Anna Maria Locke

twas the night before Christmas(break)...

...and I have another colorful recipe to share.
Not because I have been cooking 24/7, but because nothing else exciting has really happened in my life this week!
Seriously. My schedule since Monday has been: wake up, go to the lab, spend all day on Excel (I am definitely the Excel MASTER me), mayyybe work out, go home, inhale dinner, wonder how it is suddenly 9:30 pm, repeat. Uck.
Luckily, however, I hit upon inventing the most DELICIOUS soup recipe I have ever made (aka better than the only other delicious soup recipe I have ever made) and can now say, the BEST way to clear out your fridge before a long break is to cook all the produce in a pot, then blend it into a creamy soup (ala babyfood style).  In this manner, I present to you

THE BEST Butternut Squash Soup EVER

(please ignore my failed attempt to make an artistic yogurt swirl)

-one butternut squash
-2 apples
-a few carrots and celery sticks
-1/2 red onion
-vegetable broth
-olive oil
-nutmeg (generous sprinkle)
-allspice(another generous sprinkle)

-Peel and chop squash, microwave ~5 minutes until somewhat soft
-Saute onion in olive oil in your biggest pot
-Chop/peel the apple, carrots, celery
-Add the squash and rest of the chopped produce to the pot
-pour in Vegetable Broth until fruit/veg are barely covered by liquid
-simmer away while you make a quick batch of Pumpkin Cornbread
-Season soup with salt, nutmeg, allspice to taste
-Blend in a blenderrr in batches until creamy, adding more broth if it's too thick
-freeze leftover soup so you can eat it all winter long and never have to crack open a can of nasty Campbell's again.

Tip: when blending hot soup, DO NOT SEAL THE LID ON THE BLENDER. The hot liquid will build pressure.
Note: If you love cornbread, you HAVE TO TRY THE PUMPKIN CORNBREAD.

So yeah,
I am also driving to Indiana tomorrow to kickstart Christmas Break with a family get-together at my Aunt and Uncle's house.  Which is always craaaazy fun :)  I will also get to see my sister, who's flying in from ABERDEEN!
where she has spent the whole semester with the hot Scottish rugby players.
I have missed making fun of her so much!

There is also supposed to be a snowstorm tomorrow. Of course. Hopefully I can outdrive it!!!
Speaking of driving, I have definitely NOT had a chance to clean my apartment or pack at all OR (worst of all) check out new books on tape since finishing finals.
oh well.

[rainbow pic by sistah, edited by moi :)]