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Thanksgiving Idea: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Fall is the time for exploiting all the wonderful flavors of squash and pumpkins, and — pumpkin pie aside of course — no dish better uses this flavor succulence than soup. It can be very astonishing to enjoy a great bowl of soup. A great bowl, that is. Most of us associate soup with red-and-white…

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Avocado Soup with Lime Cream and Seared Chipotle Shrimp

Today’s cookbook review, on a separate post, is for Mr. & Mrs. Sunday’s Suppers by Lorraine Wallace. It’s a book filled with dinner ideas for any day of the week, although personally I think these are Saturday and Sunday night meals. The recipes have a little complexity in many cases and very often a surprise.…

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Creamy Pimento Soup with Grilled Pimento Cheese Croutons from Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook

No, it’s not tomato soup. It’s pimento soup. Creamy pimento soup. In her book Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook author Perre Coleman Magness serves up a tribute to the sparkling pimento pepper. Often the pimentos appear in recipes for pimento cheese — as they do in this one for the croutons — but there also recipes where the pimento…

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Smoky Black Bean Bisque from My Perfect Pantry by Geoffrey Zakarian

In My Perfect Pantry, Geoffrey Zakarian uses simple pantry elements to forge wonderful, full flavored dishes. He has a list of 50 pantry ingredients that he employs in appetizers, side dishes, main courses and desserts. Here the simple ingredient is black beans. Beans can have a bit of punch on their own, not heat but…

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