Butternut Soup Revisited: Winter CSA ’11 – Delivery #3

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Alex & the Infamous Butternut Binocs

We hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

We are settling back in after a nice trip to sunny Florida. I had surgery on my left hand to remove a cyst just prior to our trip and things are mostly healed up. The cyst was on the palm of my left hand, just under my ring finger. For months, picking up crates and round things (like most of our root veggies) has been a painful activity. Like a good farmer, I saved this surgery until things were pretty slowed down. All went well.  I can’t wait to grab a potato with abandon once everything’s all healed up!! Please forgive my short newsletter; typing is still a bit of a challenge.

In between playing at the beach and hiking around in places alligators don’t like, we did some great eating with our family. My sister-in-law inspired both this newsletter and some excellent eating with a new butternut soup recipe. See this week’s recipes.

Before you try this recipe, you should know that my sister-in-law doesn’t like to do a lot of cooking. In prefacing this recipe she said something like, €œI really like vegetables and dishes if other people make it. But if I have to chop or cut things, I really don’t like cooking. But this soup, I’ll make ” it’s really good.€  Sharing this little snippet of conversation should lead you to believe, correctly, that this soup recipe is an easy one. It’s super delicious and has changed how I will make butternut squash soup forever. We hope you enjoy it.

New items for this delivery include rutabaga and celeriac. Rutabaga is of off-white with a purple top. Celeriac is brown-ish and very knobby. They store best in a plastic bag in the fridge. Celeriac is great to use in soups to give them a deeper flavor. They have a consistency much like a potato when they’ve been cooked.  Rutabaga is popular mashed, as well as being used in beef-based soups. For every other members, the kohlrabi will be new for you this delivery. You can peel it and eat it fresh or you can use it in a stir-fry (which is hands down my favorite way to use this veggie).

Enjoy your veggies!


Mike, Cassie, & Zea

In the Box:

  • Acorn Squash
  • Beauty Heart Radish (whitish, green on outside)
  • Beets
  • Bok Choi
  • Butternut Squash
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac (brown and knobby)
  • Festival Squash
  • Garlic
  • Green Cabbage
  • Head Lettuce, red leaf
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onion, mixed
  • Potatoes, red
  • Rutabaga (off-white with purple)

This Week’s Recipes:

Winter Delivery #3: Wednesday, November 30th – REGs & EOs