An Exotic Twist on a Squash Soup...and an Annoucement!

If your anything like me, then this week is full of Thanksgiving madness and preparation! But, I wanted to take a quick break from it all to share with you a new recipe that I will be serving up at my family's Thanksgiving dinner this year: Coconut-Squash Soup.

This recipe is not only quick and simple - which is always useful when your planning a big dinner celebration - but, I love how it takes something pretty traditonal as a squash soup and gives it that little exotic twist with the coconut milk. Plus, there's nothing better to warm you up than a velvety smooth, rich soup, with a little hint of exotic nuttiness!

Coconut-Squash Soup

2 lbs squash, seeded
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp shallot, finely diced
1/2 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ginger, minced
1 cup  coconut milk
2 cups water
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the squash onto a half sheet pan. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cumin. Pour butter over the squash, evenly. Place in the oven and roast for 40 to 45minutes or until the flesh is soft and tender.

Meanwhile, in a large soup pot over medium high heat, pour olive oil and shallots.  Cook until shallots becomes translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the cooked squash, milk, and coconut milk. Simmer over moderately low heat for about 15 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture until smooth.

Cook's Note: the cooked vegetable mixture can also be pureed by ladling, in batches, into a food processor or blender and blended until smooth.

Now, for my ANNOUNCEMENT...

I am proud to say that last Friday, I officially registered for classes at Seattle Culinary Academy!! I will begin classes in January! Sooner than later, I will be able to call myself Chef! I'm so excited to begin this new adventure - for the first time ever, I am counting down the days for school to start! And, of course, you guys will be coming along with me for this epic ride! BTW - I want to thank my loving and supportive family for encouraging and supporting me in this new journey. I couldn't have gotten here without you guys. :) Happy Thanksgiving guys - and gals!


Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

The soup sounds amazing!! Congrats on your new adventure!

Chef Dennis said...

your soup looks delicious, the coconut is such a nice touch!
Congratulation on starting culinary school, I am so excited for you!!
Have a great thanksgiving my friend!

laurielufkin said...

That is wonderful Emme! Congratulations on your new path--you will do great!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Emme - I love the idea of this twist on squash soup but more than anything I am SO EXCITED for your new career direction! Squeeeeee! Congrats!

FOODalogue said...

That is exciting news. Good luck + Happy Thanksgiving.

Sara said...

Ok let first talk about the soup! I'm in love with squash soups but I would have never thought of adding coconut milk. It's amazing! Great recipe with the cold coming up also here in the bay area!
Second, I am so so so happy for your big news! Going to culinary school, wow...it's a dream for me! I would love to go to to baking school but I still haven't had the courage to do it. I'll be looking forward to hear about your experience.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

Que legal. Parabens amiga fico super feliz por voce.

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Congratulations! So excited for you, Emme! I can't wait to read about your adventures :)

Emme @Food Samba said...

Thanks for the support guys! xoxo emme

Nancy and Vijay said...

The soup sounds wonderful! Congrats on your next adventure :)

Sommer J said...

Amazing soup! Shall try in the near future! COngratulations on your next adventure!! Looking forward to seeing even more amazing food from here.

riceandwheat said...

Yay!! Congratulations, Emme! Or should I say, Chef Emme?! :) I'm so excited that we can tag along with you to culinary school and also, that I have a new soup recipe to try out.