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Archive for October 29, 2011

TIP OF THE DAY: Serve Pumpkin Soup In A Pumpkin Tureen

You can buy a ceramic pumpkin tureen for the holiday season.

Or, you can make one out of a real pumpkin, and have pumpkin soup to boot.

  • Select a handsome pumpkin of a size that suits your needs. Wash the pumpkin.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the “lid” off of the pumpkin.
  • Scoop the flesh out with an ice cream scoop. Scoop the flesh from the lid as well.
  • Toss the membrane; save the seeds to toast as a soup garnish.
  • Make soup from the flesh (recipes below).
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    If you’re making the soup in advance, you can keep the tureen in the fridge or a cool spot. We’d love to save and re-use the tureen, but we’ve never had enough freezer space to see how it freezes. If you do, wash the pumpkin tureen after you’ve served the soup, let it dry, freeze it and please let us know how it goes!

     

    Serve soup from a real pumpkin tureen. Photo by G.M. Vozd | IST.

     

    Decorate Your Tureen
    The most breathtaking pumpkin tureen we’ve seen is on the website Phoo-d. The rim is circled with fresh flowers. If you have the time and energy—or simply want to see a beautiful photo—take a look.

    Pumpkin Soup Recipes

  • Recipe #1: Pumpkin soup with chicken stock and milk
  • Recipe #2: Pumpkin soup with chicken stock, half-and-half and cocoa croutons
  • Recipe #3: Pumpkin soup with anise and Pernod-flavored cream cheese “sorbet”
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    RECIPE: Try The White House Recipe For Honey Cupcakes

    Dress up a plain white cupcake for
    Halloween. Photo courtesy McCormick.com.

     

    Given the focus on fitness at the White House, does the First Family participate in the national cupcake craze?

    A White House Garden Cookbook—which includes a collection of recipes and gardening tips from First Families—features a recipe for honey cupcakes enjoyed by the Obamas.

    With less sugar and fat—better-for-you honey is substituted for most of the sugar—this recipe, when baked at the White House, uses honey gathered from the Executive Bee Hive at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But if you’re not connected to Charlie Brandt (the White House beekeeper) or Michelle Obama, the honey in your cupboard works just fine.

    You can make these cupcakes for Halloween, decorating with candy corn, orange sprinkles or other seasonal decorations.

     

    WHITE HOUSE HONEY CUPCAKES

    Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, left out on the counter for approximately 1 hour to soften
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional decorations
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    Icing Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
     

    Cupcake Preparation

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

    2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer on high speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. On medium speed, mix in the honey, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended.

    3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. On medium speed, mix into the batter until just blended. Scoop the batter evenly into the lined muffin cups.

    4. Bake about 20 minutes. Cupcakes are done when the tops spring back lightly to the touch or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    Icing Preparation

    1. Place the icing ingredients in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, whisk the ingredients until the sugar and honey dissolve together. Keep whisking to avoid clumps.

    2. Using a spoon, drizzle icing over the tops of the cupcakes, or carefully pour over the cupcakes. Decorate as desired.

      

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