Thai Pumpkin Soup
I found this recipe on one of the gazillion Web sites featuring pumpkin.
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 shallots, chopped
2 small fresh red chili peppers, chopped (I recommend deseeding)
1 Tbsp. chopped lemongrass (or substitute grated lemon zest)
21/4 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled and diced pumpkin
11/2 cups coconut milk
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
I have always loved Halloween. I love candy, I love being scared, and I love to wear costumes. Growing up in a small community in California, when our family went trick or treating, my brothers and I, all hopped up on sugar, would walk or run door to door and our parents would trail behind in the family station wagon. We knew all of our neighbors, and would end up at the Kuntsles’ house, our Swiss friends who would have an awesome Halloween party with popcorn balls and plenty of games like bobbing for apples.