scraped the flesh from the skin upon cooking the soup* then mash well with a potato masher.
Add diced potato and 2 remaining cups of stock or water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes more, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. Mash or blend the potatoes into the soup.
Add chicken, ham, nutmeg, and salt to taste. Heat until the meats are warm. Stir in minced shallots and serve.
I’ve made this with just chicken, just ham, no meat whatsoever and with both meats. The consensus is that it is best tasting with both meats. *MOTHER CONNIE HERE: People who use SNAP don’t always HAVE meat! Lili continues: I prefer using a fresh pumpkin over canned. Home cooked pumpkin has a prettier color and lighter flavor than canned. for liquid, I prefer half chicken stock and half water. This soup is also delicious when made with squash in lieu of the pumpkin. Butternut squash is my favorite. One other bonus: the leftovers freeze very well. I freeze soup in single size portions, for my weekday lunches.
If you like this recipe, my name is Lili and I’ve been happy to provide it for you. Please leave a comment. If you did NOT like this recipe, my name is …um, er…BOB. And I think the comments are malfunctioning today. Yeah. That’s it. The comments are not working so don’t bother leaving one if you don’t like it!”
MOTHER CONNIE AGAIN:
Now you understand, dear Members, why I was moved and motivated to come to the computer and blog once again. I’ll make every effort to be a better advocate for you from now on! Thank you so much, Lili! I hope they leave some love for you and leave “BOB” alone! grin/giggle
If you Members choose to leave some love on the comments section here, I will see so Lili gets your message. Now let’s get some soup going!
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PS/The membership is growing! Each of you is dear to Mother Connie’s heart and it is her sincere hope that this blog, along with our little series of tips is helpful to you and yours! Thanks to all of you!