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Squash, Chard & White Beans Redux April 2, 2009

Posted by Toy Lady in Cooking, Food, soupe du semaine.
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OK, so here’s the thing.  This soup is one we did way back last fall, which I didn’t realize until after I’d taken a boatload of pictures, so. . . here we go.  Again.  😳

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As you’ll recall, this soup was made in the pressure cooker, so, while it tastes like it’s been cooking all day, it really only cooks for about a total of an hour.  Pretty cool, huh? However, it occurs that there’s really no reason it couldn’t be made the, uh, regular way.  Next time.  🙄

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The first thing we’re going to need to do is get our mis en place.  You know, get our stuff altogether.

Although the original recipe was for a “Butternut, Chard & White Bean Soup,” we decided that we’re nothing if not a little wild and crazy at times.

We had a couple of buttercup squash  (and a small hubbard) still, uh, wintering over in the basement.

And by “wintering over,” I mean “we forgot all about them.”  😯

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We also discovered some commercial chicken broth at Aldi that actually tastes like chicken.  😯

And yes.  It is fit.  And active.  😆

But the best part is that the 1-quart packages are $1.29 each.  While that’s not as cheap as, say, making our own chicken stock, when we need 2 quarts, it’s certainly a little more convenient, wouldn’t you say?  😆

So it’s a matter of getting the rest of the ingredients prepped and ready – the healthy bits of this healthy soup.  It’s just a good thing we went to the market last weekend – we found some lovely swiss chard, and we were just about out of carrots!

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I didn’t realize just how different winter squashes could be.  The buttercup was much much harder to cut up than the hubbard squash, and they were totally different colors, too.  Well, different shades of orange, anyway.  🙄

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By the way.  Have I mentioned lately that our dog is a freak?  Well he is.  Besides his love for cooked carrots (at least if they’re cooked with beef), his mistrust of bananas, and his apparent fondness for addiction to cranberries, Freak Boy has also taken a liking to squash.  Raw squash.  😯

While peeling and dicing the three squash for the soup, Peeps accidentally dropped a cube of squash on the floor.   Where Underfoot Puppy was, keeping us company.  🙄

He grabbed it and dashed into the living room to, uh, examine it before chowing down, then coming back to the kitchen to look for more.

Freak.  🙄

So basically, we did the cooking of the soup.

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And we dumped it in the nearly full container of chard, which is always fun.  😀

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And it sat in the fridge until we were ready to reheat it for dinner.

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And lunch.  And another lunch.  And 3 more lunches in the freezer.  My goodness, this is a lot of soup.  It’s just a good thing it’s good for us, isn’t it?  😆

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