I tried holding onto summer. I really did. But then I spent a week in the mountains, and saw the Halloween paraphernalia. Everywhere. In the pharmacy, the video store (they still exist!), the pizza parlor, the grocery store. Everywhere.
Even the latest Williams Sonoma catalog is full of white gourds, orange tureens, gold leaves, and otherwise harvest fare.
Aww… we have the same chairs…
So I succumbed.
While leafing through this latest issue, I was inspired by the pretty orange soup. It made me want to make my own pretty orange soup. The first order of business was to figure out what of soup it was. Carrot? Butternut? Roasted red pepper?
In the end, I used a butternut squash, mostly because it happened to be lying around. I also used some sweet peppers that a friend had gifted me. (Thank you, Austin!)
And then I topped it off with some crushed fennel seed. Right from the backyard. And a bit of sage. Also from the backyard.
Upright, the bush was six feet tall. It was so top heavy it tipped over in the middle of the summer. I meant to harvest some fennel pollen, but the summer got away from me. Now that it’s autumn, I’ve got plenty of seeds.
Mine (right) may not be as pretty (as the catalog soup on the left), but at least it’s legit. I mean, who uses a fork and a knife to eat a bowl of soup?!
According to the husband, the fennel was a bit strong. So don’t sprinkle too much in. Also, I enjoyed eating my sage leaves like potato chips. If you get around to trying this, let me know what you think.
P.S. I’m a hardcore carnivore who is trying to lay it off for just one day every week. So, this post is part of a Meatless Monday blog hop. If you have any meatless entree/dinner suggestions for me, I’d love to hear it. To learn more about the official Meatless Monday campaign, go here.