Annnd she’s back.

After a very extended hiatus, I am excited to report that I’ve returned to the blogosphere. In my nearly two years of catering life, I have learned a tremendous amount about cooking and our food system. I’ve also been heavily involved in the process of opening a restaurant.

The takeaways? Cooking is historically and presently the most indicative element of human nature; our food system needs a lot of work; opening a restaurant is difficult.

To get the ball rolling on what I hope is a wonderful year of eating well and thoroughly (re: saying yes to butter), I want to share an oldie and favorite.

Butternut Squash Soup (for 1)

What you’ll need:

  • A high-powered blender, medium pot, chef’s knife, cutting board
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, pulped and cubed (1″)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter, preferably unsalted
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, pulped and cubed (1″)
  • Flavorful bouillon + 2 cups of water (or 2 cups of vegetable stock)

How to make it:

  1. In the medium pot over medium heat, melt the butter, covering the bottom of the pot.
  2. When heated, add the onions and garlic. Stir and cook until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the butternut squash and 2 cups of water OR stock. If you’re using bouillon, add the corresponding amount according to the directions. Bring to a boil and cook until the squash is tender.
  4. Transfer the contents of the pot to a high-powered blender, leaving some broth in the pot. You can make the soup as thick or thin as you’d like using more or less, respectively. Blend until smooth. Add salt + pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with your favorite bread, salad, etc. Enjoy!


Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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