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Cookbook Countdown: 14 Days to Go: Butternut Soup

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Admittedly, I am not a soup person. I actually went five years (hell, maybe longer) without even a spoon of soup getting past my lips. 

I re-discovered soups when I moved to Boston because they were cheap (and I was a poor law student) and they warmed me up when it was impossibly cold outside... so I'm sure it goes without saying that soups were once again a thing of the past when we moved to Los Angeles... 

But then we were living in New York City. and it was winter. and I was writing a cookbook. All my testers were begging for soup recipes since they too were all freezing their asses off... but I resisted. By then, I realized I was only eating soups because they helped warm me up... it wasn't because I actually enjoyed eating them... and I didn't want to put just any old recipe in my cookbook -- every recipe had to be one I cherished... one I was proud of... not one I put together out of fear I might freeze to death otherwise...

(There is a point to all of this, I swear). 

Enter this sweet & spicy butternut soup. I made it randomly one day when I was shivering and in the mood for butternut squash. I was expecting to feel warmer after eating it, but I didn't expect it was for it to single-handily changed my attitude about soups.... I sometimes refer to this recipe as my "gateway soup" because after it's birth, I became obsessed with making really delicious soups (hence the long soup chapter in my cookbook!). 

I actually like this particular soup so much that I'll eat it dead smack in the middle of July. I can prove this, too because St. Maarten is tropical - it always feels like "June" here and yet we've had this soup four times in the last 2 months. (Scott is a glutton for it as well).

I love it's simplicity---(just 4 ingredients!) but it also has a great mouth feel and a really nice flavor profile. It's sweet, but has just enough spice to hit you on the back end... It's so velvety too...and a piece of cake to make.... you just throw it into the blender and reheat!

and the good news is, you can get this recipe now through the "look inside" feature on Amazon...go warm up to a big bowl of butternut bliss!

Together at last

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

My Mother-in-law flew into SXM  today and brought some vegan goodies from the mainland and a copy of my cookbook (which I had yet to see in person)!!

Even though I saw it laid out (in full color) on my computer months ago -- it's even far more beautiful than I anticipated in person. I'm in love with my cookbook...


Here are some of the goodies she brought:

Miso & Daiya cheese.... 

and lots and lots of vital wheat gluten...10lbs to be exact!

Cookbook Countdown: 15 Days to Go: "Chicken" Seitan

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Not too long ago I told the story of my seitan woes. To make a long story as short as possible: I was really sucking at making my own seitan so I set out to make a fool-proof recipe for my cookbook...and here it is. It's a dead ringer for country fried chicken.

In fact it's so chicken-like that my friend Andrea couldn't eat it... that was actually kind of comical. Andrea had come over for dinner and because my tiny NYC apartment only had a table for 2, we sat there and sent Scott to go eat at his computer desk. A few bites in Andrea says "it's all so good" (actually, I believe her word was "amaze-balls") [pause] "but it's kinda freaking me out. It's just so much like chicken...seriously Lindsay, how did you do this?" 

Meanwhile, as we were conversing, Scott passed the table--starring with hungry eyes at the uneaten seitan sitting on Andrea's plate. As Andrea and I continued to eat, Scott walked past another three times (mind you, Andrea had only known Scott for a total of maybe 10 minutes) when finally she says "go on, take it" Scott swoops in with one stab of his fork and scurries off.

"You want more...veggies?" I offered. "Yeah, that's be great." she says...and then we both look at Scott who was busy chomping away on Andrea's piece of seitan... I really thought he was going to follow that with the Happy Baby pose.

Scott likes this seitan so much (if you couldn't already tell) that he requested it for our anniversary dinner (yesterday marked our 7th year together) along with a recipe I'm crazy about... Thanksgiving Gravy.

I'm a gravy-lover by nature---I have food with my gravy, rather than gravy with my food.... I mean, my veggies are practically floating in gravy I drench so much on my plate... so when I tell you this gravy is where it's at and its my FAVORITE gravy of all time, you know it's the bomb diggity. (Do people still say that? Guess so... I just did).