6 Littleneck clams
4 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and ginger, stirring about 3-4 minutes until the shallots are tender. Add the remaining ingredients (except for shrimp, clams and cilantro).
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add the shrimp and cilantro during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Cook until shrimp are pink and opaque.
3. Add clams into the chowder and cover the pot so the clams cook and open up inside the pot. Any clams that do not open should be thrown out.
4. Serve the chowder hot and garnish with fresh cilantro, pumpkin seed oil, and Thai sweet chili sauce.
1 (2 to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cups chicken stock
Nutmeg, salt, and freshly ground black pepper
Roasted pumpkin seeds for garnish
1. Cut butternut squash into 1-inch chunks.
2. In a large pot, melt the butter. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes Add squash and stock.
3. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
4. Remove squash chunks with slotted spoon, place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot.
5. Stir and season with desired amount of nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
6. Serve in mini carved-out pumpkins and top with roasted pumpkin seeds
Sweet Pumpkin Recipes
Jumbo Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons molasses
2½ cups all-purpose flour
2¼ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cloves
1½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground allspice
2/3 cup granulated or coarse sugar
1. In large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg and molasses. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours.
2. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper.
3. Place granulated sugar in small bowl.
4. Shape dough into 2-inch balls; roll in sugar.
5. On cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until set and soft in center.
6. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
Using your favorite brand of pumpkin ice cream, spoon 3 Tablespoons of ice cream onto one gingerbread cookie and top with another gingerbread cookie. Roll edges in cinnamon sugar sprinkles for added sweetness!
To make pumpkin mousse:
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 cups heavy cream
¾ cup superfine sugar
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Combine pumpkin, 1 cup cream, sugar, and spice in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Cool fully. Whip remaining heavy cream and vanilla to soft peaks and fold into cooled pumpkin mixture; set aside.
To make homemade cinnamon whipped cream:
2 cups heavy cream, cold
¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, using a mixer set on medium-high speed, beat the cream, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat. Set aside.
To assemble trifles:
Crumbled pie crust
1. Spoon pumpkin mousse into a pastry bag, and then spoon cinnamon whipped cream into a separate pastry bag.
2. Fill the bottoms of your serving glasses with candied pecans.
3. Pipe pumpkin mousse on top, then whipped cream, then pumpkin mousse, and finish with whipped cream.
4. Garnish with crumbled pie crust.
Entrepreneur and celebrity caterer Andrea Correale is president and founder of Elegant Affairs Caterers, a catering and event planning company that serves New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Correale also works as a food and entertaining contributor for prominent outlets such as Hamptons Magazine and was named the entertaining expert for L’Oreal Paris Academy, Ehow.com, Sam’s Club, Celebrations.com, and a subsidiary of 1-800 Flowers. Most recently, Correale was announced the Home Entertaining Expert for Lenox’s new campaign, Lenox Where Entertaining Is @. During her career, Correale has worked with celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, L.A. Reid, Donald Trump, and more.
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