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Winter Squash & Cranberry Soup ala Susan

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Ingredients

Soup:
2 acorn squash (may substitue 2 pounds of sweet potatoes)
2 butternut squash
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
8 teaspoons brown sugar
3 peeled carrots, halved
1 large onion, sliced thin
10 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
Relish:
1 cup sliced cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut squashes in half lengthwise. Remove seeds. Place squash halves skin side down in a roasting pan. Fill cavity of each squash with 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar. Place carrot and onion slices around squash in pan. Pour 2 cups of broth over the squash and vegetables. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake 2 hours. Remove pan from oven and cool. Scoop squash out of its skin and place in a soup pot. Add carrots, onions and cooking liquid as well as remaining chicken broth. Add ginger, cinnamon, salt and pepper and stir well. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered 10 minutes. Puree soup in batches in blender or food processor until smooth. Return soup to pot and reheat on low. To make relish, blend cranberries and orange juice until smooth. Serve soup with cranberry relish swirled into it. This works best if relish is swirled with a serving spoon into each individual bowl of soup, but it also may be swirled into the entire soup mixture.

Hannah Cosdon
Rock Island



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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