Heart of the Home by Susan Branch. Originally published in 1986, it's been on my shelf for well over twenty years. With Branch's signature style, illustrations, and fonts, I enjoy reading her books as much as cooking from them. If you're not familiar with Branch's work, check out her blog to see what I mean.
This Butternut Bisque uses carrots, onion, celery, and potatoes along with the butternut squash. The recipe does not use cream (who needs the added calories and fat?) and is seasoned with a little curry powder and a pinch of nutmeg and ginger. Simple and delicious!
The recipe was featured on Branch's blog a couple of years ago; the same image appears in the cookbook. I enjoy reading her blog on a regular basis. You might, too.
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