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Happy New Year! AND Butternut Squash Soup!

January 1, 2012

Happy 2012!

Whew! The holidays were busy busy busy.  The family came to Steamboat for Christmas which was pretty great! The snow is a little bit on the non-existent side so they ended up doing other fun things like snow shoeing and cross country skiing after a few days on alpine skis.  All in all a great week! A great Christmas and  great New Years! As it was the busiest week of the year I ended up working on the mountain almost every day. Five days of teaching a handful of four and five year olds to ski is a lot of four and five year olds.  But I lived through it without going crazy! And the first week of 2012 looks like it will be smooth sailing and I might have a minute to collect myself before my next guest arrives…

And since it is New Years (and also the day that Steak in the Pan turns 1!) and the family packed up and left this morning and I might miss them the tiniest little bit (even if we did try and kill each other a few times) I decided to backtrack to an excellent soup that Mom and I collaborated on last week with my new Cuisinart Soup Maker. Mom made this really easy acorn squash soup before and raved about how tasty it was, so we decided it’d be a good tester for the newest addition to my kitchen accessories. We ended up using a butternut squash as we couldn’t find any acorn, but it works all the same.

Butternut Squash Bisque:

2 medium onions, chopped

1/4 cup butter

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium butternut (or acorn) squash, chopped

6 cups chicken or veggie broth

1 cup half and half

a pinch of curry

salt and pepper


Saute the onions and garlic in butter until soft. Add squash and broth and bring to a boil for 15-20 min or until squash is soft. Use a submersible blender or a regular blender and blend the soup until it is the desired consistency…Ours came out a little chunky, which I liked.Stir in cream and spices.

We served ours with Jiffy Cornbread and topped it with a bit of Parmesan cheese.

Excellent! I really loved this soup. The Cuisinart Maker is also the coolest thing ever. It sautes the onions and garlic and then comes to boil in about 5 minutes. Then you just blend it up and pour the soup out of the pitcher.Let the soup trend continue! I had the last bit of it for a New Years lunch today at work. Mmmmm.

Meanwhile, the pesky kitten, who has been spoiled all week with giblets and turkey leftovers,  is lounging around pretending to be good so he can have more…

Happy New Years!!!!

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