Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Butternut Squash Soup

The perfect rich and hearty soup recipe for a below freezing winter day.

Butternut Squash Soup




Ingredients //

2 Medium Granny Smith Apples [diced]
2 Medium Butternut Squashes
1 Large White Onion [diced]
5-7 Fresh Sage Leaves [leave whole]
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Half Stick of Butter
2 (or more) Cups of Low Sodium Chicken Stock [dependent on your preference of thickness]
2 (or more) Cups of Water
1/3 Cup of Heavy Cream

Instructions //

1. Preheat oven to 430°

2. Peel and cut in half length wise the squashes // leave the inside of cut squashes facing upward on a cookie sheet// score top to bottom and side to side // lightly coat with oil // salt and pepper // place mid rack in the oven // leave in for about 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes depending on if you can easily stick a fork through the squash.

3. In a extra large pot, melt butter and add in onions and apples // sauté on medium heat until soft (about 10-15 mins) add in a few leaves of sage // salt and pepper // once soft, put a lid on it and put heat on low.

4. When the squash is roasted enough, leave on stovetop to cool a bit // once it has cooled down for about 10-15 minutes, scoop out the seeds // dice the squash into 1-2 inch sized cubes // place cubed pieces in the pot with onions and apples.

5. Turn heat back to medium // add water and chicken stock and a few more sage leaves // mix contents until it is all melded together // salt and pepper lightly (wait until the end to do it to taste) // if it seems to be way too thick add in equal parts water and stock until its to your texture preference, but traditionally its meant to be a thick soup.

6. Remove from heat and stir in the heavy cream.

7. In small batches, mix in a blender to pure the soup (be careful, the contents are still extremely hot and the steam will burn // the texture should be thick and velvety // salt and pepper to taste.

8. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with a sage leaf // to freeze, let cool and place in thick plastic container (it freezes beautifully and is perfect for making in advance for parties // tastes just as wonderful as it did the day its made).



Enjoy and let me know how yours turns out!

Anna

Monday, January 6, 2014

FASHION LITERATURE

PRADA via amazon // CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN via barnes and noble // LOUIS VUITTON: ART FASHION AND LITERATURE via louis vuitton // CHANEL: THE VOCABULARY OF STYLE via amazon // ALEXANDER WANG: SAVAGE BEAUTY via barnes and noble // AMERICAN FASHION via neiman marcus
[not pictured: GUCCI: THE MAKING OF via gucci // YVES SAINT LAURENT via amazon // TOM FORD via barnes and noble ]

I love books. They are objects that will never go out of style. Fashion books are intriguing through their content and specifically their design. But, more than just beautiful on the outside, they are gateways to infinite realms. For someone who loves fashion and engaging with it mostly through imagery, I find fashion books to be useful as a tool for learning more about the designer or brand. They are also eclectic pieces of art, perfect to have sitting out just to admire. They are both educational and visually stimulating. I think I found a new inexpensive hobby.

Happy Monday,

Anna

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Currently Loving :: Winter Whites


handbag MICHAEL KORS // necklace KATE SPADE // iphone case STEVE MADDEN // 
watch MICHAEL KORS // nail polish ESSIE

I typically avoid wearing white clothing (especially after labor day :p ) however, I do prefer to wear winter whites through my accessories! White nails have been a particular favorite lately.

xo

Anna


ps Happy New Year!