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Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

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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The Best Events & Things to Do This November in Los Angeles (2019)

Just as October ends and you think it is safe to stay home for an evening, November in Los Angeles rolls around and it appears to be just as full of amazing events and things to do as last month’s Halloween-fueled and festivity-filled month. There’s Friday Night Jazz at LACMA, Structure Exhibition at Neutra Museum, Coco Live, the L.A. Coffee Festival, the Burbank Wine Walk, and no shortage of Thanksgiving and fall celebrations. Read on for the best events and things to do in Los Angeles this November!

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The Best Places in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving Dinner to Go

During Thanksgiving, even if you love to cook, sometimes you would rather spend more quality time with family and friends than in the kitchen, stressing over the internal temperature of the bird in the oven. Other times the idea of the pile of post-meal dishes feels simply like too much work. If ever there was a year to hang up the apron and pick up the phone to order a Thanksgiving feast, 2018 would be it. This year, why not celebrate the holiday in the comfort of your own home without spending all day preparing, slicing, and mixing? All of the restaurants and stores below offer holiday meals for any size party at a wide variety of price points. All you’ll have to do is heat and serve.

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Skip the Dishes this Thanksgiving. Eat Out. You Deserve It.

This Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, you may feel the need to get out of the house, leave your dishes clean and in their cabinets, cut the cooking stress, and go to a restaurant to be wined and dined. Go for it! You deserve it! Spend the day ice skating at Pershing Square, or hiking up to the Griffith Observatory, strolling through Descanso Gardens or catching one of Oscar season’s big films. Then check your coat and check into one of these fabulous LA restaurants for a Thanksgiving dinner to remember.

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