Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Butternut Acorn Squash Bisque

I couldn't resist visiting this favorite. Butternut Squash soup is truly one of my favorites. In passing I came across a recipe that mixed acorn squash and butternut squash. Who can resist the flavors of autumn. This soup I put bought all the ingredients and literally just put the soup together. Although, after I made the soup I listened to The Splendid Table and heard more scrumptious items to put into the bisque.  My soup was very thick and creamy.

Butternut Acorn Squash Bisque
About 1 2 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch chunks
About 1  3/4 lb acorn squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch chunks
3 cups chicken stock
1 white onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, peeled and chopped with leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 teaspoons curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup almond milk
Place sauce pot on heat to warm over medium heat, and add olive oil to heat. Add celery, carrots, and white onion and saute until translucent. Add the garlic and brown slightly. then add the chicken stock and squash. Add the curry. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 20 minutes or until heated through. Once heated through, process the soup in a food processor until blended smooth, or blender, or with a hand blender.

I headed back to school like many of kids. I headed off to school online with Quinnipiac University. This is my first time heading to school online and I can say it is quite an adventure.

Quinnipiac University
Quinnipiac University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Enjoy the soup,

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

It is Time to Get Artistic in the Bakery ... How about a Zebra Cake

Here is the Zebra Cake that was made for my Grandma's birthday.
Here is the zebra cake inside. Definitely an artistic delight. The icing gave it that extra dark chocolate fudge goodness.
This is the cake mix I used, although it should be noted to make a two layer cake, you need two boxes of cake mix. The cake mix is Chef Duff Goldman's from Charm City Cakes in Baltimore.

Chef Duff and Michael's
Chef Duff and Michael's (Photo credit: Stacie Joy for CTTC)
Here is Chef Duff if you haven't seen him before. He is not your average cake baker. His friends who help him decorate the cake aren't your average cake decorators, but I think most people have heard the story. He has personality.

Here is a layer...

Picture perfect.
If you take your time you can have a beautiful cake, and beautiful cake slices.
It was yummy!

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