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Living a gourmet life, with a fast-food lifestyle.

....and now the truth about yesterday 
Oct. 14, 2010 5:34 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2010 9:35 am
Ok, in theory, the idea of double the work and save half the time sort of works.  Today's dinner butternut squash soup, seemed like such a good idea -- yesterday. But, here's where the gourmet comes in. If I hadn't pre-prepared the squash, I would have just grabbed something to eat, for the sake of eating. Instead, I quickly whipped up the soup, using the recipe from the Cuisinart cookbook (yes! the food processor arrived! The mac-daddy of all kitchen buzz saws, that makes quick work of any chopping, slicing, dicing, or pureeing, in mere moments.)

I'm not posting the recipe, though because while it was delicious, I need to tweak it a bit, first because I found it to be a bit heavy in ginger, for my taste -- sorry. BTW, if somebody has a good recipe for butternut soup that is not heavy with cream, let me know.

Next, I put the food processor to work and sliced up some apples I purchased  last weekend at a roadside stand in Southern Indiana. Did I want to? Nope, not really. But I had time to kill while the soup cooked and I hate having to eat fast or heavily preserved food, because it's all that is available when I don't cook with the fresh stuff, and it rots. So I made up my favorite apple betty. recipe, while the soup cooked. BTW, I bought a lot of apples, so that I could make and freeze my next favorite autumn dessert: apple dumplings. Except that even with the frozen pastry dough used in this recipe, they are too much work.

Not a problem though, last year, I had an extra jar of mincemeat on the shelves, and using that inside  the cored apples, with a smidge of walnuts, is to die for! I assemble them, and put them in single serve containers that can stack in my freezer. When I crave a sweet dessert in the thick of winter, I pop one out, put it in an oven-proof bowl, and bake it with dinner.

I'm posting a picture of my kitchen -- while it may be efficient, and effective to stack my meal preparation, nobody ever said it was pretty -- it only means that I clean half as many kitchen disasters. Just being honest with you -- I'm not the expert, just one who works at it.  Share some of your best ideas, when you get a chance. When one person posts, we all get better :)
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Oct. 14, 2010 8:30 pm
My next blog might be pics of a few of the kitchens I've called "mine" in our nomadic years. My most recent photo looks so much like this one...stuff stacked here and there in the heat of battle...I mean in the joy of cooking. Your apple desserts on standby sound yummy.
Oct. 14, 2010 8:32 pm
Oh...also, I commend your use of time, even though you were not necessarily in the mood right then. Those bulk purchase bargains are no bargains, if we let them get all gooty on us, right? Good job!
Oct. 15, 2010 3:29 am
Yes, the apple goodies sounds great as well as easy.
Oct. 15, 2010 5:18 am
If you like curry, you'll probably like this recipe for butternut squash soup (about 162 calories/cup). Source: The Silver Palette Cookbook. Curried Butternut Squash Soup Serves 8 4 tbsp. olive oil 2 medium onions, diced 4-6 tbsp. curry powder (depending on taste) 2 apples, red delicious (or Granny Smith) peeled, cored, and diced 4 c. butternut squash, seeds removed, peeled and diced (about 1 large butternut squash) 4 c. fat free chicken broth 7 oz. apple juice 1 salt and pepper to taste sour cream (optional) In a soup pot, sautee the onions and curry powder in the olive oil until the onions are translucent (about 20 minutes). Meanwhile, peel and dice the squash and apples. Add the squash, apples, and chicken broth to the onion/curry mix and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, or until squash and apples are fully cooked. Add the apple juice, stir well, and cook for another 5 minutes. Puree the mix with an immersion blender (or a counter-top blender if you don't have the hand-held kind) until smooth. Serve hot with an optional dollop of sour cream. Have fun!
Oct. 15, 2010 6:40 am
Share some ideas about the disaster in your kitchen (lol)? One thing that really, truly helps me is I wash as I go. Its a no-brainer and some are efficient at doing it and others just aren't (i.e. my husband). I run a sink full of hot, soapy water and when I have a smidgen of time between preps, I rinse and load the dishwasher with the dishes I've used thus far. I don't have suggestions for butternut squash soup (I'm sorry!) but I LOVE your apple dumpling idea! My granddad loves apple dumplings and that's an excellent idea about freezing them and then baking them when you want a sweet treat.
Oct. 15, 2010 12:22 pm
Cooks with clean kitchens make me nervous. Love yours.. it looks like mine when I'm done!
Oct. 18, 2010 9:35 am
Now I'm craving Apple Dumplings!That's what my kitchen looks like when my HUSBAND cooks! At least I have a husband who knows how to cook and does and I'm thankful for that! BellsAZ--cooks w/clean kitchens make you nervous?! That's too funny. My mom always cleaned up as she went along so I do too.
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