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After weeks of consuming winter squash in every possible way before and during Thanksgiving, it’s time to look to the Middle East and learn what other cuisines do with this versatile fruit. The first recipe is inspired by the Iraqi sweet and sour pumpkin soup with stuffed kibbeh. The Iraqi cooked kibbeh, which are ground rice or farina dumplings stuffed with ground beef, are served in different stews depending on the season.

Okra and tomato stew in the summer, beet stew and pumpkin stew in the winter. The stews are always very simple, highlighting the taste of their main ingredient and setting the stage for the kibbeh. To make the dish easy enough for a weeknight dinner, I replaced the kibbeh with simple beef and ground rice balls.

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