I know. I know. You just keeled over in astonishment.
Well, it was my turn to make dinner tonight and rather than falling back on my old standbys of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup or scrambled eggs and sausage or oatmeal and fruit...or my absolute worst idea: cocoa puffs and peanut butter toast...
I decided to use up the pumpkins in our garden and make pumpkin soup. And not only did I pull it off...but it was GRAND. I impressed myself.
So..here is another recipe (never thought you would see 2 recipes in one year from me, didja?)
Pumpkin Chipotle Soup
1 small dried chipotle chile
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 white onion, chopped
1 apple (the sweeter the better, I use a honey crisp one),peeled, cored, and sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 1/2 cups pumpkin (or one 29 ounce can...but I used the pumpkins in my garden and I always think that fresh is best)
4 1/2 cups vegetable stock (Bing always has stock in the freezer...but I suppose canned would work just fine)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
juice of 1 lime
kosher salt to taste
16 cilantro leaves (again...I use herbs from my garden, fresh is just better, so maybe you can pick up some at a farmer's market, if you don't grow your own)
1) In a bowl, cover dried chile with 1 cup of boiling water. Let stand 30 minutes. In a heavy stockpot, heat canola oil on medium-low. Add onion and cook until translucent. Meanwhile, dice chile, removing stem and seeds and reserving liquid. Add chile and apple to the pot and continue cooking about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more, just until the garlic is fragrant but not browned.
2) Working quickly, add pumpkin, reserved chile water, vegetable stock and nutmeg and increase heat to bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook another 35 minutes.
3) Remove pot from heat and use a hand blender (or food processor) to puree soup until smooth. Squeeze in juice of one lime and salt to taste. Ladle soup into bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream and a few cilantro leaves.
Liv and Bing loved this and I thought it was pretty good too. I didn't make my own rolls, but I suppose if you can multi-task when you cook (I can't, which is why I will never be in charge of Thanksgiving dinner), you could bake some biscuits. I bought a loaf of sourdough bread at the bakery and we sliced that to go with the soup.
At last! Success at baking!
I thought that Bing was going to keel over when she walked into the kitchen and saw me in an apron, standing at the stove and actually stirring the soup. She literally did a double take.
I feel ridiculously proud of myself. My mother would have hooted at me, a woman who regularly cooked for a haying crew of 14 men on hot summer days, but for me, this is big large news.
I MADE A DINNER AND IT DIDN'T SUCK.
In other news, I turned down the job at Liv's school but am interviewing on Friday with the school district for the counselor's job. Just to see what is what. Can't hurt to see what is out there.
And if you get the chance, take a gander at this fantastic interview withe Bill Maher. I agree with every word he said. I am tempted to e-mail this article to my sisters, but I seriously doubt that they would even take a look at it. One of my sisters actually believes that sometimes Satan sits on my shoulder and makes me do "very sad things" and believe "very wrong beliefs."
Examples of this would be voting Democrat and sending a quarterly check to Nebraskans for Choice.
Being that wicked is so phenomenally easy for me....
Liv brought home her school pictures today. I am not sure what to do. She looks very odd in them and has a hank of hair hanging over one eyebrow. She isn't even smiling. She looks like someone startled her. I suppose we will end up buying them and then they will sit in the office drawer with her photos from last year. I don't know why I buy these every year, it isn't like we don't take zillions of photos of her on our own.
It has been raining all day and is supposed to rain all day tomorrow too. We turned the boiler on for the first time today. You know how it always smells so dusty the first time you turn on the heat in the Autumn?
But, it will feel so grand to tuck under those covers tonight. I love that feeling of sliding my legs under the covers and drifting off to dreamland.
Autumn is full of good things: pumpkin soup, the first day of heating, chilly fingers when you get into your car, turning on the car's heater and holding your stiff, cold fingers up to the warm air oozing out of the dashboard heater...
What comes to mind when you think of Autumn in your neck of the woods?
And, just to be....bad, I told my sister that I couldn't wait to take Liv to see this.
It warmed the cockles of my heart to see my sister's incredulous face.
I never said that I was nice....