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Post  Chopper 9/30/2010, 8:41 pm

I picked one of my two acorn squashes today. I used it in a soup that I love. It turned out to be slightly unripe, but not too bad. I ended up adding a few things to the soup for volume b/c the seed cavity was larger than I had expected so there was not as much meat as I had hoped.

Below is the recipe. I normally interchange any winter squash for the sweet potato. In the case of this soup I added a carrot, a beet and a garlic clove b/c that is what I had on hand along with the squash. I was afraid that since the squash was not fully ripe it would not have the full flavor I like.

It turned out super, so no complaints. And the beet gave it a lovely color.

Ingredients
4 cups Roasted Vegetable Broth (I used chicken broth today)
2 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 cup reduced-fat (2%) milk (or 1 can coconut milk - yum! or 1 can evaporated milk)
Plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Preparation
Bring broth to boil in large saucepan.
Add sweet potatoes and curry powder; cover and simmer until potatoes are very tender, about 20 minutes.
Using slotted spoon, transfer sweet potatoes to processor. Puree until smooth.
Add 1 cup broth; process until well blended. Return mixture to saucepan with broth.
Add milk; bring to simmer. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Rewarm over medium heat.)
Ladle soup into bowls.
Top with dollop of yogurt. Sprinkle with chives.
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Post  camprn 9/30/2010, 8:47 pm

That sounds very yummy! Thanks for sharing. (PS: I hope your weather is more bearable today).
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Post  Megan 9/30/2010, 9:06 pm

That is interesting. I have a really nice curried squash soup recipe that uses summer squash. Now if I can just find it!!!
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Post  Chopper 9/30/2010, 9:21 pm

@camprn wrote:That sounds very yummy! Thanks for sharing. (PS: I hope your weather is more bearable today).

Here is the weird thing. It hit that 115 F the other day with more supposedly to follow as you know, but it has been overcast ever since. And today it rained. So although it has been hot, the sun has taken a break and the rainy day has kept things cooler. My plants were like "What is happening? The sky is falling". Some of them have never seen real rain.

Just came in from my balcony from watching the lightening. Cheap thrills CA style. LOL
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Post  camprn 9/30/2010, 9:23 pm

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@camprn wrote:That sounds very yummy! Thanks for sharing. (PS: I hope your weather is more bearable today).

Here is the weird thing. It hit that 115 F the other day with more supposedly to follow as you know, but it has been overcast ever since. And today it rained. So although it has been hot, the sun has taken a break and the rainy day has kept things cooler. My plants were like "What is happening? The sky is falling". Some of them have never seen real rain.

Just came in from my balcony from watching the lightening. Cheap thrills CA style. LOL
The cheap thrills sound pretty darn good!
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Post  Megan 9/30/2010, 9:29 pm

I still miss the LA skyline. It's amazing how you can just see for miles and miles.

I went camping once in Joshua Tree National Monument. Now THERE was some awesome night sky! So dry, almost no light pollution... we stayed up for what seemed like hours counting shooting stars. Another night, Camp Pendleton was practicing night drops, and that too was awesome, in a completely different way.
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Post  boffer 9/30/2010, 10:07 pm

Wyldflower needs to chime in. I spent a year in Denver, off and on, and the electrical storms were magnificent. They were much better than what I saw growing up in Ohio. 'Cheap entertainment'? I would have paid!

Western WA doesn't even get out of the starting gate when it comes to lightening. Sad
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Post  Chopper 9/30/2010, 10:11 pm

I have a view facing south that is great as I am on a hill. It looks to far off mountains in each direction. The real thrill is that we NEVER get lightening storms and rain this early is not unheard of, but also a treat. During the storm the rain was south and west of me. Unfortunately, I was all out of popcorn.
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Post  Wyldflower 10/1/2010, 1:33 pm

@boffer wrote:Wyldflower needs to chime in.

It's been pretty dry this year, but we had some phenomenal thunderstorms in July! It's just amazing watching the lightning on top of Pikes Peak, while it's clear down here in Colorado Springs! I like to sit on my front porch (with a view of the Peak) and enjoy the show whenever I can! I think lightning storms are some of my favorite things!
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Post  bettyd_z7_va 10/11/2010, 12:20 pm

Lightening may be fun to watch far off, but I live between 2 hills.

If I see lightening- I RUN FOR COVER!!!

A family friend lost her teenaged son to a lightening strike a few years ago. Another local boy the year before.

It would probably be a good show for y'all watching me try to time the strikes and run from the car to the house in between!

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Post  LaFee 10/11/2010, 12:35 pm

Central Florida is the lightning capital of the world - I have NEVER seen electrical storms anywhere like the ka-ray-zee ones they have in THAT neck of the woods.

From a safe vantage point, it's an awesome sight.
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Post  Old Hippie 10/11/2010, 12:40 pm

@Wyldflower wrote:

It's been pretty dry this year, but we had some phenomenal thunderstorms in July! It's just amazing watching the lightning on top of Pikes Peak, while it's clear down here in Colorado Springs! I like to sit on my front porch (with a view of the Peak) and enjoy the show whenever I can! I think lightning storms are some of my favorite things!

We used to live in Manitoba. I LOVE the prairie thunderstorms. They are not nearly as good out west here as a rule. On a canoe trip a few years ago we got caught out on a lake in the middle of one and that is a whole different feeling. affraid The thunder echoing and re-echoing off the mountains was amazing but I don't care to repeat that experience.

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Post  LaFee 10/11/2010, 12:47 pm

By the way...you can use pumpkin in any recipe that calls for squash, too.
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