Linda’s Pumpkin Soup

Linda is my little sister.
I guess since I am now 52, I shouldn’t call her my “little” sister anymore.
Regardless, that is what she is to me and by the time Linda was born, Mom and Dad already had four other children aged 5, 8, 9 and 10 and lots of family photos had been taken.  Mom and Dad were busy with their five children so I guess they weren’t pulling out the camera very often after 1966.  It has been the source of endless jokes in our family.  My brothers teased Linda with a vengeance, as brothers can do, about the lack of photos with all five of us.  She was adopted.  We found her on the porch.  She really belongs to Mrs. McGilicudy (the made-up-name for our scary old lady neighbor).
It couldn’t have been easy to be the youngest of five rambunctious children.

Obviously, there were SOME photos of her and she knew that they were teasing her.  But, boys will be boys and little girls can be unsure about life and so it was a fun game they liked to play until she cried, which continued well into her adult life (the game, not the crying).  I can’t help but smile and point out that when I compiled images for my initial posts in My Story, someone was noticeably missing from my photos.

 I feel it necessary to confirm that Linda, also known in years gone by as Boo, is indeed one of my siblings, she was born into our family, and we all love her dearly.

The Flick Five - about 1970

The Flick Five

But I can’t confirm that I was always thrilled to be photographed with her.

Linda and Me - about 1969

Grumpy Me and Happy Linda

Who am I kidding?  I really just wanted to document my amazing and diverse fashion sense.  I wish I had that plaid jumper and flowered skirt today.  Things have not changed much in some areas.  I could still dress like  Austin Powers one day and Frida Kahlo the next.

As mentioned in My Story…Part 3, we did not grow up cooking.
Linda sailed through high school, college and young adult life focusing on all kinds of wonderful pursuits, none of which was cooking.  Then in her 30’s, she decided it was time.  She showed up to Thanksgiving and declared she had made something to share.  We were afraid…oh so afraid.
This was my little sister who thought opening a can of soup was cooking.  Knowing what our minds were thinking, she said, “No really.  My friend Michael gave me this great recipe for Pumpkin Soup and it is really easy and really good.”
Being the supportive sister that I try but don’t always manage to be, I fake smiled and agreed to serve it to everyone as a starter.

Lo, and behold.  It was delicious.
I have made this soup dozens of times and been asked for the recipe equally as many times.  It IS easy, It IS good, and Linda’s Pumpkin Soup is a Fall family favorite.

Thank you Boo.

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“A sister smiles when one tells one’s stories – for she knows where the decoration has been added.”
-Chris Montaigne

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Linda’s Pumpkin Soup

1/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp (or more) curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 to 1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1-3/4 cups pumpkin (14 oz.)
1 cup 1/2 & 1/2
creme fraiche (or sour cream) and chives for garnish

In a large saucepan, melt butter and saute onion and garlic over med/low heat until soft (about 3-5 minutes).  Take care not to burn the garlic!
Add curry, salt, coriander and red pepper flakes.  Cook 1 minute.
Add chicken broth and boil gently uncovered 15-20 minutes.
Stir in pumpkin, add 1/2 & 1/2 and cook 5 minutes.
Pour into blender and blend until smooth.
Return to pot to heat through.
Serve sprinkled with chopped chives and a dollop of creme fraiche.

Note:  A super-fun treat, especially for kids, is to serve this in a pumpkin.  Scrape clean a pumpkin and fill it with the warm soup.  Put the pumpkin on a baking sheet in the oven and heat at 325 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

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15 comments

  1. Fabulous story, Cynthia! Love it!

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    1. Thank you Hollye…soup…pumpkin…hits some of your fall faves 🙂

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  2. Laura Macker Johnston · · Reply

    Hysterical! Thanks for the laugh AND the recipe! xo LMJ

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    1. Thanks Laura! xo

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  3. Julie Flick Wickham · · Reply

    Great memories! Poor Boo she really did get a lot of kidding. This soup is sooooo good – I make it all the time and always remember her making it for Thanksgiving at your house so many years ago.

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    1. Love the photo of the 5 of us on the Asbury steps!

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  4. Shari Flick · · Reply

    Great photos that I’ve never seen before. And I’m so happy to finally get this recipe!

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  5. Maili Halme · · Reply

    SO DELICIOUS!! I’m about to share it with everyone!

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    1. Thanks Maili!!!! xo

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    2. And thanks for reminding me about the goat cheese. This soup is delicious on it’s own, but for a more substantial offering, you can add all kinds of things! I like to add shrimp and/or goat cheese. Today I had it for lunch with big chunks of baked sweet potato, goat cheese and chives. So good!!!

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  6. Barbara Dubbels · · Reply

    🙂 Thank you for sharing this one! I can’t wait to make it.
    YUM!

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  7. I’m going to try it. Thanks for the recipe; I hope it is as good as the story 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

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  8. Holly Western · · Reply

    Hi Cynthia! Just made it tonight and the family loved it.! It will be a staple for sure! So easy and soooo good!
    Fun fun blog…thanks for sharing. I hope all is well with you. Love to you and the family

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    1. Thanks Holly. So glad you liked it! xo

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