Thursday, November 13, 2008

Back To ThanksGiving: Play Games Feed The Hungry

Oops! My bad. We apparently skipped Thanksgiving and jumped to Christmas posts. Backstroke! It is one of our favorite holidays but, of course, with the single mom issue these last few years we might be missing the prince for dinner. It was to be expected. We shall do the best we can.

This Thanksgiving we are working with our single moms ministry at church and making sure everyone has a great meal for the family. It just breaks my heart. The invitation has also been extended to join our family if the situation requires it.

In any case, we thought it would be appropriate to place a link to Greg's article he wrote for Associated Content. The article, Free Rice, will show you how to test your vocabulary in a few subjects such as art, chemistry and English and donate 20 grains of rice for every correct answer. It costs you nothing and you help feed starving children in the world.

And here's one of our favorite recipes to enjoy at your table this season.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup:
2 C. finely chopped onions
1/2 C. finely chopped celery
1/2 C. butter
3 (14oz.) cans of chicken broth
2 C. pumpkin puree
1 can of evaporated milk
1/4 C. grated Parmesan
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan or stockpot, very lightly saute onions and celery in 1/4 cup of butter. Cook until onions begin to look translucent. Add broth, pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, Parmesan, spices and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper if needed. Stir in remaining butter. Pour hot soup into the prepared pumpkin shell. Top with grated Parmesan and chopped fresh chives.

We shall post the pumpkin shell recipe soon. Enjoy and visit Come and Dine for more recipes.

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