Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Squash Soup (2 of 2)

I hate posted recipes without some witty story to accompany them. ¬†Sadly my life has been really busy and really boring. And I really need you guys to make this soup. Cook away! And I’ll try to get more interesting next time ūüôā

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Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

You don't need to use three different squashes like I did here though they each add their own level of flavour to the soup. In general you want 9 cups total of cubed squash and sweet potatoes.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp canola/vegetable oil
  • 1 green apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 acorn squash, cubed
  • 1 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 buttercup squash cubed
  • 4-6 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • (You want the above vegetables to equal 9 cups)
  • approx. 2 cups chicken broth and 2 cups water.
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot over medium high heat add the oil onion and apple.
  2. Saute for a couple minutes, not browning, just letting the onion become soft and fragrant.
  3. Add the vegetables and stir together with onions and apples.
  4. Add the broth and water alternating one cup each until the liquid completely covers the vegetables. (depending on the pot it could be more or less than the ingredient list says.)
  5. Stir in the salt, pepper, cinnamon, allspice and coriander and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables have become soft, approximately 30-40 minutes.
  7. Let cool slightly before pureeing with either a hand immersion or upright blender. (be very careful when doing this because the liquid is still incredibly soft. If you want you can blend in batches.)
  8. Puree until silky smooth.
  9. Return soup to pot and bring to a simmer.
  10. Stir in your cream and serve.
Recipe Type: Soups, Salads and Sandwiches
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Cheesy Vegetable Gratin

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I was recently offered the chance to try out a product from Microplane Canada. ¬†Given carte blanche to pick any of their gorgeous kitchen tools I couldn’t resist picking a box grater. ¬†It’s ironic that I haven’t had one of my own before this. ¬†I grew up as the designated cheese grater in my family and the box was always what we used. ¬†Nothing is more satisfy than that light bang on the counter to get a small handful of shavings that had been hanging on to the grating blades. ¬† The handful that never made it anywhere but in my mouth.

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Moving out on my own I had plane graters, and container graters but never the upright box. ¬†Given my recent problems with my shoulder I figured the motion ¬†needed to use this type would be far easier and a lot less painful and it’s surprising how a well built, good quality kitchen tool makes you enjoy the little things in cooking. ¬†Like smooth, effortless grating.

I wanted to make a great recipe to try that would allow me to use this product to it’s full potential. ¬†This gratin did just that as well as providing my family with a rich and decadent side dish that night for dinner.

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By using cheeses and vegetables of different hardness I had a chance to try out each blade offered.

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The slicer blade work decently with soft vegetables like zucchini and squash but required a little more elbow grease than I had hoped and was rather awkward to do safely. I would not give up my mandolin any day. Since my main use for this kitchen tool would be cheeses I was not too concerned that this slicer wouldn’t get used. ¬†Everyone needs slices of cheese too.

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The medium ribbon blade worked wonders creating gorgeous wide strips of dairy goodness. ¬†Of course it’s almost impossible to not grab a handful.

The fine zester and the coarse blades also had no trouble shredding up my cheeses without frustratingly gumming up the grater.  I particularly love the look of the curls the course blade created.

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The rubber legs are amazing at keeping the grater in place while I used it and have I mentioned how utterly gorgeous this tool looks with its stainless steel blades. ¬†Even after using and washing regularly it’s still shiny and new. ¬†As I mentioned before a good quality kitchen tool like this grater makes the world of difference when you are cooking in the kitchen. ¬†Your time should be spent tasting and creating not struggling over your prep.

Check out Microplane at the Toronto Gift Fair this coming weekend to help them celebrate 20 years in grater business.  There will be cake and prizes, as well as an opportunity to check out this amazing product.

*This is a sponsered post and while I did receive this grater free to try from Microplane, the recipe and opinions are solely mine.

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    Sweet Potato

    Sweet Potato

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    • Soil Type: Any
    • Height: 10′
    • Width: 10″
    • Bloom Time: Summer
    • Bloom Colour: Yellow
    • Foliage Colour: Green, purple/black
    • Pests and Disease: Mites, scab, rot, nematodes, weevil, leaf miner, grubs, aphids
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    • Special Features: Edibles
    • Zone: 9-12

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