Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Autumn Harvest Soup Recipe

Posted Oct-06-07 19:53:29 PDT
Work is coming to an end on the Barn-Shop... I am getting more & more excited & hope to open by mid-October or early November! I installed the last doorknob today... lovely cobalt-blue glass knobs... snipped out two tin door plates & got them on, painted the bottom cupboard & went down to mom's to pick up a lovely ol' cupboard top for it! (lots of shelf-space!) The chimney-sweep came & installed the pot-belly stove. We put shelves in the closet the other day. Now, we generally need to do a bit of tidying & cleaning & then start filling it up with a variety of handmade primitive & country goods!
I hope you like my recipe for an Autumn Harvest Soup. I made a pot for dinner along with a loaf of cheesey Pecan-Onion Bread (my favorite bread! YUMMY!)... served with a side of very sharp cheese! I generally roast the squash or pumpkin in the oven, but I'm sure you could use a microwave to cut down on the preparation time if you so desire.
Autumn Harvest Soup
First, cut & seed a football-size Hubbard or Butternut Squash or Pumpkin; spray with vegetable oil on cut sides and roast in a 350 degree oven for about an hour til soft.
Next, in a large soup pot, heat about 2 Tablespoons of butter til melted... add 1 chopped onion (softball size); cook til soft & translucent. Then add 6 cups stock or broth, 1 cup apple cider, the pre-cooked squash/ pumpkin (cut into chunks), 2 apples (peeled, cored & chunked), 1 potato (peeled & chunked), 5 or 6 cloves of pressed garlic, some fresh-ground pepper to taste and 1 Tablespoon salt. Simmer for about 40 minutes til all vegetables are soft & cooked through. Carefully transfer the soup to a food processor (using small batches if necessary) & puree til smooth. Put back on stovetop & over low heat, add 1 cup half-and-half, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger & 2 Tablespoons pure Maple Syrup. Heat through & serve.
This is so much thicker & tastier the second day! I wish you and yours peace and plentitude this Harvest Season!
~Blessings from Laura of Wildenblue Farm

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