Friday, October 30, 2009
Happy Holiday~Eat Well~
Halloween has orgins that go back thousands of years.
Many people, especially Christians, denounce this holiday as having evil and demonic roots.
I believe most of the holidays that we know and celebrate today have roots in a history that had a different meaning or mode of celebration than what we have come to practice and believe.
I also believe all history is worthy of being studied and considered, it is after all where we all come from.
This link will give you some good overviews of this and other holiday histories.
Enjoy and have a safe and fun Halloween...celebrate your ancestry.
I wish you all good health, and happy spirits. ( pun intended )
Enjoy a delicious winter soup dish while celebrating the holiday~
White Baby Pumpkins can be interchanged with winter squash in most any dish.
Summer Squash and Winter Squash are different in texture and taste.
Most Summer Squash can be cooked with the skin because it is tender and thin.
Winter Squash however is thick and the skin will usually be tough and somewhat bitter to the taste. The seeds are bigger and will need to be removed.
Some favorites of ours:
You can use left-over baked squash in this soup or start with fresh or frozen Winter squash.
(WINTER SQUASH SOUP)
5 cups cubed raw squash or 3 cups cooked
2-1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tsp real salt
1 tsp basil
1 cup dried skim milk
1 tbsp torula yeast
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 lb fresh spinach-optional
If using raw squash or pumpkin, cook it in the broth until tender.
Blend or puree the cooked squash and put it in your soup pot to heat.
Saute'the onion in the oil, add parsley and cook just until hot and wilted.
Add onion, parsley, and all other seasonings to the squash.
Remove a cup of the soup and put it into the blender.Add the milk powder and yeast, blending until smooth. Pour back into the pot and simmmer for 10 to 20 minutes. ( Do Not Boil)
For a lighter soup with a satiny texture, you may omit the milk.
Spinach and squash/pumpkin are the best of friends.
Add fresh spinach chopped into small pieces just before end of cooking time.
This will serve 6 to 8 people.
(Squash Bisque) ( A New Orleans flavor)
1/2 cup fresh, real butter
1 large onion
2 med. size potatoes, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
4 cups fresh or 2 packages frozen(defrosted) yellow squash
1 quart chicken stock ( homemade if possible)
1 tbsp real salt> (Or 2 tbsp of Sage Hill Farms Cajun blend.)
1/4 tsp cayenne>
1 cup cream
Melt butter, saute' onion. Add vegetables, stock, salt and pepper.
Cook on med heat, covered, until tender(about45 min)
Puree in blender-1/2 at a time.
Return to pot and add cream, check seasoning.
Sprinkle with paprika just before serving.
Sage Hill Farms