2 Butternut Squash (med size)
1 White onion chopped
1 Clove Garlic (or shallots, just reduce onions by 1/4)
1/2 Stick butter
1 Quart of Vegetable stock
1 TBSP Finely Chopped Rosemary and or Thyme(yes fresh, duh.)
Salt + Pepper to taste
1/4 Dark Brown Sugar
Wine Suggestion :Toated Head Chardonnay
Preheat oven to 450Â°
Begin by taking a sharp knife adn slicing both vegetables in half.
Use spoon to scoop out seeds. Discard gooey mess.
Warm butter in microwave and generously brush on halves. Sprinkle sugar on the squash. Place in oven for 45min to 1 hour. Remove when golden and roasted. Honey will darken flesh.
Begin the broth by placing butter in large pot at med heat. as butter melts, palce chopped onions and sautee till translucent. Add garlic. Add in veg boullion and water. Bring to a boil. When mixture is boiling, add squash. Finly chop roasemary and add to soup. Bring to a boil again. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 20 min to marry flavors. Add salt + pepper to taste.
Use immersion blender to puree the soup to a smoothe consistency. Add more broth if necessary.
Place in large bowls top with sunflower seeds. and eat with crusty bread. Serve with Chardonnay. Call friends.
It is official, soup season. Something about this time of year really makes me warm and fuzzy. Trees changing colors other than green, clouds in the sky always, cold days that make you want to put a piece of itchy wool around your back– FALL. Love it. I busted out the stock pot yesterday and on a whim I whipped up a batch of butternut squash soup. Yes vegetarian. Been eating less meat these days. Chicken is super boring, and pork rules but makes you fat. I know.
Stop by for a bowl of soup some time. Perhaps even a pint a homebrew. The Merk house is always open.
I think there comes a time when you decide that you just want to do nothing other than be a lazy piece of crap. I guess this must be that time. I mean, I am extremely busy with work, taking care of the house and any other miscellaneous hobbies that pop into my attention deficient head of mine. For the past 3 weeks since I was ill, I have been craving the couch and a nice warm piece of animation. This seems to happen around this time of year, and I am not sure why. I have been meaning to get up and get more active, but the blobs of goo above my belt have forced me not to. A marathon perhaps? That was the buzz last week when I was sitting next to a fellow that was wearing a Triathlon Completion Jersey from someplace in New York. (I was flying to Minneapolis last week.) It just seemed to hit me like the racing did last spring. I want to run again. This maybe the best thing for me now, but as we approach colder weather, running is not a great thing to do when it is cold. Whatever. I think today I will get to the gym and chat with a trainer there to discuss getting my ‘run’ back on. A marathon? Well, it is a goal. But a few 5k’s and perhaps a 10k; absolutely.
Check the pics. Sorry I have not been more fun. I am trying. Can I blame the stuck pixel on my Nikon?