The weekend was fun. It went by too fast of course, but I enjoyed getting outside in Seattle and doing a little tailgating and football watching with friends.
When I got home this afternoon around 3 pm, the butternut squash on our counter was calling my name. You know how it goes. One minute you have a perfectly cute butternut squash and the next, a hideous mess and sore hands and arms.
Does anyone else feel my pain? Those butternuts are ridiculously hard to cut.
Eventually, I had these mangled chunks filling my cookie sheet, added olive oil, salt, pepper, some slices of onion and a few cloves of garlic and into the oven it went.
I didn't have the patience to clean and do anything with these. Into the trash they go.
After baking, peeling, adding vegetable stock, nutmeg and brown sugar and hand mixing, the pot sat on the stove for 30 minutes until goodness appeared. Then a heavy hand of cream gets stirred in and voila!
First you have to smell it...you know, just to check that it's edible.
And it is!
Time to devour!
Joy is one freaking kitchen genius. This recipe is simple, yet amazing. I made this soup last year and I'd be silly not to make it at least once a year, every year. This would be perfect for a holiday dinner party.
Do you have a recipe that you just can't wait to pull out during certain times of the year? You may notice I'm digging right into that to do list of mine. Well, there's no time like the present!
And, a quick note about Halloween
A few years ago, Kristin, Candice and I ran the Portland Run Like Hell Half Marathon right around Halloween and dressed up as bees.
It was a surprisingly fun and easy costume to run in. What you can't see is the stinger tails we had pinned on to our rears that swung back and forth the entire race. ;)
I'm now accepting any fun/easyish halloween costume ideas! I have two parties to go to, but can wear the same thing to both. What are you going to be this year, if anything?