Well, the calendar says it is past the middle of October, and last week here in NW Florida we had a fleeting glimpse of cool, window-open kind of fall weather. Unfortunately, the heat and humidity are back this weekend. At least it isn’t raining, so my favorite farmers market, Palafox Market, was open, the Fall Festival for my neighborhood, Historic North Hill, was well attended, and I’m sure pumpkin patches and corn mazes were being enjoyed by many. The weather is sure to get cooler as the holidays approach … and we know they’re coming. We might be celebrating fall festivals now, but Santa is already on the roof of Lowe’s and Christmas items are slowly populating all of my favorite store shelves.
Once again it is Threaded Together’s privilege to be an Early Bird Reviewer for Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks . I spent the evening going through Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. I had a hard time finding just one recipe to try! I decided even though it might not be considered soup weather yet in my corner of the country, the Butternut Bisque from JoAnn, one of the Gooseberry Patch founding family members, just looked too good to pass up (I’ll just crank up the A/C). I didn’t have a fresh butternut squash on hand, but I did have some frozen product which needed to be used up. If you are interested in participating in the giveaway, please see the directions below.
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 2 cups chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 8-oz. package cream cheese, cubed
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook onion until almost tender.
- Spoon onion mixture into a slow cooker; add remaining ingredients except cream cheese.
- Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours, until squash is tender.
- Working in batches, ladle squash mixture into a blender or food processor; cover and purée until smooth.
- Return puréed mixture to slow cooker; stir in cream cheese.
- Cover and cook on low setting for about another 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- Whisk until smooth. Makes 6 servings.
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