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Date:    Thu, 29 Dec 94 23:14:34 EST
 From:    Cindy_Bloch@transarc.com
 Winter Squash Soup with Cinnamon and Cloves
 adapted from The Savory Way
 2 lbs. dense winter squash such as butternut (we used pumpkin)
 12 corriander seeds
 12 peppercorns
 2C fatfree soymilk (we used the Westbrae WestSoy)
 1 3inch cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
 8 cloves
 1 jalapeno pepper or 2 small dried red chilies, seeds removed
 1 onion, finely diced
 2 t each finely chopped mint and cilantro for garnish (we skipped this)
 Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds.  Cook the squash (We
 put it in the microwave, but she recommends baking it at 375 for 30-45
 minutes.  We were afraid it'd dry out too much that way.)  When the
 squash is cooked and cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh.
 While the squash is baking, make an infusion with the herbs and milk:
 first lightly crush the corriander seeds and peppercorns; then put
 them in a saucepan with the milk, cinnamon, cloves, and chilies.  Heat
 the mixture slowly, but turn off the heat just before the milk comes
 to a boil  Let it stand until needed.
 Saute the onions in water until they begin to soften.  Add the squash
 and 1 qt. water.  Bring to a boil; then lower the heat and simmer
 until the squash is broken up, about 25 minutes.
 Pass the soup through a food mill or blen it briefly, leaving as much
 texture as you like.  Return the soup to the stove and add the milk,
 pouring it through a strainer.  Try to press on the spices as you do,
 to get as much flavor into the soup as you can.  Gently reheat the
 soup, but do not allow it to boil.  Serve garnished with cilantro and
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