Pumpkin Bisque: The cure for Election Stress Disorder

Pumpkin Bisque: The cure for Election Stress Disorder

Here's one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on: We're all going bonkers over the election. It's called Election Stress Disorder. And, yes, it's a real thing.

I feel your pain. That's why I'm recommending a recipe during these troubling times: Pumpkin Bisque.

We all handle stress differently. Some of us drink alcohol. Some of us take anti-anxiety drugs or overload on other substances. Some of us do yoga or get massages. Others just suffer through it.

Me? I cook. And I eat.

The process of chopping fresh ingredients (There's not too many. The recipe is easy.) to make this bisque is calming--like doing mediation.

Plus, the thick, hearty soup is not only good for you, the taste is deliciously comforting, unlike the candidate you don't want to win the election.

This Pumpkin Bisque is just the trick to make you and those you love feel better fast. If you're a Democrat, enjoy it with your Republican friends. If you're a Republican, enjoy it with Democrats.

But whatever you do, don't talk politics while you eat it.

Pumpkin Bisque

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 apple, diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup milk or cream
pepper to salt

1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter and oil. Add onion, carrot and apple and saute until all are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
2. Add spices, canned pumpkin and chicken broth, stir until well combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer mixture for 15 minutes.
3. Using an immersion blender, blend soup mixture until it begins to thicken. Stir and continue blending until ingredients are pureed. (If you don't have an immersion blender, ladle  soup in small batches and place in blender. Puree until thickened and return to pot.)
4. Add milk or cream and simmer for 5 more minutes, making sure the heat is low enough so it doesn't boil.  Add pepper to taste.

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