Remove the soup from the heat. Discard the tied herbs. Puree the soup in a food processor. Strain. Return the soup to medium heat. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low.
Heat the carrot strips and the orange juice in a non-stick pan over medium heat. When hot, add to the soup. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Pour equal portions of the soup into 8 warm soup plates and sprinkle toasted pumpkin seeds over each. Serve immediately.
"The Trellis Cookbook" by Marcel Desaulniers
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup raisins, chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 1 1/2 inch muffin tins. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. Blend in the pumpkin. Sift the flour with the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add alternately with the milk. Do not overmix. Fold in the nuts and raisins. Fill the greased muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for 25 minutes
Makes 6 dozen.
Note: muffins can be frozen and reheated.
Courtesy Chef Linwood Blizzard, executive chef of Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Taverns.
Tavern Sweet Potatoes
This Thanksgiving dish can be prepared a couple of days in advance and baked on Thanksgiving Day.
3 pounds sweet potatoes
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a large pot, place sweet potatoes and cover with cold water. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until tender, about 45 minutes. Cool, peel and mash the cooked sweet potatoes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and butter a two-quart casserole dish. Reserve two tablespoons of brown sugar for the topping. Combine remaining sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and milk. Stir in the mashed sweet potatoes and season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Transfer mixture to casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining brown sugar. Bake until potatoes are hot and the sugar has slightly caramelized, about 20 to 30 minutes.
"The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook"
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
3 pounds all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large head garlic
5 tablespoons heavy or whipping cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Salt, to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley, for garnish
Place the potatoes in a large sauce pan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and cook until tender, 20 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, peel the paper-like outer skin off the garlic and separate the cloves. Place them in a sauce pan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the garlic is very soft, 15 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.
Drain the potatoes and return them to the sauce pan. Shake over medium heat to remove the remaining moisture, 10 to 15 seconds. Set the potatoes aside.
Slip the skins off the garlic, and combine the garlic cloves and the cream in a food processor. Puree.
Transfer the potatoes to the bowl of an electric mixer and add the pureed garlic, butter, egg yolk, pepper and salt. Beat until just smooth. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
"The New Basics Cookbook," by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins
Kale with Crispy Garlic
Coarse or kosher salt
3 pounds kale, stems removed, leaves torn into bite-size pieces
1/3 cup olive oil
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Add the kale and cook over moderately high heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain, refresh in a bowl of ice water and drain again thoroughly. (Kale can be prepared to this point up to 1 day ahead; cover and refrigerate.)
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and cook over moderately low heat until light golden, about 8 minutes; don't let the garlic get too dark, or it will be bitter. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the garlic to paper towels and let stand for up to 5 hours. Reserve the oil in the skillet.
Just before serving, rewarm the garlic oil. Add the kale, season with salt and pepper, and cook over moderately high heat until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and two-thirds of the crisp garlic. Transfer to a warmed platter and sprinkle the remaining garlic on the top.
Food and Wine magazine
Spinach and Artichoke Casserole
Three 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach
One 8-ounce package cream cheese
1/2 cup margarine
Two 8 1/2 cans artichoke hearts, drained, or frozen equivalent
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
Cook chopped spinach. Drain well. Mix with cream cheese and margarine while hot. Season to taste. Place layer of spinach in two-quart casserole, then layer of artichokes. Repeat. Cover with bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. May be prepared early in the day and refrigerated or frozen.
Serves 6 to 8.
River Road Recipes II, published by The Junior League of Baton Rouge, La.
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