Roasted Squash and Vegetable Soup

Squash Coup Closeup 2I still have a number of various types and shapes of squash on my table.  Some were bought in bulk when our CSA from Waratah Downs ended in October, other have accumulated week by week from our current CSA from Bryson Farms (yup – they deliver in winter!).  Anyway, since they’re on the table in a pretty basket, I don’t think to use them in day to day cooking, so once again they’re piling up and I decided to use a couple to make this soup.  It’s my first time making squash soup and I researched many recipes before settling on this one.  I was drawn in by the roasted vegetables as well the combination of sweet and savoury spices.
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Roasted Garlic and Carnival Squash Pasta

Carnival squash and garlicAt the end of the growing season this year we bought some bulk vegetables from our CSA provider, Waratah Downs. While tomatoes were quickly preserved, garlic, onions and squash still abound in our kitchen. This was our first time taking advantage of bulk produce discounts from farmers, and I’m really impressed with how well they’ve lasted and how delicious everything still tastes several months later.

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Butternut Squash, Leek and Fresh Herb Risotto

It’s time for squash!  I love squash.  I have several exciting squash recipes I want to share, but it was easy to choose which one to do first.  I used to think risotto was too difficult and way above my comfort zone – probably due to watching too much Hell’s Kitchen and hearing Gordon Ramsay repeatedly scream “Look at the risotto!  It’s f&@king burnt! You donkey!” or something to that effect.  But then I tried it and it’s really not that hard.  It just takes patience and a lot of stirring. Continue reading