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Sunday, January 10, 2010

So this is part of another goal.

I'm aces at baking.  Seriously.  Cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins...Sticky and sweet, crisp and buttery. Me, sugar, flour, and butter can go wonderful places.  I can handle frying and baking and grilling a variety of meats and vegetables, too.  Casseroles, pizza, all things I am confident making.

Not so when it comes to soups and sauces.

I spent the last year mastering a basic sausage gravy.  And still end up with something that has to be eaten right away or it crosses the line from 'gravy' to 'sausage jello'.  Which, while tasty, is still kind of eew.

2010 will be the year of soups and sauces, culinarily.  I'm continuing to bake, that's just a given.  But making soups I'm proud of is a goal.  Sauces that don't curdle and break...I'm hoping.

One step closer.

Butternut Squash Soup
The recipe called it a 'curried' soup, given the presence of some curry powder.  I shan't argue, but I think it's more an afterthought than a significant component in the flavor.  Topped with cashews and coconut.  The coconut is wonderful, the cashews don't contribute much.  The recipe is from Food Network magazine by Ina Garten, but the version in the magazine substitutes chicken stock for water/apple cider.  I think next time I'll use vegetable stock instead, and maybe some coconut milk.

It was deemed (by myself and my husband) as good.  :)


Monkeyswag said...

I should come to your page after I eat, then maybe I wouldn't get so hungry while reading about your chef-isms. Good stuff.

Ressa (ressamac on Twitter) said...

I have as yet to develop a taste for curry although I would like to. This looks yum.