Cristina Ferrare

Fall Recipes: Pumpkin Soup With An Added Bonus

Fall Recipes: The Perfect Heart Warming Pumpkin Soup

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One of my go to recipes this time of year is this hearty, flavorful pumpkin soup! I serve it as a first course for dinner or for lunch along with a salad! In fact it was our tradition to serve this soup before we went with the kids, when they were little, to Trick or Treat through the neighborhood. Everyone who stopped at our door would mention how our home smelled like Christmas!

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Serves 4-6

Ingredients For Pumpkin Soup: 

  • 1/3-cup olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 (29 ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 quart homemade chicken stock or store bought organic chicken or vegetable broth.
  • 1 (6 ounce) package full fat cream cheese, cut into small pieces
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Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and is one of the main staples in the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil is fat obtained from the fruit of the olive tree traditionally grown in the Mediterranean region, where whole olives are pressed to produce olive oil.

For over half a century there have been thousands of studies examining the health benefits of olive oil.

Many studies have focused on the biological and clinical effect of olive oil! Monounsaturated fatty acids, which are found in olive oil, are a healthy dietary fat, as opposed to saturated fats and trans fats.

Following a Mediterranean diet lowers risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, high cholesterol and also helps with inflammation.

For over half a century there have been thousands of studies examining the health benefits of olive oil.

Studies have found that people who regularly consume olive oil are much less likely to develop cardiovascular disease. It also helps reduce inflammation in the body which we now know is detrimental to body and brain health. Read more »



Butternut squash makes a creamy smooth soup filled with fall spices. It’s the perfect soup to fill the soul before you go trick or treating or to calm you down before the big game!

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Vegetable Spring Roles

Vegetable Spring rolls are a perfect summer snack! Enjoy them also for lunch or appetizers to serve at a party! These little packages of mouth water goodness are packed with nutrients rich in anti-oxidants that are brain healthy, so indulge and enjoy! Read more »

Stone Fruit Salad


It’s summer and there is an abundance of fruits and vegetables that help mind and body. Since we are in the middle of my favorite time of year, peach season, I composed a beautiful Stone Fruit Salad.

This Stone Fruit Salad combines sweet plums, peaches, apricots and avocado with baby arugula, baby spinach, buratta cheese, crunchy walnuts and a shallot vinaigrette! It’s an explosion of flavor and textures in every bite, it’s the perfect salad to serve during your Fourth of July celebration. Read more »


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Recently I decided to make a life change when it came to refined sugar in my diet and have been creating recipes that are not only good for you but can curb your sweet tooth by replacing processed ingredients with heart healthy choices to help fuel your  body and energy through out the day.

One of my guiltiest pleasures is a Reese Peanut Butter Cup and not wanting to give them up completely I whipped up this low calorie Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shake so I can continue to get my fix 😉 but feed my body, mind and soul.  Read more »