Ready to shake up the Thanksgiving standards? This is a great way to do it: posted in Barbara Fisher's blog, Tigers and Strawberries (http://www.tigersandstrawberries.com/). The flavors of this soup are amazing–it is somewhere between the tangy-spicy herbal flavor of Tom Kha Gai and the best butternut squash or sweet potato soup you have ever had with a little Thai curry mixed in for fun. It is spicy, sweet, tangy and rich all at the same time without being heavy or overly filling. And it's vegan. How can it be velvety smooth without much in the way of rich coconut milk and absolutely no cream? It was the addition of the potato that does it. This is a trick she learned when she was cooking for vegan clients as a personal chef. A good creamy boiling potato like a Red Bliss or Yukon Gold will thicken soups and make them velvety smooth if they are pureed, all without adding fat or any dairy products at all.