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So I am having this issue.
I am working on something that requires me to talk about myself. And when I say talk about my self, I really mean talk myself up. For some people (like a couple of my brothers), this may come easy, but for me, OMG I cannot do it. If you’ve met me in person than you know I am pretty soft-spoken, especially when it comes to me or my work. Like I just do not like to talk about myself. It totally embarrasses me. And if you talk to me in front of my mom? Oh my gosh, that is the absolute worst. She’ll step in and, go on and on… so embarrassing. You see my mom is a master at talking up her kids, she is a well seasoned pro I tell ya.
I am still at the point in my life where I cannot even accept a complement without feeling awkward. I know it is totally weird, but I guess I am still growing into this whole adulthood thing. I do have to say that I have learned that when I do receive a complement I need say thank you, smile and act like I can own it. It’s worse when you try to brush it off because then you get more compliments and then my face gets all red and flushed and then they know I am embarrassed.
So now I just nod along and say my thank you’s. Hey, maybe I am learning and growing… just slowly.
Anyway, I spent my Saturday trying to talk about myself. It was the first day I had not cooked and photographed in so long…it wasn’t all that fun. Sitting at a desk is just so not for me. I get too distracted. Towards the last hour or so, I just couldn’t focus anymore. I had been working at my computer for six plus hours and at some point during the last hour, my mind drifted towards Christmas.
For all you Christmas haters, you should just stop reading now and skip down to where I am going to talk about this soup. For the rest of you, I have crossed over to full on Thanksgiving and Christmas mode. I have always loved the holidays, especially Christmas, but this year feels different. I am thinking that maybe it’s because it has been such a stressful and busy year (good busy!). I think I just need something to cling to and get excited about. As much as I love my work, I need another release to help me relax. I am pretty sure most of you can understand, and for me, the one things I can really get into is the holidays. So this upcoming season has me pretty excited to say the least.
Plus, if all goes well, my big GC (general contractor) of a mom is telling me the barn will be move in ready come the first (or second) week of December. I have to say, I am highly skeptical. While the barn is certainly looking more finished, there is still boatloads to do in three to four weeks. Still hoping for three though! I obviously want to have plenty of time to decorate for Christmas. And don’t worry I have been a little better about getting down to the barn to take photos the last couple of weeks, so when all is done I can show you guys a little bit of the process.
But back to that last hour of computer work, yeah I totally spent most of that last hour scouring all my favorite cooking sites looking through their Christmas collections. It was so fun… too bad I couldn’t actually buy anything because um, my budget’s a little tight ever since this whole barn project decided to go and get all pricey (like a lot pricey) on us. Ugh. Reality.
Our weather is apparently supposed to turn pretty cold here this week so I made us all some soup. I mean, it is soup weather after all. This isn’t any old soup though, and I have to say that I am hoping you will serve this as a first course at Thanksgiving. It’s picture perfect for Thanksgiving. ESPECIALLY if you take the time to cut the acorn squash and pie pumpkins into cute little soup bowls. This may be one of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving, it’s so fun and people kind of get all impressed by them, which works out as bonus points for you, obviously.
This is such a simple soup, but it’s packed with spicy, sweet flavors. The pumpkin soup itself is chipotle cheddar and I swear that pumpkin, chipotle and cheddar is one of the best combos. I have even done it on pizza (with bacon) and it’s just so good. If you are worried about it being too spicy, you can just reduce the amount of chipotle. To be honest though, I wouldn’t worry about the spiciness too much. The creamy, cheesy soup helps to mellow out the spicy flavors.
My favorite component to this chipotle pumpkin soup is the topping. I am such a huge fan of good chorizo. I say good, because not all chorizo is equal, and if you can make you own, well, more power to you!! The chorizo is the perfect topping and adds bits of texture to this otherwise textureless soup. Oh, and the apple? I know this may seem totally odd, but the sweetness of the caramelized apple plays off those spicy flavors in the chorizo and chipotle. You have to trust me on this. You’ll love the combo together.
And if you are still freaked by the apples, just leave um, but I am telling you, you should at least give them a try. It’s not weird!
Or maybe it’s kind of weird, but it doesn’t taste weird. Just good.
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This looks delicious! Any tips for making this in the crock pot?
I would cook on low for 6-8 hours. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx
Hey Tieghan! Do you think there’s a way to incorporate beer into this soup? Love your recipes and have your books proudly displayed on my coffee table xo
Hi there! Yes, I’m sure a bit of beer would be yummy in this soup! 🙂 xTieghan
Does it freeze well? Would you leave out the cream?
Sure, you can definitely freeze this without the cream! Let me know how this recipe turns out for you, I hope you love it! xx
Do you have any substitute suggestions for the chorizo for non-meat eaters? This looks amazing and I know the chorizo gives it lots of flavor…however….
I would do some nuts in place of the chorizo, you could even use a vegan meat! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Is this one of those questions ?? ? Do u cook the acorn squash bowls ? And for how long so they don’t collapse? :/
For this recipe I did not cook the acorn squash bowls. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
This soup was so easy to make, and the flavors are amazing!! A perfect savory fall dish.
Happy Monday! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a lot for giving it a try! xTieghan