Friday, September 20, 2013

~ It's Fall Y'all .....

....well, at least it will be on Sunday.
Fall.  My favorite season.
For so many reasons.
One of them being Butternut Squash Bisque.
At the first sign of crisp fall air, apple cider and apple cider donuts
I get the urge to make Butternut Squash Bisque.
The original recipe was found here allrecipes
Although it was yummy,
I decided to doctor it up a bit.
So, get that apron on ... pull out your soup pot and let's get started!
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Throw in 1/2 cup (or more) of diced onion and cook until tender.
Throw in about half a small bag of baby carrots and 4 cups
of peeled and cubed butternut squash.
Now, I have struggled with peeling and cubing that bad boy
I now buy the squash already peeled and cubed.
Now, here's where I changed it up a little.
I also add 2 small or 1 large Cortland apple (peeled and cut)
and 1 large sweet potato (peeled and cut).
Then pour in 3 to 4 cups of stock. 
This recipe calls for vegetable stock.
I've also made it with chicken stock or beef stock.
I really didn't notice much of a difference in the taste.
Oh!  And season with salt and pepper (to taste)
nutmeg (to taste)!
Yup!  Nutmeg!
Bring this to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until everything becomes tender.
I know, it looks mushy .... but that's okay.
Now, remove the pot from the stove and grab your hand blender (or food processor)
and puree the heck out of it ... until it looks smooth and thick.
I usually find that using my left hand to control the hand blender
allows me to use my right hand to ....
wipe down the splatters I just made....
or sip on a glass of wine....
or make a phone call....
or wave to the neighbor.... that that's all pureed,
return the pot to the stove and stir in 1/2 cup of heavy cream (optional).
Stir and heat (but don't boil).
♫ Ta-da ♪
You are done!!!!
Get yourself a cup (or bowl), fill it up with the Butternut Squash Bisque,
add a little (or a lot) of nutmeg,
tear apart some French bread and dig in!!!!
Huh?  Huh??
Is that good or what? 
Okay, so while you're eating that
let me tell you about this week's
with Nancy:
1.  I don't particularly like to cook ... I KNOW, RIGHT???
You'd think with the above masterpiece that I would be a chef!!!!
2.  I don't like grocery shopping ...
3.  .... and I tend to buy crap stuff even if we don't need it.
Why do I do that?  Why did I need to purchase that jar of applesauce?
So I could place it next to the two jars I already have?
4.  I cannot pass a craft store.  I have to go in.
I'm like a dog marking my territory ... up and down every aisle.
Sniffing everything.  
I need to get a grip!
5.  I do love a bargain.  And coupons.
And saying "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it."
What does that mean????


  1. you soup looks delicious. shocked to hear you don't enjoy cooking. i love it when the foods turns out well & delicious. when it does not turn out the way i would hope i really am quite frustrated. ( :

  2. I suspect this all means you are creatively awesome - wonderfully awesome AND - we should not expect you to make lunch for us . . . Happy Fall!!!!

  3. That soup looks delicious! The added apple and sweet potato add a lovely sweetness, I bet.

    I don't like to cook, either, and sad to say, I don't cook very often. Not real cooking, at least.

    I have to keep myself out of craft stores. I tell myself I'm going to go in to buy something specific. An hour later, I'm still walking up and down the aisles. :-)

  4. I make a butternut soup too - we love it. I do mine in the crockpot, and add chickpeas to it. Tasty!

  5. Saying that you do not like to cook after reading this recipe was CRAZY!!!! You must...especially if you own an apron! Sometimes I just wander up and down the isles especially in TJ Maxx!!!!...:)JP

  6. Well - I'm just like you on the first 3. We love butternut squash soup but I always buy it - your recipe sounds easy enough even for me! Thanks.

  7. Happy fall and I love it too! Love it to the max. Your recipe sounds wonderfully yummy. Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. Yummy going off to buy some squash (cubed of course) thanks for visiting my blog today...

  9. Officially Fall - I want to say "wow, so soon!" and yet it seems like we've had glimpses of Fall for the past 2 months which is totally premature and while this weekend will dip again in the 70s (my happy place), it is followed up by upper 80s next week (my not-so-happy place). My sense of seasons is totally out of whack. Your soup looks amazing and your randoms hit a few familiar notes for me.

    Enjoy the weekend!

  10. It looks delicious.. fall is definitely at my doorstep and yours:)
    In my lifetime I have known many more people who do not like to cook than cook..
    I have only had one friend that enjoys it.
    But in our little many do. I would have thought you did..probably because you love to photo and are so talented at it:)

    I enjoy craft stores too:)
    Happy Fall to you Diane.

  11. You are a great writer. This soup sounds wonderful. I made some pumpkin soup before and at the suggestion of my aunt added shrimp.

  12. My husband says that often... I couldn't leave it in the store at that price! Lol. :)

  13. LMAO!!! oh the whole thing about your left and right hand!!! you're a hoot...and this looks absolutely divine. Super Fall post. xo

  14. That soup looks yummy! I hate grocery shopping too!

  15. I may just have to try this. Looks yummy

  16. Crack me up! Great post! And I am definitely going to jump in and make some yummy fall soup! And turn the breadmaker on, too...ooh, can you just smell it from there...oh and with the apple pie baking??? Yes, Autumn in all of its glory! THANKS FOR SHARING! Aloha!

  17. What an enjoyable post...we should be neighbors..I don't like grocery shopping or cooking, must visit the craft stores, yep, we could be good friends for sure. Soup sounds wonderful....since I don't like to cook, I'll be by to taste yours..OK??

  18. there are so many comforting things about autumn, its a lovely season!

  19. Looks like a great recipe, I will have to try it.

  20. That sounds and looks very good. Are you sure you don't like to cook, lol?
    Have a happy weekend!

  21. Squash adds depth and sweetness to most broth based soups. Yum.

  22. Delicious!!! I'm so making this. Thanks for sharing your version! xo

  23. The way you are by a craft shop...that is me and fabric stores, specially quilt shops. And I have enough fabric to start my own shop!


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