Recipes to Chill With

My prayer for a second job has been answered in the form of a temporary (month long), watching-a-friend’s-brother job. It’s perfect, actually, because I leave my first job and go directly to their house. Then I hang out, play games, make sure he exercises, and make supper. And let’s be honest: it’s always more fun to play house when it’s at someone else’s house!

His mom asked me to try out different foods and see what I can get him to eat. Besides persuading and bribing him every night (successfully after the 2nd night!), I’ve also taken to sneaking vegetables into his fruit smoothies. Yes. I’m one of those people. I’m just glad he hasn’t bothered asking what makes it green…*sneaky snicker*

Tonight I used a recipe I created this fall for Butternut Squash soup. It’s pretty basic; not unlike other recipes floating around the internet. But still, tasty and delish. : ) Here it is, with pictures. The most important thing you should note is that I cook with the eye more than with measurements. Still, I tried to come up with some numbers with this.

Butternut Squash Soup

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in stew pot. Sauté 1 diced medium onion in butter until nearly translucent.

  1. Add 2 diced, peeled potatoes, 2 sliced carrots, & 1 small butternut squash (peeled, seeded, cubed), to onion mixture.
  1. Cook until vegetables are soft but not mushy, and add 1 14.5 oz. can of vegetable broth (My favorite is College Inn’s Garden Vegetable!). Fill can halfway with water & add that, too.

  1. Add salt, pepper, rosemary leaves to taste (a surface sprinkle was good for me); bring to simmering & add another cup of water.

  1. Stir in another 14.5 can of vegetable broth

    A wonderful salt choice -- I found it in the cupboard. : )

  1. Bring soup to a low boil until squash is soft enough for a fork to go right through. If desired, add another dose of salt, pepper & rosemary

  1. Take squash only (as best as possible) out of broth & puree in blender. Return to broth & other veggies.

  1. Combine well, stir/wisk in small dollop of cream cheese.
  2. Eat up!

*Note: The carnivores in my family (i.e. everyone but me) especially love this soup when it has some flavorful beef in there, too.

Colds always feel better when I treat them with some soup!

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