Monday, September 13, 2010


The LCBO Magazine has done it again! Last night my mom and I whipped up two fantastic recipes from their Fall 2010 edition. The first is the fall pumpkin-corn soup and the second, gnocchi with rapini, pancetta & tomatoes.

Coming off a summer veggies high, I am not quite ready to give up my favourites - like corn. Local Ontario corn is where it's at, and this recipe allows for even more cooking with the delicious sweet corn but with a fall twist. This soup is so warm and comforting, perfect for an autumn night. It has a nice bit of heat to it with the cumin and chili!


- 8 ears of corn, shucked or 4 cups frozen corn kernels
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
- 1/2 tsp seeded and minced fresh hot chili (chili flakes will work as well)
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 4 cups diced, peeled, seeded pumpkin
- 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 tsp finely rated lemon zest
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro

- With a sturdy serrated knife, cut kernels from ears of corn. Set corn kernels aside.
- In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onion, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 5 to 7 minutes or until onion is softened but not brown.
- Add garlic, ginger, chili and cumin; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.
- Add pumpkin to pot, stirring to coat with onion mixture.
- Add stock and half of corn kernels. Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes until pumpkin is very tender.
- In a blender, or hand held mixer, blend soup in batches until smooth
- Stir in remained corn kernels.
- Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or so until corn kernels are tender.
- Stir in lemon zest, juice and cilantro.
- Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
- Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with a sprig of cilantro and a few corn kernels.

Serves 6 - 8


photo credits: my own


  1. Thanks for getting this on the internet so fast, I have all the items to make this and seem to have thrown away the LCBO recipe. I have about twenty other recipes clipped rom Fall 2101 edition but not that one!

  2. oops, dyslexic as well as disorganized. that would be Fall 2010.