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pumpkin-stuffed-rice-chestnuts recipe

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 05:32:44 -0800
From: Jan Gordon (jrg14@cornell.edu)

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Stuffed w/Rice and Chestnuts

Adapted from _The High Road to Health_, Wagner and Spade

1 medium pumpkin (12 to 14 inches in diameter)
2 Tablespoons maple syrup or barley malt syrup
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 cup water
1/2 pound fresh chestnuts
1/4 cup unsulfured raisins
1 medium red apple, chopped
1/4 cup diced celery
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ears corn kernals cut off cob
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 pound firm Chinese tofu, diced and drained
1/4 teaspoon mace
3 tablespoons Braggs Aminos or mild soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
parsley springs to garnish

1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Wash pumpkin and cut off the top, use large
spoon to scoop out strings and seeds.  Mix syrup and soy sauce and
spread evenly over insides of pumpkin.  Place 1 cup water in the
bottom of large baking pan, place top back on pumpkin and place
pumpkin in baking pan, cover with foil.  Bake for 20 minutes or until
pumpkin is just starting to become tender.

2.  Meanwhile, prepare the chestnuts by cutting off the shells using a
sharp knife.  The chestnuts will have a soft brown skin under the
shell.  Steam the nuts for about 15 minutes, or until they are tender.
Rinse them in cool water and slip off the brown skins.  Chop chestnuts

3.  Combine chestnuts with raisins, apple, celery, onions, corn, green
pepper, and brown rice, mix well

4.  Heat some water in medium skillet.  Add tofu and enough paprika to
give it a pleasing color and cook over high heat for 3 minutes,
stirring constantly.  Combine the tofu with rice mixture, mace, Braggs
Aminos, and cinnamon and mix until well blended.  Fill the pumpkin
with this mixture, replace top.  place it in baking dish with 1/4 inch
water in bottom.  Bake for 45 minutes, serve on large platter
garnished with parsley, raw cranberries, and orange slices.

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