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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Soup week continues with quite possibly my favorite recipe of 2013.  This creamy butternut squash soup is a dream; it tastes just like Fall, it is super healthy, satisfying, and the flavor is out of this world.  I’ve made it three times since I took these pictures and every time I swoon at how incredibly easy and delicious it is.
I like flexibility in the kitchen, and there’s no vegetable more flexible than a butternut squash.  And by flexible, I mean not flexible at all–it’s actually quite sturdy–no, what I mean by flexible is that you can buy it for dinner one week, change your menu, and not have to worry about it going bad and wasting your money.  I had this butternut squash sitting on my counter for more than 10 days, just waiting for the right time to use it.  It’s dinner flexibility at it’s finest, and that makes me happy.

Plus, look at that color.

Let’s get started.

Peel and chop one large butternut squash, discarding any seeds.  Butternut squash is a hardy vegetable so be careful while peeling.  You could very well cut off a finger if you’re not.
Assemble your spices.  You’ll need: Salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, all spice, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon.
Plus, olive oil, an onion and some garlic.

In a large stock pot, add olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and let them cook until soft, about 3 minutes.  Add the butternut squash and stir.
Next, add your spices.
Cover the squash with chicken stock–about 4 cups.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Place a lid on the pot, slightly ajar, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the squash is very tender and comes apart when you pierce it with a fork.
Remove pot from the heat and using an immersion blender, or a traditional blender working in batches, blend the soup until completely smooth.  It should be slightly thick, but if it’s too thick add a splash more chicken stock.
Add about 1/4 cup of half and half (I used fat free) for creaminess after you’ve blended the soup.
Stir it together and taste for seasonings.  Adjust if necessary, then serve right away!
Crusty bread on the side is a must, but these pumpkin spiced pecans are optional and I think would be absolutely incredible.  I would have topped my soup with them had I thought of it at the time!
The soup is creamy but healthy.  The squash is starchy enough to give the soup some heft without adding a bunch of cream or cheese, and the splash of half and half gives it just the right amount of richness.
This soup would be a great Holiday dinner first course and can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving.  I froze half of this and reheated it the next week and it was just as good.
You should make this soon so we can talk about how good it is.  Will you do that for me?  Thanks.

Here’s the recipe.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and seeded and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • 1/4 cup half and half

Method

  1. Add olive oil to a large stock pot with a heavy lid.  Add onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.  Add the squash and stir.  Add spices and stir to coat, then cover with the chicken stock.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.
  2. Place lid on the pot, slightly ajar.  Let simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes, or until the squash is very tender and breaks apart easily when pierced by a fork.  Remove soup from the heat and blend until smooth using either an immersion blender or a traditional blender, working in batches.  Once blended, add half and half and stir to combine.  Serve right away with crusty bread and pumpkin spiced pecans on top if desired.

Enjoy!

 

Blueberry Crumb Cake and Pretzel Brownies

I get a lot of the recipes I blog about from other blogs written by people who are more fabulous and more talented than I.  In the case that I change them up, I always put “adapted from…” so you people can find the original recipe, then decide if the changes I made were apt.
Sometimes, however, I don’t change a thing.  This usually happens when I’m baking.  I don’t have the baker’s chops to play around willy-nilly with ingredients, eyeball measurements, and change flavors.  I’m afraid I do a lot of that already just by user error.  When a weekend like this last one rolls around, and I’m in the mood for something sweet and a certain someone who adores brownies has a birthday on Monday (yesterday!), I come to terms with my limitations and turn to the greats.


Credit where credit is due.

The first thing I baked this weekend was The Pioneer Woman’s Blueberry Crumb Cake.

I really was craving blueberry pie, but didn’t want to mess with making a pie crust.  Oh, and the last time I made pie it turned into a doughy mess.  K still ate it, and said it was delicious, but that’s because he likes me.  And because he’s sweet.

I started researching blueberry recipes and found Blueberry Crumb Cake on The Pioneer Woman Cooks!  I did a quick inventory of the ingredients and, amazing!, I had all of them except for blueberries!  I’m so prepared.  I have such a well stocked pantry.  Look at me go!

Wrong.

My quick inventory was painfully inaccurate.  I didn’t have blueberries, that was true, but I also didn’t have baking powder, which I didn’t realize until after I came home from the store.  And looked for parking for an hour.  So, I decided to walk down to the corner store and get some.  I’d get some fresh air, some exercise, no harm done.

Wrong again.

I got back to my apartment, all excited to bake.  I combine dry ingredients and crack some eggs, then come to a screeching halt.  I don’t have any vanilla.  I am not prepared.  I do not have a well stocked pantry.  Please don’t look at me.

Instead of going back to the store for the third time, I skipped the vanilla.  Don’t be like me!

The cake turned out delicious anyway, and I had it for dessert and breakfast the next day (it’s coffee cake, after all!) The best part about it was the cinnamon-sugar crumble topping.  It tastes like the best part of cinnamon toast.

Like I said before, I am not equipped to decide what to leave out and what to keep in when cakes are concerned, so follow The Pioneer Woman’s recipe.  Don’t let me deter you.  Oh, and check your pantry before you go to the store.  Just… do it.

Which brings me to baking endeavor number 2, brownies.  These were decidedly more successful not because I learned my lesson, but because I used a box.  I know how to make brownies from scratch, but K honestly and truly prefers the brownies from a box.  “They know what they’re doing!”… as he says.  And that works for me.

By coincidence, though, right before I started the brownies, I looked at my Google reader and Joy the Baker had a new post called Buns. Biscuits. Brownies.  Intrigued, I scrolled down and saw that her brownies have pretzels on them!  I have pretzels!

(walk to the pantry…. check… yep I have pretzels).

