New Food – Pumpkin-tomato Soup

I was a little concerned this week – I didn’t have a new food. I’ve done one each week all year, but this week got away from me.

However, I have been rescued!

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The tearoom – you truly need reservations.

Today I met some ladies at Emerson Creek Pottery and Tearoom for lunch. This is a farm that you get to by driving down a long, gravelly road – surrounded by subdivisions. But when you get to the actual place, you feel as if you’re in the country in spite of the rooftops in the distance.

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The wedding venue which was bustling with activity today as they were setting up for a wedding.

The complex consists of the tearoom, a huge venue for weddings and other events and a shop. On this beautiful September Saturday, they were preparing for a wedding and the barn was beautifully decorated in shabby chic.

We were seated on the “porch,” except it wasn’t really a porch – the porch was outside – we were enclosed in a small room off the porch – but not the main dining room where  I sat last time I was there.

And on the menu was pumpkin-tomato soup. Normally I wouldn’t have ordered the soup, but it was something I had never had before. Several of the other ladies ordered it too.

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The soup was thick – like a puree rather than soupy soup. The color certainly looked pumpkin-like, but the taste was definitely tomato. They served big bowls … and I think just one of us finished it. The taste was ok, but I think I’d give it a 4 out of a 10. However, my turkey sandwich with cranberry-creamcheese dressing was delicious.  I don’t think the soup was bad – I think you just needed a taste for it, which I guess I didn’t have. (But I did get a new food out of it.)

Later we went over to the shop which was full of signs and candles and cookbooks and capes and … pumpkins.

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The afternoon was so gorgeously pleasant, we ended with a walk to the pond.

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