Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Squash Soups

This is my first recipe post. Until now, I've been posting how to eat nutritiously and how small family farms are integral for freshly picked and quality grown goods. "Winter me, summer me" with these great soups!
Summer Squash, Zucchini Soup
Newly inspired by the discovery of zucchini soup. Why is it such a great discovery? Soups are a great way to eat. The nutritional value of zucchini is minor but a fair amount in the dark green skin. Summer squash is abundant and needs lots of ways to be cooked. The water content is high, so soup is a natural recipe and you do not have to add stock. No cream and yet this is one of the creamiest soups I've ever had, partially because of the butter but also because the vegetable purees so nicely! Don't skip the butter but you can be versatile with everything else. Click on the link/title above to see the utube video presentation.

Zucchini, sponge inner and seeds removed, chopped with skins on
Onion - 3 per zucchini, or one large Spanish onion
Garlic - 3 cloves per zucchini
Butter and Olive oil to saute onions and garlic
Large handful of Herb of choice (mint, parsley, or basil)

Start in sauce pan by sauteing onions and garlic in olive oil until the onions are translucent. Half way through this process you can add water to cover to prevent browning. Than add zucchini and simmer until cooked. Add a good amount of salt. Add herb and steep in hot liquid for one minute or two. Puree everything in blender, food processor, or hand blender. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, or chill. This soup is great hot or cold.

Winter Squash, Pumpkin Soup
Onion, Garlic saute in Butter and Olive oil, same as above
Apples and Pumpkin steamed or boiled in Spring water which will be the veggie stock
Fresh Ginger - chopped small, and tumeric and other Morroccan spices, Saffron, Paprika, Cumin, Cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
The photo on your left is th marina di chioggia heirloom that I grew and photographed. One of the thickest of the pumpkins.
Please contact me for all you squash needs for best prices.

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