Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Got Apples? This soup will please your palate!

Today started out pretty well. A gorgeous full moon slipped to the west just as the sun lit up a cloudless blue sky to the east. We got the kids off to school after family prayer and scriptures and a warm breakfast of eggs and toast (made out of that delightful maple apple oatmeal bread). I played catch up on folding yesterday's laundry and had just finished tidying up the kitchen and drinking my spinach smoothie when the phone rang. 

"Kari, are you okay? Rachel just called and said she was worried because you haven't picked her up to take her to work yet."

Oh no!  I totally spaced that today is Wednesday -- my morning to take our sweet neighbor to her job in Lindon. I stammered an apology and told Rachel's mom I would leave immediately. Rachel graciously reassured me that I was not the only person to forget. That almost made me feel worse. But I got her to work and tonight I will write this obligation down on all of the Wednesdays in my planner instead of just a week at a time.

I use the dining table as my office space. I can see out the windows to the back and the front and watch the world while I work. I thought the police officer walking up to the front door wanted to talk to Natasha. I cringed when I heard him tell her he needed to talk to me. He handed me a subpoena to appear in court tomorrow to testify against the guy that assaulted Natasha back in July. Ugh. Thank goodness I saved a bowl of the yummy chowder that Sandy Vernon served at the luncheon yesterday because I needed some serious comfort food. A piece of Cadbury dark chocolate helped a lot too.

too many apples!
That scrumptious chowder got me to thinking about using apples in a soup. Did you know that the crab apple is the only variety of apple that is native to North America? I had no idea! Here's a picture of the crab apple tree in my back yard.
 As you can see, I haven't even started harvesting those apples yet.

A few more facts about apples (according to the University of Illinois Extension website):
   * Apple blossom is the state flower of  Michigan.
   * Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free and a medium apple has about 80 calories.
   * Charred apples have been found in prehistoric dwellings in Switzerland.

Okay...back to the soup. Another friend served a Butternut Squash and Apple soup yesterday. I Googled a recipe and found this one from Emeril. I sampled the result just before writing this. You know how when you rub a dog's belly and you hit just the right spot and the dog starts kicking his leg back and forth as fast as he can? Oh. My. Deliciousness. I sliced some apples to go with the soup and got out a loaf of French Bread. Here's the recipe: I doubled this don't get confused by the pictures.
Squash from my sister-in-law's garden and apples from our trees.

Emeril's Butternut Squash and Apple Soup   

4 slices of bacon
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 large leek
1 large clove garlic ( I always add a little extra...but I love, love, love fresh garlic!)
1/2 bay leaf
salt, pepper to taste

1 1/4 lbs butternut squash, seeded, peeled, and cubed
Can't you just smell the bacon!
1 medium Granny Smith apple - peeled and chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup water
2 Tbls. sour cream, plus more for garnish                    
Apples, unpeeled and sliced for garnish

here's one of those peeler/corer/slicer thingamabobs!

Chop up and cook the bacon. Set it aside for garnish. Use 1 1/3 Tbls of the rendered grease to saute your onions, leeks, bay leaf, and garlic until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add your squash, apple, broth and water.

Ready to cook.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 - 25 minutes -- until the squash is tender. Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup in a blender. Put in a clean saucepan. Whisk in the sour cream. Heat over a med.-low heat until hot, but DO NOT BOIL. Serve with a garnish of crumbled bacon, a dollop of sour cream and chopped or sliced apple.

Makes about 4 1/2 cups. (Recipe from

Be careful! It is hot!

Warm hugs!


  1. That soup looks amazing!! Can we just come live with you? You always have the most delicious looking things cooking at your house! I have one of those apple peeler things, they make eating apples a whole lot more fun.

  2. Hi Brittney! Haha! Didn't you do that once? Of course we would love to have you any time. Becky would be happy about it too, I am sure! Thank you for the kind words. We are all looking forward to seeing those adorable boys!