Flavorful holiday dishes for every course

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 18 mini cheesecakes

18 paper baking cups (2 1/2 inch diameter)

18 gingersnap cookies

12 ounces cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 teaspoon Spice Islands Pumpkin Pie Spice

2 eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/3 cup light corn syrup

Heat oven to 325 F. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups. Place 1 cookie in each cup.

With electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, corn starch and pumpkin pie spice.

Add eggs and mix well. Add pumpkin and corn syrup; beat 1 minute.

Pour filling into liners, dividing evenly.

Bake 30-35 minutes until just set.

Chill 1 hour.

Cranberry Apple Chutney

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

1 bag (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries

1/4 cup water

2 large apples, cored and chopped

1 1/2 cups sugar

2/3 cup finely chopped onion

2/3 cup golden raisins

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

1 teaspoon Spice Islands Minced Garlic

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon Spice Islands Ground Allspice

1/4 teaspoon Spice Islands Ground Saigon Cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands Ground Cloves

2/3 cup dark corn syrup

1/3 cup cider vinegar

2/3 cup chopped pecans

In large saucepan, combine cranberries, water, apples, sugar, onion, raisins, ginger, garlic, salt,

allspice, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; cover, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Add corn syrup, vinegar and pecans. Cook uncovered 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Serve with roast turkey, pork roast or baked ham.

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Butternut Squash Soup with Thyme Butter

Prep time: 35 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon Spice Islands Ground Ginger

1/4 teaspoon Spice Islands Cayenne Pepper

3 pounds (about 7 cups) butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped

2 small onions, coarsely chopped

2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) chicken broth, divided

1/2 cup water

Thyme Butter:

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands Thyme

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands Garlic Powder

Heat oven to 425 F.

In large bowl, combine oil, ginger and cayenne pepper. Add squash, apples and onions; toss to coat.

Transfer to 15-by-10-inch baking pan. Roast in single layer 35-45 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven.

Working in batches, combine squash mixture and one can chicken broth in blender or food processor; blend until smooth. Transfer pureed mixture to large saucepan. Stir in remaining chicken broth and water. Bring soup to boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

To make thyme butter: Combine butter, thyme and garlic powder until well blended. Spoon onto wax paper and roll into 3-inch log; wrap tightly and refrigerate until firm.

To serve, cut butter into thin slices. Ladle hot soup into individual bowls; top each with slice of butter.

Tip: Puree can be made in advance, covered and refrigerated up to 2 days.

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