Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Under the Bisque Top

I’m back!!!!! This isn’t Katy. It is Chris – her roommate and loyal blog reader. Katy has kindly offered to let me guest blog on here to share with y’all my new favorite fall recipe: Pumpkin Bisque! Before I share the easiest recipe with you – we have had some wonderful fall adventures!

A couple weeks ago, Mr. Banks, Katy’s dad, took a great group of us to see Totem (pronounced Toe-Tim) by Cirque du Soliel .Our sweet friend Haley came into town for the big event and she is a gymnast so she loved it! We were all amazed by women on unicycles throwing bowls and catching them on their heads, trapeze, and in general the amazing talent all of the performers displayed.

After an amazing and breathtaking performance, Mr. Banks took our group to Lure in Midtown. This 5th Group seafood restaurant accommodated Katy’s gluten free needs and my shellfish allergy. To start the meal we had amazing crafted cocktails and appetizers. I had a steak and potatoes and they paired it with a lovely glass of red wine! The food was out of this world, but the company was just as phenomenal.  Everything was flavorful and everyone shared. Amazing. Everyone was completely satisfied with the service, food and drinks.  Thank you, Mr. Banks!

Katy snuck this picture

Tom & Arlo at Lure
Whole gang
girlz girlz girlz

Specialty bottled in-house drinks

Katy's scallops
Last week one of the non-profits I work for had a fundraising event. This art show raised money for Work of Our Hands which helps funds Emmaus House Saturday Arts program which my roommates and I have been involved with for a while now. It offers children in south Atlanta a chance to explore their creativity and make art with their own hands! I am working on the development team for WOOH & so many of our great camp friends came out to support the event. An amazing night of friends and supporting a great cause. Our friend Anna Murphy’s art from Two Leaf Studio was also for sale. We now own original Anna Murphy Christmas Ornaments.

Anna's table

Ladies at the Art Show!
In my free time, I nanny! One of the moms I nanny for gave me a very easy and tasty recipe for Pumpkin Bisque. I had this at her house for a Halloween Party and it was phenomenal. This recipe makes about eight servings.  You may feel like you are adding large amounts of spices and sweeteners, but you could stretch this recipe to serve ten people. So all those ingredients go a long way.  So this is a great dish for a lazy week when you need lots of leftovers or when you have gluten free or vegetarian friends over for dinner! Thanks Ms. Elaine for the recipe and a great Halloween party!

A big thanks to Katy for letting me post! It is such a treat, and I love doing it. Well I better get back to studying for my LMSW Exam. Until next time! Xo. Chris

Pumpkin Bisque

What You'll Need: 

   3 cans of pumpkin puree ( 2 1/2 Cups) 
   One large yellow onion 
   Chicken Broth 1 1/4 Cup  (Can use Veggie Broth if you are a Vegetarian)
   Heavy Whipping Cream (one pint) 
   Craisins (for a tasty garnish) 
   Olive Oil 

Get Cooking: 

   Finely chop the onion
   Then in the large soup pot, sauté the onion in one tablespoon of olive oil. You just want the onion to become translucent -- not brown! 

   Then add the pumpkin puree Stir! 
   Add the chicken broth and two cups of water 
   While stirring add one tablespoon of cinnamon and nutmeg 

   Then add sugar -- make it as sweet as you like! We added about a tablespoon

   Bring everything to a simmer and let it sit for about five minutes, then stir in the pint of cream

   Let that sit in a simmer for about five minutes while it is covered 
   Cool before serving 
Add a handful of crasins on top for a perfect fall flavoring! 

This makes about 8 servings! Goes great with a grilled cheese or pb&j sandwich!

Thanks so much, Christy, for everything you do! You da best. And for real, this bisque is A-MAZING. I had some when I got home from a super late, chilly night at work. And Chris even made me a GF grilled cheese. I'm so very thankful to have a roomie/bff like you. 

xo, Katy


  1. I enjoyed reading your blog. A very relaxed and sincere presentation and expression of sweetness, caring, friendship and youth!

  2. Thank you, Grace! If you try the recipe let us know. I love writing about the food, but the friendship is truly the best part. -- Chris