Orange Winter Squash Soup: Heat oil in a large soup pot. Saute the onions for 5 to 7 minutes on a medium flame to draw out the natural sugar (the onions should be a golden color but not browning). Add the squash or carrots, sweet potato, celery, cumin and sea salt. Allow the vegetables to sweat out their liquid and soften, about 7 minutes. Add vegetable stock and cover. Cook over a medium flame allowing the vegetable to completely soften, about 25 to 30 minutes. Puree the mixture in a blender. Return soup to pot and adjust the salt. Add the ginger juice, orange concentrate and syrup (if necessary). Heat soup through for a few minutes.
Parsnip Bisque: Saute the shallots in corn oil for 3 minutes. Add the parsnips and allow them to soften for 7 minutes, adding a little liquid if they begin to stick to the pan). Add the balance of the stock and cover. Cook the soup on medium to low heat for 25 minutes. Remove a small amount of soup and place it in a bowl, add the miso and stir until dissolved. Stir in the miso mixture back into the soup add cinnamon and vanilla and simmer for 3 minutes. Puree soup in a blender. Swirl parsnip soup with squash soup and top with gremolata.
Place the pumpkin seeds in a food processor and grind (using the pulse button) to a coarse meal. Remove from processor and add to bowl with zests.
Recipe Courtesy of Rachel Gitlin