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Cheezy Potato Squash Soup

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I recently ordered 'The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook' by Joanne Stepaniak from Half.com. I really wanted to try my hand at making "block" cheese; I haven't tried any of her recipes yet, though, because the ones for block cheese all call for agar flakes or powder & I don't have any right now. But this afternoon I decided to try her Philly Potato Chowder. Well, I didn't have enough potatoes, so guess what? I got to use some more of my squash stash! I have modified her recipe enough that I have made it my own, so I am posting it; but for the record Joanne's recipe was my base.

Cheezy Potato Squash Soup

8 cups water
3 cups peeled, diced potatoes
2 cups diced squash
2 large onions, diced
1 cup plain soy milk
3/4 cup cashews (all the cheeze recipes I have ever made call for raw cashews, I actually use regular salted cashews & it always turns out)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 T. salt
1 T. onion powder
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. dill
1 t. white pepper
2 t. lemon juice
3 pinches citric acid
fakin' bacon bits

Combine water, potatoes, squash & onions in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover & simmer until potatoes are fork tender & begin to break down, about 30 minutes.

Remove 2 cups of the soup broth with some vegetables in it, place in a blender with remaining ingredients, except the fakin' bacon. (I tried to pick out most of the squash & add to the blender so that they consistency of the final soup would be more smooth.) Process until completely smooth. Return blended mixture to the soup pot. Cook & stir over meium heat until thickened. Garnish with fakin' bacon bits.

***I am sure I used more garlic powder & onion powder than listed above, probably more salt, too.

As I am typing this my husband went & tasted the soup, from the kitchen I could hear him say (and I quote) "What is this soup?". I was nervous that he didn't like it, so I asked "Do you like it?", Sean said "Yes; what is it? You didn't use real cheese did you?" I have been cooking completely vegan for my husband for over 3 years now & he still asks, "Is this vegan?" I want to say, "No, Sean, I added bacon grease just for kicks & giggles!" Well, at least he likes it! I will finish this post after I have tried it....

It was alright; but what I will do differently next time is this...While the potatoes & squash cook saute' the onion with diced celery & then add some minced fresh garlic. Add this to the blender & puree with other ingredients. I think this would add more flavor.

On a random side note, I had been out running errands one day & came home to find this on my porch...

Yes, that is my goofy husband, Sean, the one who started us on this vegan journey, in a box with his keyboard. I really don't have any words & I certainly didn't on that particular day, either. His explanation was that he thought to sit down on the box, but it didn't really hold him up; he slid into the box & just decided to stay a while...with keyboard in hand, mind you!

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