Cooking and Insanity

Baking/cooking, Dear Jane — Insanity

I have been pondering what kind of border to make all day for the circles and squares quilt.  I have finally come up with a plan for it.  I will wait until I get going on it before any pictures.  In the meantime while I was thinking I worked on a Dear Jane block for the Insanity Revisited quilt.

This is block 3 from Row 10, it was a very easy block to make.  The curves are done with reverse applique.

This is block 3 from Row 10, it was a very easy block to make. The curves are done with reverse applique.

Another thing I did today was make some soup again – winter weather brings out the soup in me 🙂  I don’t eat it all that much the rest of the year.  This one is made from Butternut Squash.

Classic Butternut Squash Soup

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cups diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
2/3 cup chopped onion
4 cups cubed butternut squash (about 1 medium)
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
4 to 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large soup pot.  Add the chopped carrot, celery, and onion.  Cook until vegetables have begun to soften and onion turns translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.  Add butternut squash and thyme.  Stir to combine with vegetables.  Stir in the chicken broth and season with the salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until squash and carrots are fork tender, about 30 minutes.  Carefully puree in batches in a traditional blender.  Make sure to only do small batches at a time or it might splatter somewhat (yes I put too much in the first batch and had a little mess – just a little LOL )

The soup is quite tasty!  Just enough pepper – I put in a quarter teaspoon.

Classic Butternut Squash Soup

Classic Butternut Squash Soup

Our weather forecast does not sound good!!  On Thursday we start with rain and the temperatures are supposed to drop.  Possibly ice at night or Friday morning.  Right now they are saying 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of ice and then several to five inches of snow.  Of course who knows if we will get both.  This upcoming storm though will be exactly one year since northern Arkansas had a really bad ice storm last year.  Some people were without power for weeks – some of my family included.  We had missed the worst of of it but still had some ice one day.  Keep your fingers crossed that we don’t have it bad once again.  Just to be prepared I am going to have Mike move the generator up to the porch and have gas for it.  No since not being prepared, we already have the wood rack full for firewood.

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6 comments… add one
  • anina Jan 26, 2010

    Thanks for the recipe!
    .-= anina´s last blog ..And the craziness continues =-.

  • Jackie Jan 26, 2010

    OMG, I have been looking for a wonderful butternut squash soup. I am definitely going to try this one!! Thank you so much for sharing it, it looks great!
    .-= Jackie´s last blog ..Sandhill Stars, Part 3 The Ugly Truth =-.

  • Crispy Jan 27, 2010

    Love the block but will pass on the soup…squash….ick LOL. I will keep everything crossed that you do not get hit with the ice storm!! I’d rather have 20 inches of snow than 1/2″ of ice.


  • Karen Jan 27, 2010

    Crispy that is what I say about pea soup – ick!

  • Alberta Price Jan 27, 2010

    your dj looks great…I also have some of that red batik but am doing my dj and FWS blocks in Civil war fabrics…still waiting to see the borders for the circles and squares

  • Marianne Jan 27, 2010

    Karen, I don’t like butternut squash much (eat it only at Thanksgiving) but I do like soup with it. I add a potato, chopped finely to make it a little creamier, and my secret ingredient: 1 T. finely minced fresh ginger. Yum!

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