My son got a hold of the chef that made the soup my sister enjoyed so much and was able to get the recipe from him. Keep in mind that he was cooking for a restaurant and these amounts are for less than he'd normally make. He says it should make a gal of the soup, but doesn't seem like that much to me.
Butternut Squash Soup
1 good size or 2 small butternut squash, sliced in half and deseeded drizzle with oil, then salt, pepper, a little cinnamon and nutmeg Roast at 350* until soft with a nice carmelization
1 chopped onion 1 or 2 sliced carrots 2 or 3 sliced celery 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced 1/4 cp cream maple syrup Creme Fresh (with a little mark over the creme, French word)
In a large pot, sweat out onion, carrots, and celery in small amount of butter. Add garlic about half way through sweating.
deglaze the pan with white wine, just enough to deglaze with.
Add the sweet potato, and the scooped out squash. Fill to just covering vegetable with water or chicken stock and cook until all the vegetables are soft.
Add the cream and heat to a small rolling simmer.
Puree and strain
Sweeten to taste with the maple syrup and Creme Fresh.
I would think a blender would do. I've never pureed anything but baby food back when my kids were babies and that's how I did it. Ben said something about straining it after, but I know he has a special chef's strainer he uses. He tried to get me to use it for my regular water-based soups and I never bothered. Don't need to strain it that fine in my book. I would think with as soft as the veggies are going to be from cooking, they will blend up pretty smooth.
Glad you liked the ideas and hope somebody tries and lets me know how it is. I have to get another recipe from him for Lobster Stew that my sister also loves. Keep forgetting to ask him, though.
I loved the way you squeezed that in Chris. Which reminds me of the story of one of my old buddies who was a coal miner and got covered with a roof fall. The guys said that when they got to him he was singing, the whole song in the same scale: A flat miner.