In a fit of "this showed up in our CSA box and I need to cook it, OMG, hellllp!" madness, I made Winter Squash Soup tonight. Well, tonight and last night since I used last night to cook the squash.

It turned out remarkably well for an impromptu soup, so I'm posting the recipe here. Maybe later I'll discuss the past weekend in the mountains (fabulous; tLD got to pet an amazing number of animals; there was riding and relaxing and the Gold Rush Festival was notable for not tempting either [livejournal.com profile] outlawcoon or myself to spend any money), but right now, I give you soup!

I used one medium-sized butternut squash and two very small acorn squash. I cooked them last night in the over for some period of time until done. Tonight, I chopped up one medium yellow onion, one box of mini-bella mushrooms and a head of garlic which I sauteed in butter and chicken broth until translucent. Meanwhile, I cooked about 2 cups of wild rice and pureed the squash in the food processor along with some more chicken broth. Add some generous heaping of curry powder and the rest of the box of chicken broth (about 3 cups, I think in total) and cook until hot all the way through.

It still lacked something, so we experimented with cayenne pepper (good; use sparingly), cloves (my favorite), cinnamon (a little too sweet) and mustard (also tasty) in various bowls. Next time, I'm going to try adding some apple.
More produce arrived yesterday: cabbage, spinach, brussel sprouts, carrots, collards, leeks, spring onions, lettuce (2 types) and deeply healthy muffins.

I've never cooked brussel sprouts before. My current plan is to cook them fairly simply -- sautee with a little bacon -- and see how they taste. Once I know the base recipe, I'll feel better about further experimentation. However, if anyone has a really good recipe, I'd love to hear it.
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( May. 5th, 2006 09:12 am)
As I was As I was driving into work yesterday, I passed a motorcycle cop who was parked by the side of the highway. The cop had just come back from the woods and was preparing to get on his bike again. While I would like to think that he had stopped because he had seen something of a danger to the public and was bravely risking life and limb to protect us all, I suspect (given that he was adjusting his fly) that he had actually stopped to take a leak.

There is an outside chance that I may get the opportunity to go shoot Big Guns(tm) as part of a team-building exercise at work. I am thrilled by this notion. [livejournal.com profile] dorsai, I promise a full write-up if I'm allowed to go.

I cooked a really tasty dinner on Wednesday. Spaghetti squash topped with a meat and eggplant tomato sauce. I was surprised at how well it turned out, and I will be sticking it on my list of foods to make again.

Tomorrow is my – dear gods – sixth year wedding anniversary. Look! I put it on my calendar and thus I remembered the date! I'm lousy with dates, and so the perpetual calendar makes my life much much easier. I am also suddenly struck with amusement by the thought that (should we last that long) our fiftieth wedding anniversary will be in 2050. Twenty-Fifty. Really, that's a date that should be associated with all sorts of weird futuristic techno-toys. Not something that I might actually see in my lifetime.

Enough for now. More later.
This weekend was too damned cold. The blue sky was tempting me to go out and play in the warm spring weather, but the warm spring weather just wasn't there. I did get out for a walk yesterday with the rat and sprogling, but the wind was still pretty biting.

Still, gaming was much fun on Saturday. We wrapped up a year long side-quest with one hell of a fight. No one died, but it was one of the fantastic fights where up until the last monster falls, you aren't sure if it's going to be victory or a TPK. It was a very close shave, and in some ways we were luckier than we deserved. (Of course, the GM also rolled several 20s all in a row, so maybe we weren't that lucky.) Alas, now the Monty Haul portion of the campaign is over. I have to give back my nifty Holy Avenger without ever having swung it once. I sniff.

Spent yesterday pretty much lazing around. Read a book, played with the Bit, even fired up Sim City for a bit. I also cooked Watchchagot Soup which turned out quite well. Whatchagot Soup is a time honored recipe that calls for taking what you've got in the fridge that needs cooking, dumping it into a pot, adding water and cooking for some amount of time. It's like meatloaf only in soup form instead of lump form. Turned out really tasty this time. Sometimes not so much, but this was a good batch.

Does anyone else use a specific dish to absorb fridge leftovers?
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