Monday, November 15, 2010

Weekend Re-cap and Squash Obsession

Hello ladies and gentlemen and happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a relaxing and wonderful weekend.  Do anything fun?   The weather here has been absolutely delightful, and we’ve been taking full advantage of it.  Saturday started with a 6 mile run with Ava in the BOB, followed by the Scottsdale Farmer’s Market.  Yes, here in Arizona, we are just kicking off the best of the growing season and our markets just opened about 2 weeks ago.  We also had a lot of nice walks outside and Ava enjoyed being in her Radio Flyer wagon. 

I’d have to say that fall is my favorite “foodie” time of year.  Squash, pumpkin, squash, cranberries, persimmon, and  pomegranates, and did I mention squash? I have been eating some form of winter squash Delicata, butternut, spaghetti, acorn, and carnival have all been on the menu in the past 2 weeks!  I usually just roast or grill any of them, but I had an acorn squash recently that was just calling to be used in a real recipe.  And I had just the appliance to test a new recipe! 


Of course, while getting to work I needed an old flame to get started:


As much as I love red wine and try so many different ones each week, I keep coming back to Red Diamond Merlot.  It is like “comfort” wine, as mac and cheese is to comfort food. 


Ah, a glass in hand and ready to start my squash endeavor…

Acorn Squash Soup


Wait, it needs a little something – something…

ah, there it is:


The recipe was in cookbook that came with the new appliance.  More on that in a coming post.  Can you guess? 


Overall, the soup was slightly bland.  We added a bit more salt, a swirl of creme fraiche, and some pistachios, but it still needed a little more pizazz, if you know what I mean.  I think this is why I don’t make soups very often.  I feel like they are a lot of work for what you get.  Meaning, it was a decent amount of effort, for something that was only a starter to our meal, more of an appetizer.  This soup was far to light to be served as a main dish, so I still had to make a full meal.  I dunno, maybe I don’t see the appeal of soups.  Does anyone else feel this way?

On another note, it’s Monday and Scott has left for a business trip.  It means I am solo parenting for a few days.  We are headed off to the gym this morning for mommy’s break workout.  I think we will hit up the grocery store  and the park as well.  That should keep us busy for the morning…

What is your favorite homemade soup?


  1. I have so many favorite homemade soups its hard to pick one.

    We spent the weekend in NYC doing some family stuff. It was busy, but fun!

  2. I made homemade chicken noodle soup this weekend and it was great! I don't think my husband will ever eat store bought again :)

  3. I made a squash soup with crab last year - which adds some flavor, I know what you mean about squash soup being a little bland... and yes, it doesn't seem like something that takes a lot of effort to make should just be ok!

  4. did you get a vitamix??? If so, thats awesome (i'm a little jealous)! Love that merlot on a cold night, warms the heart. ;)

  5. Sorry the soup was a bit disappointing. I love soups, and often add flavor by adding lots of herbs (basil, cilantro, garlic, etc.). Also, I often make soup when we still have some leftovers. That way I don't feel like I have to cook "twice." :)

    I hope you and Ava are having fun!

  6. I feel the same way about homemade soups! It's a lot of effort for an appetizer. Maybe I'll feel differently when I have more kitchen space. Currently, I have a tiny kitchen!