Our garden harvest for squash this year consisted of two acorn and two butternut. I decided to make soup. I typically find a recipe on the internet, review ingredients and seasonings and then do my own thing. This is what I did here. I like to microwave squash just a bit and it enables me to cut through them, remove the seeds and then roast for extra flavor.
Once the squash cooled I removed all the fleshy, roasted goodness to add to soup.
While roasting was taking place, I added onion, apple, fennel, carrots and a Samuel Adam's to some chicken stock. I used curry and cinnamon, chili flake, salt, pepper, some smoked mix (whatever was left in the tin....wasn't much but I love the smokey flavor) and this is the part I love the most.......I just go with my gut and add seasonings here and there that I know work well together. So if you are looking for a real-deal recipe you won't find it here! (however, you can find a million different kinds of squash soup recipes on the web. With or without apple or fennel or curry.....)
After I added squash, I used the magic kitchen tool........the emulsion blender!!! Mine is a Kitchen Aid and I highly recommend it. It takes a pot of chunky and turns it into a creamy dream! I received this blender as a birthday gift from my BFF Bern last year. Every time I use it I feel so professional! She got me a creme brulee torch this year. How cool is that? Now I'm going to make creme brulee as soon as I get the ramekins. (I will document it!!! I've been wary of creme brulee for years!)
I do however, like a bit of small texture.
I also added half and half and buttermilk to cut a bit of the heat. (I can get carried away with the heat! I can take more heat than my husband now, so when he says it's spicy I know I've pushed the limit.)
Another garden harvest.....lovely sage
I fried these leaves up to add to the top of the soup for a fancy garnish!
So easy and delicously impressive!
So the moral of the story is to JUST give it a try!
Try something in the kitchen this week that appeals to you and you've been too scared to try!