Spicy West Indian Pumpkin Soup
Several varieties of pumpkins grow in the Caribbean, but the most widely known is the calabaza (also known in the French West Indies as giraumon). Less watery than most squash, calabaza produces a soup with a gloriously velvety texture and concentrated flavor. If you can't find it, butternut squash makes a handy substitute. Typical of most Caribbean cooking, this soup is very spicy. For a mellower version, cut down on the amount of Scotch bonnet pepper in the recipe.