Posts Tagged ‘leeks’

Unrecipe of the Week: Butternut Squash Soup

November 20, 2013

The weather is changing and winter is in the air. For me, that spells the beginning of soup season. I used to start Thanksgiving dinner with pumpkin or butternut squash soup. As the crowd grew, and the accompanying extra dishes grew, I pulled back. This year, I am craving a warm start to the meal, and this soup fills the bill. I will serve it in teacups, to prevent everyone from filling up before the main event!

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Although the “unrecipe” calls for butternut squash, feel free to substitute fresh pumpkin.

This recipe serves 4-6 people.

Savory Butternut Squash Soup:

Finely chop the white and light green part of one leek, and saute it in butter or olive oil, until softened but not browned. Add 3-4 pounds of butternut squash, peeled and cubed*,  1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of curry powder, and  2 tablespoon of cumin, and continue to stir for a few minutes to allow the ingredients to merge. Season with salt and black pepper. Add a few tablespoons of Sherry, and cook long enough for it to evaporate into the mixture.

Add about 4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock, (enough to fully cover the squash), and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes until the squash is soft.

Puree the soup in a blender, or use an immersion blender until smooth. Add more stock if the soup is getting too thick. Taste, and correct seasonings if necessary. Stir in a little more Sherry if desired, when ready to serve.

Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche and enjoy!

* many specialty food markets, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have already peeled and cubed butternut squash, which makes this much easier to make!

photo: Glasshouse Images

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CSA Tuesday

November 28, 2012

It’s a cold rainy day in New York, but the farmers came through with a bountiful array of vegetables.

We got cabbage, leeks, beets, parsley, lettuce and yams. We ended up with only 1 leek, and 1 bunch of beets (which I love!) but a ton of lettuce and parsley. Wanna swap?

Although they said to take 2 cabbages, this one is bigger than my head and truly magnificent. One is plenty!

We got several heads of lettuce and a few giant, lush bunches of parsley.

My baskets of onions and potatoes have now grown to 3, even though I used a lot for Thanksgiving.

I am toying with the idea of making a sweet potato bread pudding that I found a recipe for. Definitely a salad, with roasted beets, pecans and goat cheese.

The parsley and giant cabbage pose a bigger challenge to my creativity. Perhaps stuffed cabbage of some sort? A parsley pesto?

Great ideas are always welcome!

Feeding Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012

All of us in New York are hunkering down and waiting for Hurricane Sandy to have her way with us. Sunday was spent preparing lots of leftover ingredients into edible dishes.
The leeks, celery and potatoes became a delicious potato leek soup; rich and creamy, without the added calories of cream.

The pumpkins were roasted and pureed. A pumpkin tart was quickly assembled, using what I had in the house. The traditional evaporated milk was hastily replaced by coconut milk, with no adverse reactions to the texture or flavor.

The leftover roasted pumpkin puree will become pumpkin gnocchi tomorrow night, assuming I can see to cook it!

There is still a giant cabbage awaiting it’s fate. I think the carrots and celery can get slivered in with the cabbage and tossed with an avocado dressing,assuming we have electricity for the blender. I guess sooner or later, they will be soft enough to blend by hand!

The flashlights have batteries, the bathtubs are filled with emergency water, and the candles and matches are laid out on the dining table.
We are as ready as we can be for Sandy’s wrath.

We hope all of our east coast readers weather the storm safely.
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CSA Tuesday

October 24, 2012

It’s CSA Tuesday again, and this week’s selection is a little different.

I am getting a bit backed up in the pumpkin department. Pie? Ravioli? Halloween decor?

We got some carrots, parsley, a giant cabbage and some broccoli.

We also got 4 enormous leeks.

While I am sure some of this will become CSA soup by Sunday night, I intend to get creative with some of the rest.

Ideas always welcome!


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