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Pumpkin Spice Soup Perfect for the Holidays & Colder Winter Months

With the holidays on the horizon, you may be turning to recipes that add a a dose of comfort and soul to the end of your work day. Look no further than this calming pumpkin spice soup that is absolutely perfect as a solo side dish this fall and winter that’s also always a hit with friends and family and that can be gussied up to serve as a filling entree. It’s a soup for all seasons! Perhaps my favorite aspect of this incredibly easy dish is that you can be adventurous with it. And, most likely, you have all the ingredients already in your pantry and fridge.

While “pumpkin spice” has become something of a cliché, it’s done so for good reason. People love it. The curry and white pepper add an authentic zest and flavor to this creamy pumpkin soup. You can also spice it up for a more piquant depth of flavor with turmeric or cumin. I’ve also occasionally added some Italian seasoning or sage or basil from the garden. Feel free to experiment or keep the soup as written. Switch out the chicken stock with chicken bone broth for an added boost of collagen, or if you do not have evaporated milk on hand use heavy cream, half & half, or for more of an Indian vibe go with a can of coconut milk. Top with julienned basil or chopped cilantro, toasted pine nuts, a drizzle of chili oil or a lovely arbequina olive oil. Or nothing at all! With this soup you cannot go wrong! And if you’re thinking of additions to make this soup more of an entree than an appetizer, I suggest adding shredded chicken, corn, or potatoes.

Although we will not be entertaining large groups this holiday season, this soulful pumpkin spice soup is sure to delight you and your bubble as 2020 comes to a close. Enjoy!

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A Taste of East LA Meets Napa

Another year, another amazing AltaMed’s East LA Meets Napa food and wine festival. What sets the annual downtown Los Angeles apart this year is the vast and growing need for support AltaMed provides. The spate of current events have left many people in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and around the country, feeling vulnerable, fearful to seek medical treatment and other services they made need. That makes AltaMed, who presents the festival, more vital than ever. The always sold-out event draws 2,000+ people annually and proceeds benefit AltaMed’s initiatives and services that create access to health and dental care, senior and HIV services, teen mentoring programs, and more to undeserved families in Southern California. It’s an excellent way to eat amazing food, drink spectacular wine, and support a great and necessary local cause. It’s an event you won’t want to miss in 2020.

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Inside East LA Meets Napa: Los Angeles’s Best Food & Wine Festival

After arousing suspicions for the past several years, it may be safe to call it: East LA Meets Napa Food & Wine Festival is the best food and wine festival in Los Angeles. At no other festival is there more food, more wine, music, and dancing than at AltaMed’s annual downtown Los Angeles bash. Find your new favorite bottle of wine and where you should book your next dinner reservation inside.

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Nancy Silverton’s Chopped Salad Goes National – Recipe

Nancy Silverton Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images for NYCWFF

If you’ve ever been to Pizzeria Mozza, chances are on your way to those delicious pizzas you started with “Nancy’s Chopped Salad.” Nancy Silverton’s chopped salad has been a staple on her world famous restaurant’s menu for decades. In her cookbook from 2011, The Mozza Cookbook, she notes that she’s been perfecting the chopped salad since the 1970s, and you better believe the version from her Melrose outpost is near perfect. Silverton has now partnered with upscale salad chain Sweetgreen to serve her salad in stores nationwide.

Along with the Sweetgreen collaboration, Silverton is also embarking on another new venture: the opening of her newest establishment, Triple Beam Pizza in Highland Park.

Perhaps the only Los Angeles salad that rivals Nancy’s in terms of renown is Wolfgang Puck’s Cobb Salad from Spago. Of course, Silverton’s famous chopped salad is no secret. You can make the salad at home with her cookbook’s recipe! The original recipe has a little bit of everything—radicchio, chickpeas, pepperoncini, provolone, and salami. And the vinaigrette is simple, refined, and the sort you’ll be dressing all of your salads with in the future.

Behold, Nancy Silverton’s chopped salad recipe!

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