Ina’s Garden: Fall Family Favorites & Awards!

Awhile back, I purchased a butternut squash from the farmers market for only one dollar. I used part of it to make butternut squash risotto, and now I’m using the other half to make Ina Garten’s roasted butternut squash soup!

As you can see, I didn’t go all out on the garnishes like Ina suggests. Instead, I kept it simple by swirling creme fraiche into the soup and allowed sprinklings of cayenne pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg to colorfully dot the soup. This soup actually turned out rather tasty and sweet, which I’m attributing to the apples. But, it was tasty enough that it might see another rotation in my kitchen this season. (To see another twist on this great soup, check out Bizzy B. Bakes!)

If you’ve made an Ina dish for this week’s Fall Family Favorites, link up below! Or, if you couldn’t join us this time around, we hope to see you link up on October 20th when the theme will be Autumn’s Bountiful Brunches!

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On a different note, I recently received two awards. One was the Versatile Blogger Award from Tales of Ambrosia and Simply Reem.

The other was the Hundred Hearts Award from Cooking Varieties.

Thanks so much for these awards! I feel honored every time I receive one, especially from bloggers as great as Cooking Varieties, Simply Reem and Tales of Ambrosia! I highly recommend adding these two blogs to your reading list!

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food,Photography & France
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 07:41:32

    Looks absolutely beautiful – and, I bet, it’s delicious

  2. Louanne
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 07:43:15

    I know that the soup is so delicious and I love the creme fraiche swirl! Lovely!
    Congratulations on your awards, too!

  3. Three-Cookies
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 07:45:33

    Nice, good to see you putting that squash to full use. In hindsight perhaps you should have picked the biggest one:)

  4. JamieAnne
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 08:16:39

    The soup looks great!! πŸ™‚
    Congrats on your awards!

  5. Ronda
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 08:48:42

    It has been so warm that I have not been thinking about soup, but I might have to get a butternut squash ready for when the time comes.

  6. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 08:53:45

    Oh, your soup looks marvelous. I LOVE the creme fraiche as a garnish. Perfect! I would have kept it simple too…it’s so beautiful and delicious as it is.

  7. Anita Menon
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 09:03:47

    Looks really beautiful. The colors make the soup look alluring

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 09:14:57

    You’re very deserving of those awards. This soup looks fantastic. Love the color and the flecks of red.

  9. peachkins
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 10:02:22

    I love your soup’s color!

  10. ceciliag
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 10:56:01

    Gorgeous colours! bet it tasted great too.. c

  11. Reem | Simply Reem
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 11:28:10

    Thanks so much sweety for all the kind words… You deserve the awards…
    You are so kind and inspiring.
    This soup looks absolutely fantastic… What a inviting color.

  12. Beth
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 12:07:51

    Congratulations on your awards! And the soup looks great; I love everything Ina creates!

  13. Ryan
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 12:07:52

    Congrats on your award– they are much deserved as its a treat reading your blog! The soup looks delicious– I love all of the different ingredients involved–apples, cinnamon, creme fraiche? Sounds SO good!

  14. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 12:08:20

    This looks beautiful! What a delicious bowl of soup – perfect for the fall.

  15. mary
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 12:28:04

    As you know I love butternut squash soup and Ina is a genius – that it’s a win, win!
    Mary x

  16. spicegirlfla
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 12:43:56

    Congrats on your so very well deserved awards!! I have made Ina’s soup before and absolutely love it!! I probably make it several (many) times over the cooler months!! Pretty photo!

  17. Kelly
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 16:31:35

    Congratulations – you so deserve your awards! I love your soup and how do you get those professional looking swirls? πŸ™‚

  18. Liz
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 16:42:18

    Congrats on all your awards!!! If this is Ina’s soup, I just know it is amazing. Your swirl of creme fraiche is the perfect touch…just lovely~

  19. Ameena
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 17:48:08

    Butternut Squash Soup is a favorite of mine AND my husbands. Imagine that, we agree on something! Looks delicious my friend!

    Congrats on the awards…very much deserved, of course!

  20. Chaya
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 19:19:18

    You make one beauty of a soup. We more than loved this soup but I want to make it look like yours. Thanks for the recognition.

    We will be having an open choice for recipes from now on. I can’t wait to find another delicious Ina recipe.

  21. Simply Life
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 19:32:31

    I just got a butternut squash from my CSA today and can’t wait to use it!

  22. Betty
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 21:57:21

    That’s a perfect soup for fall! I bet it tastes as good as it looks- I love butternut squash!πŸ™‚

  23. Miriam Barton
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 23:54:10

    Great soup! Perfect for this time of year.πŸ™‚, Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  24. kitchen flavours
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 00:24:17

    That is a beautiful and delicious looking bowl of soup!
    Congratulations for the awards! Wish you a lovely weekend!

  25. nelson peltz
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 01:07:05

    Looking beautiful…………………….
    congratulate for your award……….

  26. Tanvi
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 01:16:34

    This soup looks so delish!! I want a bowlful of that colorful goodness in this cold weather.

  27. Parsley Sage
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 08:57:13

    Butternut squash can just jazz up any recipe! From risotto to soupπŸ™‚ Looking good!

  28. Elaine
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 11:31:08

    How funny! You and I have been on the same ingredient wave length all week.πŸ™‚ I think your butternut squash soup looks so pretty with the creme fraiche and pepper. It also sounds so good with the addition of apples.

  29. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 18:14:56

    What a beautiful dish! I think I’d like to have someone make this for me. Maybe I can convince my husband.πŸ™‚

  30. Uniflame
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 03:25:38

    This soup looks so tasty! I will surely check out the recipe!

    Here is my contribution for Cookbook Sundays:
    http://shelikesbento.blogspot.com/2011/10/weekend-cooking-quick-fix-vegan-by.html

  31. ambrosiana
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 16:56:10

    Roasted buttrenut squash soup!!! Looks delicious!!!!

  32. Cakelaw
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 01:30:26

    This soup looks warm and nourishing – perfect for a bitter Melbourne day like today. Congrats on the awards.

  33. Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 22:54:16

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with Cookbook Sunday @ Moms Sunday Cafe. Hope to see you again in November! Beautiful presentation!

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