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October 30, 2007

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

chives & yogurt added

butternut squash soup up close

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 4-6 people

(recipe from my Mom)

  • 2 medium butternut squash -roasted & gutted
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 cloves are garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 5 cups of veggie stock or chicken stock
  • salt & pepper to taste

-Cut butternut squash in half and dab the halves with olive oil & salt. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees until soft. This should take about 20-30 minutes. When done, let cool and scoop out filling- set aside. Heat up your soup pot (medium heat). Add oil & onion-garlic mixture. Sweat onions/garlic until soft. Add all of the spices and stir to get that nutty flavor. Add the squash, stir around until incorporated. Pour your stock in and let simmer for roughly 25 minutes. Transfer to blender, or use an immersion blender. Now you’re good to go!

***I topped this with a little plain yogurt & chopped chives. I think that sour cream or marscapone would be delish too! This soup is not only comforting but extremely creamy.  This is surprising because there’s absolutely no cream involved***

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October 29, 2007

red sox, 2007 world champions

first of all- Red Sox won!!!!! *woot woot!* We are on cloud nine in the bean household.

back from oregon. tons of fun. one the best trips up there ever. i loved every moment of it. Even staying up til 5:30am…. Worth every second. Right now i’m trying to heal as I caught the cold/flu bug. Here’s the breakdown:

ingredients for the vegan french toast erin fixes me a cup.  i love this cup moss, please aftermath from the party converse club fav punkin ever you know you want to head butt my legs again litle fluff i stepped in dog shit right after i took this littery paws existed here trunk is loaded with pumpkins! breakfast spread toast is my favorite morning hair shadow morning coffee on the deck pumpkins before carving erin's birthday goodies cream cheese with punkin butter whats that little fruit? red blue green i love oregon fall crackled old eugene house love you!

happy birthday erin. i love you!

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October 25, 2007

dear oregon,

please don’t rain on me (too much) while i visit you.  i’ll be forever grateful.

much love,

tracy

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October 23, 2007

ain’t that the truth:

street lamp meets plane

 

We were watching the movie Weather Man for the second time last night. For all you haters, it’s much better the second time around. We love that dry humor/comedy in my household. We LIVE for it.

Michael Caine’s character says this to his son, played by Nicholas Cage:

“The harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing. Nothing that has meaning is easy. Easy doesn’t factor into grown-up life.”

Ain’t that the truth!

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October 21, 2007

RED SOX WIN THE PENNANT!!!

trader joe's makes pumpkin butter, try it! take a peak at my bread i love you, dear sourdough bread toast with butter & pumpkin butter my husband is a blue hanger my side of the bed you're supposed to be filled with fresh veggies! what i look at while cleaning dishes new shoes rogue leaf sometimes my mess is better than my painting hello paint, i've missed you up close- meatball sub i could eat fries all day long goat cheese fondue with fresh tomatoes park chow menu- food/drink new pins (the right two) from craft mafia fabric scraps from craft mafia i had to have you. sprout studio! so exciting to meet you! chez panisse! october 20, 2007 i made some pom-poms for craft room

this weekend was filled with:

-pumpkin butter & toast (oh yes, it’s that time of year)

-craft mafia with the girls & a yummy comforting lunch at Park Chow in SF (fun & yum!)

– eating at chez panisse with the family (excellent! pictures need to be uploaded still)

-relaxing time at home with the hubby (briefly)

-checking cellphone for Red Sox updates/watching my hubby go nuts! YAY RED SOX! Good Luck Wednesday!

-making pom-poms for craft room (thanks martha stewart!)

-finishing a painting for my friend (can’t wait to see her this week)

-making broccoli-lemon soup (recipe posted tomorrow perhaps?)

more soon! time to watch dexter!

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October 18, 2007

one of those days

Today I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I was dragging ass for the most of the morning. At work I just couldn’t get my excel spreadsheet to work right…In the midst of figuring it out I had like 20 more things to fix/do. I called one my favorite people in the world to vent and she reminded me that I should write 3 good things down a day in my journal. Today this goes in my written journal- and online. It’s a reminder to remember that there can be good parts of the day among all the crappy parts.

So here goes….three good things that happened today:

1. the Red Sox won tonight (woot!)

2. i had a good workout at the gym that went by faster than I anticipated
3. my neighbor brought casey & i home caramel apples:

caramel apple

 

mmmmmm goey with rice krispies on bottom

 

im pacing myself with you, caramel apple

4. (just cuz i’m on a roll) I’m happy for my new flash & my new keyboard. Yay technology.

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October 15, 2007

Curry Zucchini Soup

curry zucchini soup

cheese toast

dinner tonight

Curry Zucchini Soup

  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 7 large zucchini cut into chunks
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup melted butter mixed thoroughly with 1/4 cup of flour
  • salt & pepper

In a large pot, saute onion in olive oil until transparent. Add thyme and chopped zucchini. Cook until soft. Add curry powder, cream & stock. Bring to a boil; add butter & flour mixture. Reduce heat and simmer soup for 15 minutes. Puree soup in blender or use an immersion blender.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.

**It’s the perfect fall/winter soup. My mom always makes it special on Christmas Eve. We look forward to it year after year. In the soup pictured above, I used whole milk instead of Half & Half. It tastes just fine that way. Serve with some crusty/cheesy bread or top with some bits of bacon and you have yourself a wonderfully hearty meal. ***