Thoughts on Winter and a Recipe

I am always cold.

Always.

So it may be no surprise when I say this:  I really don’t like winter.

Oh I love Christmas, and I think the snow is pretty.

But the days and weeks spent in the house sitting under blankets longing to go outside?

Definitely not my thing.

This year I have been trying to embrace winter a bit more.  With the help of a good pair of long johns I’ve taken the girls out to play in the snow, and haven’t shied away from cold weather running (within reason, of course).

I have been thinking about planning (that’s right, not planning, but thinking about planning) my garden for this year, which keeps my spirits up.

And do you know what else keeps my spirits up in the cold weather?

Coffee.

Well duh.

And soup.  Lovely warm soup.  Around here we do mostly creamy vegetable soups, since those are easier to convince the girls to eat.

Side note:  if we crush crackers in any soup, both girls gobble it up.  They really are Daddy’s little girls.

Today I’m going to share with you our favorite, but with a bit of a twist.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

1 medium butternut squash

2 cups broth

1/2 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1/2 tbsp curry powder

1/2 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tbsp cumin

pinch crushed red pepper (optional)

1 tbsp coconut oil

salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat your oven 350 degrees F, and cut the squash in half and gut it.

Yes, gut it.  You know what I mean.  Cut the seeds and the stringy goo out.

Put both halves of the squash cut side down on a cookie sheet and bake for about 1 hour.

When the hour is almost up, heat up a 4-5 qt soup pot with coconut oil.  Saute onions and carrots until onions are translucent; add garlic.  Then add spices and saute another minute or two.  Scoop the flesh of the squash out of the skin (carefully!) and into the pot.   Add the broth and let simmer for at least 10 minutes.  Transfer soup in batches to a food processor and process until smooth.

 

We’ve served this soup with some tasty homemade whole wheat crackers, but it goes well with either some crusty bread or some soft, warm naan.

WARNING:  This soup may clear your sinuses.

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