Comforts of Home Recipe Contest Winners
Check out the winning recipes from the recent Comforts of Home® Cookin’ with Natural Gas Recipe Contest:

  • Emily Scarborough of Carrboro, NC
    Winning Recipe: Pumpkin Soup
  • Siu Toh of Hillsborough, NC
    Winning Recipe: Five Spiced Chicken

Pumpkin Soup

3 tablespoon olive oil
3 carrots, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 lg. onion, chopped
1-48 oz. can chicken broth
1-29 oz. can pure pumpkin
2 teaspoon chopped, fresh thyme
2 cups heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Rosemary or thyme sprigs for garnish


  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onion; sauté 7-8 minutes or until softened. Add broth, pumpkin and thyme; lower heat. Simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Working in batches, puree soup in a blender or food processor, return to Dutch oven. Stir in cream; simmer until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 12.

Five Spiced Chicken

1 frying chicken, washed and cut up into quarters
1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder (available in the Asian foods section)
¼ cup dry sherry
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pat the chicken dry then sprinkle with the five-spice powder. Mix the remaining ingredients together and marinate the chicken for 24 hours, or at least overnight.
  2. Sear the chicken on the grill on high heat to seal in the juices, and then cook at low indirect heat for 20-30 minutes.
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