So I went to this recipe to see what that was all about.  Like I said, I used a box, and didn’t use peanut butter because K is allergic.  I did use pretzels, though.

We had these last night and I was so pleasantly surprised.  The pretzel kept it’s crunch, which I think a brownie needs sometimes, and the salt and chocolate combo was to die for.  If I were you, I’d try Joy the Baker’s peanut butter pretzel brownies, but if you’re like me, and you already bought the box of brownie mix and you don’t trust yourself to know where the vanilla lives, do this.

In conclusion, I still have a lot to learn.  But lucky for me, there are so many amazing blogsout there to learn from.  Hope your Tuesday’s sweet!

 

Classic Beef Chili with Cornbread Crumble

If what I hear on Facebook and CNN, my two news sources, is true, it’s cold out pretty much everywhere.  I’m reading stories about school being canceled in Austin, TX, and while the threat of ice there is as serious as actual ice, it would seem that most of the country needs this chili.
It may be my Texas roots, but to me nothing is more appropriate on a day when your windows are freezing from the inside, than a warm, slightly spicy bowl of chili.  I like all kinds–vegetable chili, turkey chili, bean chili, and especially the classic version with ground beef, lots of spices, and cornbread.  I do not like white chicken chili.  That’s a different story, though.

Recently I’ve launched a new feature exclusively on my Facebook page.  I’m giving my Facebook fans a little glimpse into my weekly menus by sharing what I plan to make for the week on Monday mornings.  I share my menus and I love hearing what you are planning on making.  Click on over to my page and “like” it to get my weekly updates and weeknight recipe inspiration.  I’m thinking this beef chili would make a welcome addition to next week’s menu.

Let’s make chili.  This really couldn’t be easier and every time I make it, I change it up a little bit.  This time, I took my classic chili recipe and instead of using generic chili powder, I used Pasilla chili powder from Dean and Deluca, which I brought back from Napa.  The result was a slightly smoky and very deep chili flavor.  I think it totally made the dish.

It starts with onions, garlic, and beef.  Throw it all in a big pot and let it cook until the onions are soft and the meat is completely browned.
Next, gather your spices and your liquid.
Add cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, a little bit if cayenne pepper, and a lot of chili powder.
Next add a 28-ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes that you’ve crushed with your hands and a can of tomatoes and green chilies.
You could also add a can of drained and rinsed beans, like black beans or red kidney beans, but I wanted a classic, meaty, bean-less chili.

Bring that to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer.  Let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes, so the flavors concentrate and deepen.  Meanwhile, bake your favorite cornbread, which coincidently should take about that long.

Serve in bowls with cornbread crumbled on top.
The cornbread is slightly sweet and crumbles into the chili thickening it a bit.  The chili is smoky and a little spicy and will be sure to make you forget about the “real feel” of the temperature outside, which is entirely too far away from the positive side of the thermometer.
I love a good bowl of chili and it helps that it’s easy to throw together on a weeknight.  Make this next week, or put a pot on Sunday afternoon for a comforting Sunday dinner.  Even better, the Super Bowl is coming up, as if you didn’t know, and this is guaranteed to please your crowd.
And psst… it’s really good on nachos too.  But what isn’t?

Here’s the recipe.


Classic Beef Chili with Cornbread Crumble

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder (single source, like Pasilla chili powder, if you can find it!)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand, with the juice in the can
  • 1 16-ounce can of tomatoes and green chilies, like Rotel
  • Cornbread for serving

Method

  1. Add olive oil to a large pot.  Add onions, garlic, and ground beef and cook until the beef is completely browned and the onions are soft, about 5 minutes.  Add seasoning and cook for 1 minute more.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes and Rotel and stir to combine.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes until the flavors have concentrated.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve immediately with crumbled cornbread on top.  True story, I really love Jiffy Corn Muffin mix and it’s my go-to anytime I use cornbread.  No shame here.  Other toppings options include but are not limited to: chopped green onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, etc.

Enjoy!

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Classic Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I ask you, is there anything better than a Grilled Cheese Sandwich? Unless that grilled cheese sandwich is paired with tomato soup, then it’s better, it’s delicious and it’s classic.  Those are two things that I really, really like.

After days of almost-Spring weather, yesterday turned windy and cold… again.  Warm soup and a comforting grilled cheese was the perfect remedy.  For the tomato soup, I started with a mirepoix, which is a fancy way of saying I sauteed carrots, celery and onions, but mirepoix is so.. French.  I love it.  Anyway, I started with sauteing vegetables then added a little bit of garlic and poured two 28 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes and stirred to combine.  I added 3 1/2 cups of vegetable broth, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, thyme, and cayenne pepper for heat.  Once all the ingredients were combined, I reduced the heat and simmered, covered, for 20 minutes.

While the soup was simmerin’ away, I started the grilled cheese.  Now, this wasn’t you’re normal grilled cheese.  This grilled cheese had gumption.  Bacon, tomatoes, cheddar and blue cheese combined into warm, melty bliss on rustic whole wheat bread.

Oh, and I fried bacon for the first time.  Ever.  I’m a self-proclaimed Southern Girl who believes everything is better with bacon, duh, and yesterday, at 24 years old, I fried my first batch.  So that’s how the sandwich started.  I fried bacon, then assembled the sandwich by putting cheddar on both sides of the bread, then the tomatoes, then the bacon, and then the crumbly blue cheese.  I grilled it on each side like a normal grilled cheese, but since there was so much going on in there, I finished it under the broiler so that the cheese got good and melted.

I served the soup with the sandwich and a glass of Chardonnay and had a lovely, warm evening watching Grey’s Anatomy Season 3, also known as the season where everything goes wrong.  Those people….

 

Hope your weekend was warm and cozy like mine.  I have some (much needed) time off this week and am really looking forward to cooking, eating, and enjoying myself.

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