Home Cookin': Coconut-Squash Soup | Kids VT | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Home Cookin': Coconut-Squash Soup 

Published October 8, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

click to enlarge imag5527-1-1.jpg
The first time I tried to make soup from scratch, I warmed some chicken broth from a carton, then threw in chopped carrots, peas, green beans and precooked alphabet pasta. I think I may have sprinkled grated parmesan cheese on top. It was better than soup from a can, but it wasn’t very good. My kids ate it — they’ll pretty much eat anything that involves pasta — but I knew I could do better.

Luckily for me, Abbey Duke — Sugarsnap owner and Burlington Children's Space parent extraordinaire — offered to bring me into her prep kitchen and teach me a few tricks of the trade. That’s where I learned about the magic of mirepoix, the French technique of cooking down finely chopped onion, celery, carrots and sometimes aromatic herbs to start a soup or stew. She also introduced me to the idea of slowly simmering veggies in broth or water and pureeing them with butter and cream. After my session with Abbey, I felt much more confident in my soup-making skills and started brainstorming great soups I'd had in the past that I could try to recreate.

Over the years I’ve tasted various spins on a beautifully colored, slightly spicy butternut squash soup. I decided that making my own version would be a good place to start.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Author

Erinn Simon

Erinn Simon blogs for Kids VT.


Comments are closed.

From 2014-2020, Seven Days allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we've appreciated the suggestions and insights, right now Seven Days is prioritizing our core mission — producing high-quality, responsible local journalism — over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Latest in Kids VT

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2023 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation