Tis’ The Season…Butternut Squash Soup.

{Take seeds out}

{Remove Skin}

{Freshly Made Vegetable Stalk}

{Butternut Squash Soup}

I finally got around to making this soup from scratch. If your not a big fan of cooking- I think soups are probably easier than whipping up anything in the kitchen…especially this one. Fall means everything squash is in season, so why not make some delicious Butternut Squash Soup. This is very affordable (Squash was $1 I think @ Famers Market.)

What you will need:

  • 1 Butternut sqaush (Makes enough for about 5 people)
  • Veggie or Chicken Stalk  ( I made my own veggie stalk)
  •  Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
  • Nutmeg (1 teaspoon)
  • Honey/Agave (1.5 tablesppon)
  • Heavy Whipping Cream (Optional)
  • Salt ( To taste)
  • Parsley (Garnish)

Cut squash in half/ take seeds out. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Start by baking the squash at 400 degrees on cookie sheet for about 1 hour (or until squash is soft.) Once squash is soft, you can either scoop out of the skin, or cut skin off. Place squash in blender or food processor  w/about 3 cups of veggie or chicken stalk to get a pureed consitancy. Take out of blender and place in pot on med/high heat (you want a small boil.) If consitancy is too thick you can slowly add more stalk. Add salt, agave or honey, nutmeg, cinnamon and heavy cream (optional- I used only 1/2 cup bc my tummy doesn’t like cream based soups). If the soup is too sweet you can always add a few red pepper flakes to add a kick.

*I am not a fan of store bought veggie stalk so I made my own. I baked the squash for about 30 minutes to get soft, so when I cut the skin off it wouldn’t be so hard. I then placed sqaush in a large pot with water, carrots,celary, garlic, white onion, zuchini and let boil until veggies can’t cook any longer. From this I took the squash out of broth- while draining the broth and throwing the boiled veggies out. If you don’t use all of it, just throw in the freezer in a plastic bag and you can use at a later date.

This soup is SO good, and I’m not just saying that because I made it! Hope you enjoy…

Cheers To The Weekend &The SF Giants!

{Cutest niece & nephew}

{Halloween Prezel Pumpkins}

Happy Monday everyone! Hard to believe it’s already the END of October. Where does the time go? We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend- 80 degrees AND the Giants sweep the Tigers!? Wow, I’ll take it! I am not a huge baseball fan, but these last 4 games were surely worth catching.  I am happy to be from an area where the fans radiate so much energy for their team. Thoughts and prayers going out to all friends on the East Coast as hurricane Sandy passes through. Over the weekend I had a chance to do some Halloween baking, spend some quality time with my sister + niece and nephew and of course made it on a nice Sunday morning hike/farmers market yesterday. Thanks to my ultimate crafty sister- she helped with some baking (will post tomorrow) and these cute Halloween prezel pumpkins. Clearly, they are only semi healthy (organic prezels/non gmo graham crackers) but for the sake of the holiday I splurged. Just a sidenote: I left everything with my sister and the kids…they are fully stalked on Halloween goodies! 🙂

Hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s Monday…make it a great week.

Sunday Farmers’ Market

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great 2 days off. My weekend was great- a concert Friday night, a gathering with long time girlfriends on Saturday followed by a relaxing Sunday. It was just what I needed after a fully scheduled last week. My favorite part of the weekend is Sunday Farmers Market. It’s an excuse to get out of the house, listen to some great music (this week was ragae) and support our local farmers, otherwise known as CSA (Community Supported Agriculture.) The best part is that EVERYTHING is in season, mostly organically grown (SO IMPORTANT) which means it probably looks a little different than your average grocery store, not to mention it’s cheaper. If you go towards closing time that is when the deals happen. Sometimes they will even do 2 for 1 just to get rid of the item. When I attend I usually go to the Campbell farmers market. This will soon be my new place of residence so it will just be a bike ride away. If you are one of those people who can’t see going to Whole Foods to pay the “high price” of organically/in season produce, I highly reccomend you attend your next farmers market. They are usually thoughout the week- some on Wednesday’s, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays. This is a great way to show community support as well as show that you care about what you are eating. As organic food is beyond important so is knowing where your food comes from. The idea that you actually know where your food is coming from and when it was picked is a far stretch from your standard grocery store where food is often flavorless + picked and shipped weeks before it hits the store or the dinner table. You are probably so used to the lack of flavor that you consider it normal. Imagine that…YUK!

What is your favorite Farmers Market?

List of Bay Area Farmers Markets

What is GMO?

Food for Thought…

Locally grown food tastes better- Food grown in your own community was probably picked within the past day or two. It’s crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Food studies show that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is about 1,500 miles. Wow!

Local Food is GMO free- Although biotechnology companies have been trying to commercialze genetically motified fruits and vegetables, they are currently liscensing them out to only large factory-style farms. Local farmers don’t have access to genetically motified sees, and most wouldn’t use if they could.

Local food supports local farm families– With fewer than 1 million Americans now claiming farming as their primary occupation, farmers are a vanishing breed and no wonder commodity prices are at historic lows, often below the cost of food production. The farmer now gets less than 10 cents of the retail food dollar. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middlemand and get full retail price for their food- which means farm families can affort to stay on the farm doing what they love.

Local food is about the future– By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that their will be farms in your community tomorrow & the future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful & abundant food.

Weekend 10k & More

What is the best part about the weekend? For me, it is being able to work out/hang out with friends, enjoy the weather, and my ultimate favorite is the Farmers market! Next to Nordstrom, the FM and Whole Foods are my favorite places to be! There is no comparison when it comes to taste of the fruits and veggies and I love the access to only what is in SEASON. The vendors are friendly and most importantly local. If you don’t usually visit the Farmers Market, I hope you reconsider and make this a weekly habit. It might make you excited to prepare your meals for the week!

Sunday was an early one! I ran a 10k (6.2 mile)  race. I was all good until mile 4 when my legs started to feel like I was carrying weights on them. They were sore from a prior workout earlier in the week, but never the less I still managed to finish in an hour! Until the next one!

P.S. Just watched the documentary #FoodFight earlier in the week and loved it! Happy to have access to farmers markets and #REALFOOD everyday!#educateamerica CHECK IT OUT!