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It’s #TacoTuesday a mi casa! :) Crunchy romaine #lettucewraps with #homemade #venison and #chorizo #taco meat; topped with smashed pinto beans, hot sauce, sour cream and extra sharp cheddar cheese! Don’t mind if I do, “deer.” #punny #eatmeat #carnivore #gamefood #gamemeat #gametoeat #deer #tacos #chefkrystinalynne #cooking #dinnertime

Last week’s #homemade eats! Grilled #venison #steak rounds marinated in my own #Italian dressing; tender venison #stew; truly tasty #tuna #nachos; and Italian seasoned grilled #chicken. Shoutout to my dad’s friend Bill who overnighted me about 20 pounds of fresh venison on dry ice!! The stew made with red wine has been my absolute favorite so far; I’ll have to e-mail you the recipe! :) #chefkrystinalynne #girlscangrill #grillweek #grillmaster #latergram #instafood #letitmarinate #lowandslow #cooking

Today’s #healthy, #homemade, and #wholegrain lunch: Millet Crusted Spinach Quiche, inspired by Edible Perspective. #millet #grains #spinach #eggs #quiche #recipe #chefkrystinalynne #cooking #baking #eatclean

FINALLY. It has been way too long since I ate you in #ElChalten, #Argentina. This #homemade beauty has been “stewing” in my kitchen all afternoon, #lowandslow. May I present to you: Argentine #Locro, topped with scallions and my very own chili oil! #stew #carnivore #chefkrystinalynne #cooking

Every time I’m cookin’ with my Crocs on in the kitchen, I’m reminded just how therapeutic it is. What a lovely Friday night in. :) #cooking #therapeutic #love #kitchen #chefkrystinalynne #dowhatyoulove #chicken #drumsticks #curry #salad #dinner #enjoy #birdseyeview

Cooking with my best friend tonight—aka Cuisine magazine. And wow what a magnificent meal! Curry Drumsticks with Roasted Cauliflower and Red Potatoes. Dinner. Is. Served. :) #dinner #chicken #protein #cuisine #cooking #cauliflower #potatoes #curry #drumsticks #poultry #flavorfest #spices #chefkrystinalynne

The product of fresh produce! My #colorful, oven-roasted veggie side dishes. Two of my usuals are in the back: baby peppers and brusselsprouts. Now feature your eyes on my front-and-center farmer’s market finds: beets with purple, yellow, and orange carrots; seasoned with salt, pepper, EVOO, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, cumin, parsley and mint. #ilovefall #fall #sidedish #chefkrystinalynne #fresh #produce #vegetables #veggies #recipe #cooking #roastedpeppers #peppers #brusselsprouts #beets #carrots #farmersmarket #Brooklyn

After the race, I picked up these beauties at the #farmersmarket in #Brooklyn. So fresh and so flavorful!! This market is a #foodie’s dream. (Gorgeous yellow squash purchased, not pictured). Homemade vegetable stock coming soon…to the kitchen nearest me. :) #nofilter #latergram #greens #bokchoy #leeks #carrots #beets #vegetables #veggies #produce #colors #cooking #fresh #homegrown

Two weeks ago at church, a member asked me if I liked to cook. Simple question, simple answer: “YES! I LOVE to!” The joy that filled my heart at the mere thought of the word “cook” reflected instantly in my eyes. When his follow-up question involved home grown acorn squash, I accepted the offer with willingness and grace.

With a fresh acorn squash in the palm of my hands a week later, it became official. SOUP SEASON IS HERE. AND SO IS FALL. <3

I love all things fall. Pumpkins. Apple orchards. Golden delicious apple picking. Races in perfect running weather. Spices. Falling leaves. Festivals. Baking. Autumn colors. The sights, sounds and smells of October are a yearly anticipation for me. In essence, this picture:

Combine all of the above with fresh produce and my Kitchen Aid 5-Speed Immersion Hand Blender, and you have a happy Chef Krystina Lynne. (Not pictured, but running through the fall foliage in the background).

With a fresh squash looking all autumnal on my counter, finding the perfect recipe was a must. Simply seasoned, with a unique fall flavor profile. Found it. Finally inspired.

I used A Sweet Pea Chef’s Roasted Acorn Squash Soup recipe and made a few minor changes based on what I had in stock; you’ll find my modified version below. Admittedly, I had to buy two additional acorn squash from the A&P, which I felt guilty for doing since they weren’t garden fresh. But the recipe called for it—and delivered on a fall flavored soup sensation. What a soup-er start to the season!

Ingredients

  • 3 acorn squash, sliced in half and seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt (scant)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. dried sage
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • 6 cups homemade chicken broth

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place squash, skin-side-down, onto baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle with kosher salt and crushed black pepper.  Roast in oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until flesh is tender and skin starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cool, remove flesh from skin by using a spoon and scooping out the flesh. Discard skin and set flesh aside.
  3. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, apple, shallot and onions and sauté until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Once tender, add salt, ginger, sage, cayenne, allspice, squash and stock. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer (uncovered) for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove pot from heat and puree mixture, with an immersion blender, a blender (in batches) or a food processor. Season to taste if necessary—I didn’t add a thing!

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup. Picture courtesy of A Sweet Pea Chef.

The beautiful little guy with the stripes and stem was a #homegrown gift! #acornsquash #fall #soupseason #soup #ilovefall #cooking #fresh