My family isn't really big into the scary Halloween stuff. We've always done more of a harvest celebration. As the kids have gotten older, we stopped going to the harvest festivals and they are now Trick or Treating. This year I am going with them to "chaperone" and make sure they don't get into any trouble... LOL.
One tradition that we do keep is Pumpkin soup on Halloween. This started waaaaaaay back in my mom's kitchen. I remember we got the recipe from the "frugal gourmet". I don't think my recipe is anything like the original one. I normally don't even pull out the recipe book anymore, I just start throwing stuff in the pot... LOL. The hardest part about making this recipe is peeling the pumpkin. But... even with the cutting, peeling and chopping, this soup was done and ready to eat in 1 1/2 hours. (sorry that the pics aren't so great... I took them with my phone... LOL)
1 small pumpkin peeled and chopped (approximately 6 cups)
6 peeled and diced medium potatoes (approximately 4 cups)
1/2 onion chopped
1 teaspoon of minced garlic (we used a teaspoon of our homemade roasted garlic)
Ham bone and approximately 3 cups diced ham
1/2 cube butter
1 can chicken broth plus an equal amount of water
Place the chopped onion, butter, garlic, ham and ham bone in a large pot on medium heat.
Begin peeling and chopping the potato and pumpkin, throw into pot as you go. Make sure that you stir the pot every once in a while as you are peeling and chopping.
Add the chicken broth and water and let boil but stir periodically. Remove the bone approximately 1 hour into the process and continue to let the soup boil. At 1.5 hours, use a potato masher to break up any large pieces left.
Serve hot with Sourdough baguette!
Hope you enjoy!!!