Alternatives & Thai Butternut Squash Soup

After two decades of dominating the NFL there is a big, cloud hanging over New England. Most everyone from Rhode Island to Maine is bereft. The Super Bowl is this Sunday and the Patriots aren’t in it. Of course, New Englanders aren’t alone; only two teams have golden tickets to Miami. But that doesn’t matter. All that matters is that, at least for now, Tom and the boys and all their fans must settle for six Super Bowl rings.

I’m not sure what you are supposed to do when your team fails to meet the cut. Do you sit around and pout or head to New Orleans or Las Vegas for a wild weekend? Since I’m football impaired, I can only guess about these things.

I’m sure that a fair number of New Englanders will glumly watch San Francisco and Kansas City battle it out. A warm beer in one hand and a tear-soaked handkerchief in the other, they’ll dream of what coulda, shoulda been and do their best to enjoy the game.

What about you? Not feeling tearful or in need of a warm beer? There must be alternatives. In our mix and match, design-your-own-plan world, there are always alternatives.

To start with, you could invite all your friends over to watch an all-day or all-night marathon of:

All six Patriots’ Super Bowl wins.

Every football movie ever made from Brian’s Song to Any Given Sunday and, of course, Jerry Maguire.

Romantic comedies with at least one scene with a football, including Love Story and Jerry Maguire.

Then of course, you could enjoy a different kind of competition. How about:

A mah jongg tournament or Scrabble match.

A bake-off to see who can make the cutest, the most clever cupcakes.

A sing-off. If the cat doesn’t run away, you’re the winner.

Or just relax.

Forget about football.

Forget about competition.

Except for sports bars, most restaurants and movie theaters are half empty on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the perfect night to book a table at that always full to overflowing hot spot. Same goes for the latest block buster. The one that’s been sold out every time you’ve tried to see it.

Or stay home.

Invite your football-impaired friends over for a glass of wine and a good long chat. Ask anyone who’s willing to bring a batch of soup or a salad to share. Heck, if you’ve got a busy day on Monday, you can do it on Saturday. When it comes to friendship, there is no schedule or calendar. Any day is a good day to have friends around.

Enjoy the game any way you like and bon appétit!

Thai Butternut Squash Soup

My roasted butternut squash soup is a family favorite but sometimes you need a change. Or maybe a new favorite. Enjoy!

Makes 5-6 quarts

  • Olive oil
  • 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Thai red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon or to taste sriracha (optional)
  • 1 (2-inch) piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 6 or more cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Garnish: fresh chopped cilantro

Lightly coat a soup kettle with olive oil and heat over medium high, add the squash, onion, carrots, bell pepper and curry paste, season with thyme, coriander, cumin and sriracha and toss to combine. Cook, stirring frequently until the onion is translucent. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté until the vegetables start to brown.

Stir in the vegetable stock, coconut milk, soy and fish sauces. Bring the soup to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat and cool the soup for about 20 minutes.

Working in batches and adding more stock if necessary, puree the soup in a blender until very smooth.

Return the soup to the pot and heat to steaming. Ladle into bowls or mugs, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve.

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3 thoughts on “Alternatives & Thai Butternut Squash Soup

    • Roberta – A few years ago, I went to the movies on Super Bowl Sunday. The theater was pretty empty. Afterwards, we couldn’t find a restaurant for dinner. Almost everything was closed except for the one Indian restaurant in the area. Dinner was fine – but the place was empty … and freezing! There was one other table of 2 – I think the heat was set for a full house.

      I’m thinking I may watch the Irishmen on Amazon Prime. I try to see all the best film nominations before the Oscars.

      Take care – S.

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