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Pumpkin Carving Party Activities (page 2)

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What You Do:

  1. Peel the squash, scoop out the center, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Heat the oil and butter in a large pot, and add the onions. Cook for about 5 minutes and add the curry seasoning and salt. Stir, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the onions are soft and translucent.

  2. Add the squash cubes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 20-30 minutes.

  3. Carefully ladle about half the soup into a blender and puree. Repeat until all the soup has been pureed.

  4. Return the puree to the pot and stir in one cup of the half-and-half. If you want a thinner soup (good for spoonless sipping), add the remaining half-and-half. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

Apple and Cheddar Panini

Makes 8 sandwiches

What You Need:

  • 1 Granny Smith or other tart apple

  • 1 loaf of sourdough sliced sandwich bread

  • ½ pound sharp white cheddar cheese thinly sliced. Note: depending on the age and palates of the kids, you may want to make one batch with sharp white cheese and a more kid-friendly batch with a milder orange cheddar.

What You Do:

  1. Preheat your panini maker.

  2. Core and peel the apple, and slice the apple in half. Using a serrated knife (bread knife) take each half and cut very thin slices.

  3. Place eight slices of bread down. Arrange the cheese slices on the bread, and then fan out 4-5 apple slices on top of the cheese.

  4. Top each sandwich with a second piece of bread and place 2-3 sandwiches in the panini maker. Follow cooking instructions for your panini maker and repeat until all the sandwiches have been grilled.

Petite Pumpkin Tarts

Note: You will need 14 mini tart pans (with a two inch diameter) for this dessert.

Makes 14 tarts. You will have leftover filling and dough that can be refrigerated for a couple days if you would like to make more mini tarts on Halloween.

What You Need For The Tart Dough:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (very cold)

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 egg

What You Do:

  1. Dice the butter into one-inch squares and return to the refrigerator to keep cold.

  2. Place the flour, sugar and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.

  3. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles large bread crumbs. Add the egg and process until the mixture starts to come together.

  4. Empty the contents of the bowl onto a marble slab or clean countertop. The dough will not be fully combined at the point, so work the dough slightly by pressing it down on the slab with your hands until there are no more crumbs. Gather the dough together.

  5. Divide the dough in half. Flatten the dough into two disks. You will use one disk immediately (see directions below). The other disk can be covered in plastic wrap and refrigerated for later use.

What You Need For the Pumpkin Filling:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup heavy cream

Updated on Sep 30, 2013
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