Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Better World Books Sale!

YES! Fall is here! Well, at least that's what the calendar says. SO... go ahead and save 40% off your order of 6 or more used books from BetterWorldBooks.com (US customers), or 20% off your order of 6 or more used books (international customers). 

Sale ends on September 24, so hurry!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Craftsy's BIG Fall Course Sale!

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Maybe you've wanted to learn a new crafting technique (or even a cooking skill?)? Craftsy is a great way to do that! And I have great news for you!

Craftsy's BIG Fall Course Sale is happening now! Learn from the world's best instructors in the comfort of your home, when you shop up to 50% off ALL online classes! Once you enroll you can watch your classes anytime, anywhere, forever. Hurry, offer expires September 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT (That's 8:59 AM on September 23, 2014 in Israel). Shop Craftsy's BIG Fall Course Sale and save. 

I'd love to hear what you think of your Craftsy course! Please let me know!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

I've been making some version of this soup for nearly 20 years! I was inspired by a recipe from one of my all time favorite cookbooks, The The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest
It's one of my favorite autumn soups. 

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1-2 apples, coarsely chopped
olive oil
2 butternut squashes, peeled and cubed
water for the pot
salt, pepper, cinnamon to taste


Heat oil in a large soup pot. Add onion, garlic, and apples, and cook, stirring, for about 8 minutes, until it all begins to brown.
Add butternut squash, and continue stirring, until the squash is slightly softened. Add water to the pot to cover the squash and apple mixture. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 30-40 min. Remove from flame, and puree using an immersion blender, Add salt, pepper, and cinnamon to taste.
Serve hot. I've occasionally served this soup cold too.

Don't forget to save those squash seeds - you can roast them! I put them in granola, but you can also just eat them.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Planning for Rosh Hashana

Planning for Rosh Hashana

I'm beginning my Rosh Hashana menu planning now, because I plan to make double this Shabbat and freeze, so a couple of meals for the holiday will be well underway. So far we have guests for 2 lunches for Chag, but none this Shabbat

So far, here's the plan for this week's cooking - I need to use up some of what is in the house before we go and get more. So here's what I can make right now using what I've already got, and hopefully there's enough here to freeze some to make Yom Tov easier!

Butternut Squash and Apple soup (making a huge pot!)
Vegetable soup
Spicy Roast chicken
Vegetable-Noodle Kugel
Roasted eggplant and kishuim
Something with beets
Apple Cake

If I find more I can make, I'll keep you posted. Going to start my chopping now!