I'm 32, I was a Roraty International Exchange Student to Oulu, Finland in 1992. I was 18 at the time. It was my 1st time away from home for any length of time. I have a twin. I became who I am today because of my year in Finland. To this day I talk about Finland at least once a day. Most people don't understand. I do.
This just happens to be a wonderful find thanks to my friend and Sommelier Paul Forget (whom has his own blog), I have to rave about this wine! La Vendimia (Palacios Remondo) is a fantastic easy drinking wine that will suit any occasion! It's complex enough to serve to wine snobs, and it's delicious enough to serve to people not knowing wine but who enjoy a good red! I love love love it!
Roast one squash in the oven (45min). Scoop out the squash and add to a bowl. Saute onion and garlic in butter. Add to squash, combine salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika into mixture. Add mixtake into blender and pour in chicken broth (2C) gently until mixture is puree. This may take 3-4 times before you have puree the whole squash and mixture, using all the chicken broth.
Pour into pot and heat low, add 1C of cream and stir. Spice accordingly. Serve with a drizzle of 35% cream on top of soup.
Ok, so this recipe is pretty standard....but there's a secret spice that will put this dish into a kick-ass keeper!
I wont list all the details.... make your favorite and basic dish.....ground beef/ground pork, onions, garlic, worchester sauce, dijon mustard, etc..... Here's the key...add 4 teaspoons of chinese 5 spice.....make sure you do your brown sugar and mustard topping! But it's the 5-spice that takes this meatloaf to the next level! Enjoy!