Actually every season should be "Our Season Of Blessings" but the reality is that as the world gets smaller and our time gets shorter the "Holiday Season" is that very special time to reflect on all those that enhance our lives and of course those less fortunate.
This is the time of year (whether we like it or not) we are forced to think of the things that are truly important. This includes but is not limited to our relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and a time to help those in need. Our interactions may be a donation to a favorite charity, or a card sent to a distant relative, an unusually friendly greeting to a friend or co-worker, or that very special gift that is not necessarily a monetary present (although it could be)!
Our giving could include something we made for that person that shows them how special they are to us. This would include any craft custom aligned to their interests or perhaps a dinner prepared from scratch to give them a sense of caring while enriching their culinary landscape.
The preparation of a meal is in my wheelhouse... a craft... not so much. And so with that introduction I would like to give you a very special "PAZAZ™" Style recipe that will evoke a wonderful connection between the culinary creation and the people you love and care about.
A classic fall/winter recipe would be the butternut squash soup. Keep in mind that in my opinion some of the greatest recipes are the ones that are simple and use a minimal amount of ingredients. This type of cooking enlists the love you put into a dish while you have carefully chosen the best ingredients for that dish.
(Butternut Squash Soup) This recipe is for 4 people
2 Medium Size Butter Nut Squash
1 Table Spoon of Olive Oil
1/2 Cup of Shallot
4 Cloves of Garlic
1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon of Maple Syrup
4 Cups 3-4 Cups of Vegetable Broth
Black Pepper to Taste
Butter to Taste
Garnish with Roasted Pistachios and Italian Parsley
Purchase two organic Butternut Squash medium size
1. Slice down the middle and extract the seeds from the cavity
Then, place them on my PAZAZ™ Heavy Duty Aluminum Baking Sheet Pan
Place my PAZAZ™ Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat inside the Sheet Pan
Then place my PAZAZ™ Steel Mesh Cooling Rack on Top of the other two items (They work in concert)
2. Place Butternut Squash on top of these PAZAZ™ items while putting a small amount of olive oil and butter inside the cavity. Finish the cavity off with fine sea salt and pepper.
3. Then place the Squash inside the oven which you have pre-set for 425 degrees. Place in oven for 45 to 50 minutes then take out and let cool for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium skillet warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Add chopped shallot and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook, and stir often.
4. Use high performance blender to incorporate the following ingredients into the mixture:
Maple syrup, shallot and garlic the add the butternut squash, nutmeg, and freshly ground black pepper.
5. Pour in 3 cups of vegetable broth in small batches if you have a smaller blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Garnish with Roasted Pistachios and Italian Parsley
7.For this recipe I like to add a soft roll topped with melted Havarti Cheese or Guyer Cheese to add another dimension of flavor (on the side).
Serve Immediately or keep in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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PAZAZ™ Non-Stick Baking Mat
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Or the Bundle... All three work in concert with each other.