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Monday, October 26, 2015

Soup Weather

Hi guys! Soup weather! Sweater weather! Long amber sunsets and early darkness, chilly nights and sunny days.

As the days get short and colder I think most of us start thinking of hot comfort food, stews and casseroles, and especially hot bowls of homemade soup.

The other week I gave my friend a bag of  Honey Crisp apples, [her fave] from the farmers market. I thought she'd enjoy crisp apples for her brown bag lunches. Instead she made the most delicious amazing Apple-Butternut Squash soup.

She brought me some to try. Very different, and soooo good. Almost sweet, but savory and nutty.

Here is her texted recipe

Apple-Winter Squash Soup, by LK

1 butternut squash, 2 Honey Crisp Apples [or any XL large apples], 4 Cups chicken broth [or veggie broth], 3 shallots, half a large sweet onion, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coconut milk.

Roast cubed butternut squash in oven 375*, about 1 hour.

Peel and cube 2 large apples.

Add to stock pot with onions, butter, spices. [I'd saute the onions  gently first,
she doesn't say though.]

Add stock and bring to a simmer.

Add squash and shallots to stock pot, simmer 20 / 30 minutes.

Use an immersion blender [or hand mixer] , blend until smooth.

Add 1 Cup coconut milk. Simmer until warm. Done! Yum!

Served with a green salad and crusty bread, this soup makes a hearty and nutritious autumn or winter supper.

Mel had some lovely soup suggestions too. A cabbage/ veggie/ smoked sausage soup:

 Or this one, which uses fresh kale.


And I want to try this one: slow cooker cauliflower/ sweet potato soup.

All these soups are wonderful ways to enjoy the autumn harvest finds from the farmers market. So fun to shop outside on a crisp seaside October day.

Do you have a favorite soup recipe? Or a favorite soup, if you're not a soup maker yourself? I grew up with canned soups, Campbell's only: tomato, chicken noodle, chicken rice. Best with American cheese grilled cheese and chips, dill pickles, not an everyday event at our house. Otherwise, the only soup was my dad's truly awful leftover-turkey carcass & rice soup. To avoided at all costs on the day after Thanksgiving.

[oh and, in later years, my mom's excellent homemade cream of leek soup, and brandy-laced French onion soup. These were rare treats indeed, often simmering on the stove when I'd come home from college, a long drive/ late cold night. She'd make a stack of tiny rye bread/ rare roast beef/ horseradish sandwiches to go with. My dad would be making homemade donuts! Friends loved coming home with me for a weekend, as you can imagine.]



gone to the beach.....

Here's my Food file on Pinterest, if you're looking for more ideas, or just for fun. food


  1. Yum. I love squash.

    The soup I grew up eating...chunks of potatoes cooked in water until tender...cooking water left in...a can of evaporated milk...salt and pepper...cubes of Velveeta cheese thrown into your bowl as you start eating.

    No onions, spices, or anything else.

    I make this as my ultimate comfort food minus the Velveeta. Although I may make this soon and see if they still have small boxes of Velveeta.

    Hope you're having a great week.


    1. Your comfort soup sounds very good! I looked it up and you can still buy a block of Velveeta, just like we remember. You can use the rest for grilled cheese during nano nights...

  2. I just loved your story about the meals you would come home to. Ahhh, heaven. I love comfort food at this time of year. Pork chops and apples, Stew with dumplings. Getting colder up here and lots of leaves are down. So gorgeous! Enjoy your Fall. :) Kit

    1. Oh yes, great suggestions, love dumplings [a treat! Bisquick?] and pork chops or pork roast w apples.

  3. I love soup and stews and chilies when the weather turns cool! I highly recommend the kale and cabbage soups, something I *never* thought I'd hear myself say!! I always thought cooked cabbage was icky but now I love it. I want to try the apple and squash soup, and the cauliflower and sweet potato soup. Hubby made a face at the cauliflower idea but I bet it's good - but I won't make a whole gallon of it the first time just in case!

    Love the pictures from the market! The squash are so pretty. And the COLORS on the beach photos are gorgeous! Postcard perfect!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I m glad you enjoyed the pix. Thanks for great soup suggestions!

  4. Gosh, all of the soup recipes sound so yummy. Thanks everyone for sharing. Maybe if we get the rainy winter here that is being predicted, I'll be motivated to give them ALL a try.

    Your Dad made donuts???? They must have been delicious. What wonderful memories for you. I have always been afraid to deep fry anything in my kitchen. I'm just sure I would burn the place down. I regularly set dish towels on fire, I wouldn't want to test my luck with a pot full of hot oil.

    As always, thank you for giving us a little peak into your life, and for sharing your memories.


  5. Hi Kel--yeah hard to get into soup when you re probably in shorts and tees. Lucky you.

    Yep, my dad had this electric deepfryer, kinda like an electric skillet?--and no one evry thought about it being dangerous. I d be in charge of dipping things out when brown--onion rings were another fave, made with of course BEER batter. all kinds of battered veggies, apple fritters [sigh, the best!]; tempura....and all kinds of donuts. Of course the parents gave all that stuff up when they got ''healthy'' . No more Fourth of July pina coladas either. Darn!


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