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    When I asked Anne Shadle at the Mayan Café if she could share an autumn recipe, preferably featuring pumpkin, with Louisville.com readers, it was right up her alley. The restaurant’s current monthly specials all feature pumpkin as a seasonal ingredient. What’s more, pumpkin is used often in Mayan cooking all year around. You will often see pumpkin seeds or pumpkin oil in a variety of dishes there, because they are “celebrating the pumpkin all year long.” This month, the salad special includes pickled pumpkin and an entrée special combines pumpkin seeds with spaghetti squash.

    Anne shared this soup recipe, which features the creaminess of roasted pumpkin and poblanos, and is appropriate for even novice cooks. Enjoy!

    MAYAN CAFE'S PUMPKIN SOUP

    Serves 4 people

    INGREDIENTS

    1 small pumpkin

    2 roasted poblano peppers

    1 tbsp canola oil

    1 tbsp garlic

    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

    2 tbsp vegetable base

    1/4 cup sorghum

    salt to taste

    pinch of cinnamon

    PREPARATION

    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

    Peel pumpkin (use potato peeler to remove pumpkin skin), and cut into quarters.

    Put pumpkin on a baking pan, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 min to 1 hour.

    Roast the peppers over flame (need a gas stove) until they look burned.

    Cut peppers in half and remove seeds.

    After the pumpkin is cooked, put it in a blender with the peppers.

    Blend until pumpkin and peppers are soft.

    In a sauce pan, put a tablespoon of canola oil and add garlic. 

    Saute garlic until brown.

    Add the cream, veggie base, salt, sorghum, cinnamon and pureed pumpkin-peppers.

    Simmer for 20 minutes. 

    Optional: Garnish with cheese or serve with bread.

    The Mayan Café is located at 813 East Market Street. Call 566-0651 for reservations for lunch or dinner.

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    A transplanted Hawkeye, I've now lived in Louisville longer than any other city. Can't live without: my husband and fur babies, coal-black coffee, peanut M&Ms, sunflowers, monthly vacations, books, walking paths, massage and a big purse.

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