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March 17, 2005

Squash Story

(or Cooking Chronicle, or Onion Ode or Phood Photojournal)

Butternut Squash:
Butternutsquash

Peeled Butternut Squash:
Peeledbutternut

Butternut Squash Peels:
Squashpeels

Cubed Butternut Squash:
Cubedbutternut

An apple peeling worthy of Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle (anyone remember how Tom Hanks described his late wife peeling a whole apple in one piece, as images of Meg Ryan doing the same flashed by? But they didn't show it in one take, so I didn't get the impression she really does her own stunts...):
Sleeplessinseattle

Chopped onion, curry powder, and apple:
Onionscurryapples

Can you smell them sizzling?
Smellit

Final product, kids' version:
Soupkidversion

Apple-Squash Soup, adult version, with plain yogurt and chopped chives from the garden:
Soupadultversion

This recipe came to me about 10 years ago via my mom from an old friend of hers in Massachusetts. The first time I made it, I put in five TABLESPOONS of curry powder instead of five TEASPOONS. Oooooops. And it was my first time being pregnant...shall we say I definitely did not keep that soup down. David's stomach was less tender and he didn't seem to have too much trouble with it. But now I follow the directions more carefully.

Typically I think of myself as not enjoying being in charge of meals. I don't eagerly anticipate the planning, the ingredient listing, the shopping, the preparation, and figuring out when things are perfectly done. But this week as I was chopping up the squash, it just somehow felt like making a good recipe from scratch, working with my hands in the fresh raw produce, was a truly important and essential part of my calling. Providing something homemade and delicious and wholesome for my family takes time, time that displaces other things I could be doing. It demands energy, both physical and emotional, from me. But it is a Good Thing. I almost hate to admit it: it felt good.

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The rewards of motherhood are legion, this post of yours being one of them for me! Wish I could have a slurp right now...could not sleep, and am up paying bills at 2:50 in the morning! Just having a visit with you before I skip on back to bed!
Mom

Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Mar 17, 2005 8:51:19 AM

Ummm, no fair posting delicious-looking food and no recipe!!! I love butternut squash, and curry. Ok. You know what to do.

Posted by: Sami Perkins | Mar 17, 2005 5:33:52 PM