(Butter)Nutty Squash Soup

I am the first to admit that I am a follower of…

(Butter)Nutty Squash Soup | http://simplicityssakeblog.comI am the first to admit that I am a follower of recipes. Rarely do I “wing it” in the kitchen, not fully anyway. I always start with a recipe, and maybe I’l tweak it a little depending on what I have in the fridge. But make it up as I go along? Gracious no. I absolutely believe that spontaneity belongs on the kitchen. Just maybe… perhaps… not my kitchen.

But sometimes the stars (or rather the contents of the fridge) align, and suddenly I get bold. One cold January weekend, I looked at the random bits of things I needed to use up, and I thought, “That would make a damn delicious soup. Yes, yes it would.” A half a can of coconut milk + 1/3 butternut squash + some almond butter I’d bought on a whim for a random recipe = culinary inspiration, apparently. Add in a few things I always have in my pantry – onions, potato, stock, and some spice – and I came up with the most delicious, creamy, nutty, I’m-going-to-make-it-again-this-week squash soup you ever did taste. I really am going to make it again. Like, this week. And maybe next week too. It was THAT good. Make it for guests good. Eat it for breakfast even though soup is not a breakfast food good (not that I did. Except I did.) I came up with this dish on a whim, but henceforth I can assure you, I will be making it on purpose. And often! I hope you love it as much as I do.

Spiced Cream of Pumpkin Soup

There is a sacred ritual that I undertake each fall; it involves a…

Spiced Cream of Pumpkin Soup | http://simplicityssakeblog.comThere is a sacred ritual that I undertake each fall; it involves a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a walk through Central Park while the leaves are changing. It always reminds me why I love living in NYC, and bolsters me for the coming cold months when I curse the city and its sloshy streets, bitter wind, and snow piles taller than me. On the crisp autumn day that I complete my ritual, the sun is always shining, my latte is hot and oh-so-pumpkiny, and January couldn’t seem farther away.

To me, pumpkin =  fall, and fall = my favorite season; therefore pumpkin = happiness. My logic is irrefutable and undeniable, and I am not ashamed to admit that I even had a pumpkin pie filled donut from Dunkin’ Donuts the other day. Well, maybe I am a little ashamed. But I just admitted it anyway, because it was damn tasty.

I’ve also been shamelessly sprinkling pumpkin spice on my coffee grounds in the morning, and then promptly whipping up a pumpkin pie smoothie for breakfast.

I admit it might be a sickness… but the only cure I know of is more pumpkin.

Creamy Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Creamy Hungarian Mushroom Soup

This weekend in NYC showed the two sides of fall. Saturday was…

Creamy Hungarian Mushroom Soup | http://simplicityssakeblog.comThis weekend in NYC showed the two sides of fall. Saturday was the icky, gray, rainy sort of day that makes you want to stay inside all day (we did) and binge-watch The Blacklist (we did that too). Sunday, however, dawned bright and crisp, and didn’t look like it had ever seen a raindrop – the perfect day for a trip to the farmer’s market, a walk on the Upper West Side, and stumbling across some sort of heritage celebration/parade.

Both days, in their oh-so-fallness, were perfect for eating soup, which is fortuitous, since I have declared October “Soup Month.” This mushroom is one of my new favorites, a thisclose approximation of the recipe found in Moosewood Restaurant Favorites. (Just with a few modifications to make it a tad healthier and not-so-strict vegetarian). You can’t really go wrong with any of their recipes, honestly, but this one is especially delicious, earthy, and creamy – the perfect combination for a fall soup!

Thai Chicken Zucchini Stew

The leaves are turning, the sun is setting earlier and earlier, and…

Thai Chicken Zucchini Stew | http://simplicityssakeblog.comThe leaves are turning, the sun is setting earlier and earlier, and that means two things:

1. It’s fall!

2. This here’s soup weather.

Not that you can’t eat soup year-round. I do. You should, too. But the recent change in temps is making me crave warm bowls of soupiness even more than usual. Then, I reviewed my recipe collection here and realized it was woefully lacking in the soup and stew department. How I managed to share a whole year’s worth of recipes and only a handful of soups, I do not know, as I make at least one batch a week. Sometimes two. Sometimes I go a little crazy and make 14 servings of my favorite Soupe au Pistou so that we are obliged to eat it twice a day and still have to give some to friends, and then my husband puts his foot down and says No. More. Soup. Which is fine, for a little while, but then my soup pot beckons and I am at it again. Because soup is basically the perfect dish, and here’s why: