Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Garden Squash Soup

I've got a yummy new recipe for fall gardeners and all who like fall vegetables.  The weather has changed.  Hot sunny weather is gone.  We've had some Indian Summer days, then a stretch of rainy weather brought on the need for a bowl of warm soup, made with the vegetables of the season.

We made this recipe yesterday when it was too wet to do anything in a garden, and we will likely make it again the next time it rains again.

Garden Squash Soup
Yield: a full pot of soup for today with some left over for lunches tomorrow

6 cups of peeled diced winter squash, butternut or other orange squash
3 carrots, chopped
1 onion diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 Tablespoon of chili powder (medium to mild)
1/2 teaspoon cayanne powder (optional)

Blend until very smooth:
6 cups of water
3 stalks of celery
2 large tomatoes (for the blender)
1 cup cashews or other nuts (optional)

Add to the soup pot:
2 - 3 tomatoes diced (for the soup pot)
1/2 green pepper, diced
3 cans black beans, drained
4 cups frozen corn
6 cups fresh greens, such as spinach, beet greens, or kale, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup fresh basil or 1 Tablespoon dried basil
Salt to taste

In a large soup pot, sauté, in a little water, the first 7 ingredients for about 10 - 15 minutes.  While it is cooking blend the celery, tomatoes, and cashews until very smooth.  When the squash is tender, add the blended vegetable broth, and the remaining ingredients, and cook and stir until the greens are wilted and everything is heated through.

Watermelon - No Recipe Needed

 We've been eating out the garden for months.  
Simple food.  Simple recipes.  Simply delicious.

It's our first year to successfully grow watermelon.  All agree it was a true success.

We tried heirloom watermelon this time.  I think there is more life in those seeds.  They are huge.  In the photo below the white seed is from the orange melon, the brown and black speckled one is from the red melon.  The tiny black seed is from the grocery store melon.  The heirloom seeds are easy to find, easy to remove, and there aren't as many of them.  I like this recipe.