We have had so much summer squash on hand that I was starting to get desperate for a new way to use it up FAST. You know how it goes; summer squash is as prolific as bunnies. Truth be told, though, I really like summer squash, especially yellow crookneck. I have fond childhood memories of it being sliced, salted and peppered, then dredged in flour and fried. What can I say…in those days everything in the South was fried. I wonder what the history of that was all about? Anyone know?
Anyway, as I was saying, I needed something new to do with the mountain of summer squash that had overtaken my counter top and refrigerator. There was, of course, the ever present zucchini, two varieties of yellow squash, and several varieties of patty pan squash. A summer squash soup seemed like it would be a nice change of pace from my usual use-up-the-squash recipes and both John and I really liked the results.
Pureed, the squash serves as it’s own creamy thickener. It’s mild, sweet flavor is enhanced by sauteed onions, finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, smoked paprika, fresh basil, thyme, and a little bit of crispy fried bacon. Oh, and salt and pepper of course. Where was the world before salt and pepper? Oh yeah, it was called The Dark Ages.
And speaking of the Dark Ages; I have a food processor that is about 25 years old. It has been a great little work horse, but yesterday when I was processing this soup the bowl to the food processor cracked and the soup started oozing out of the side of the bowl and down onto the counter top. No, I don’t have a picture because frankly taking a picture of the mess was not on my to-do list at that moment.
Making up a new recipe sometimes takes up the whole entire kitchen as I go through using up every dish in the joint. I do that as I figure out what is going to work best. Ideas come to me as a I work and I’m telling you this–I am an extraordinarily messy cook. I can’t help it.
So, when the food processor bowl cracked, I bellowed at John and told him as long as he was hanging out in his favorite chair with his computer in his lap and watching TV, would he please check on-line and see if I could buy a new bowl. He sat there snickering at me, but merrily checked and sure enough I could still buy a new bowl. For $40.00. Plus the top of the bowl, which is also starting to crack, for another $35.00.
Hmm. Thank you Cuisinart for still making the parts. Any possibility of you maybe giving me some new parts if I say nice things about how great this food processor has been and how I wouldn’t trade it for anything and how I never imagined I would like a piece of kitchen equipment so much? Any possibility at all? Or should I just buy a food processing attachment for my work horse of a Bosch mixer for $100.00 which includes blade attachments and several grating/slicing disks? So many decisions.