Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Comfort of Apples Give Away!!!

What a joy! We love apples in this family and I grew up in the northwest with apple trees in everyone's yard! So I thought I knew most everything about these precious orbs; well I learned more than I thought possible!  Phil and Lauren Rubin's The Comfort of Apples is a delightful book with over 100 mouthwatering recipes and photos that make you feel you are sitting in the orchards themselves.
I am sharing one of their recipes from The Comfort of Apples to show you how easy and tasty their recipes are! Butternut Squash Apple Soup is our new family favorite; let me tell you the goat cheese knocked it right out of the apple orchard!  Filippo just loves calves' liver so I tried "Calves' Liver with Cider-Bacon Vinaigrette" and my very picky husband gave this recipe two thumbs up and declared it perfection!  I can't wait to get back into the kitchen and get to know a few more of Phil & Lauren's recipes from The Comfort of Apples!  ON TOP OF THAT.....I am giving one of these magnificent books away to one of my blog followers.  On September 30th all followers will be put into a drawing and one lucky foodie will be sent The Comfort of Apples directly from the publisher.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
by Philip & Lauren Rubin,
Authors of The Comfort of Apples: Modern Recipes for an Old-Fashioned Favorite

Soup should be a smooth, friendly spoonful, which is why this is a lasting combination. Some ingredients just work well together: Butternut squash and apples have a complementary, mellow sweetness. Sweet potatoes and apples have a similar agreement, hence our sweet potato side dish


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 4 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup walnut halves
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, sliced in ¼ -inch rounds

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent about 3 minutes. Add the squash, apples, carrots, stock, and cinnamon and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer until the vegetables are soft when pierced with a fork, 20 to 30 minutes.

2. Ladle the vegetables and half of the broth into a blender or food processor. Puree until very smooth. Return soup to the pot and stir in the remaining broth, one ladleful at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. Season well with salt and pepper.

3. To serve, place a few walnuts in the center of a soup bowl. Shingle 2 slices of goat cheese on top of the walnuts and ladle the soup around the goat cheese. The idea is to have the goat cheese visible atop the soup. (Hint: it may be easier to ladle the soup into a large measuring cup with a spout and pour from there.)

Serves 6 

The above is an excerpt from the book The Comfort of Apples: Modern Recipes for an Old-Fashioned Favorite by Philip & Lauren Rubin. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2010 Philip & Lauren Rubin, authors of The Comfort of Apples: Modern Recipes for an Old-Fashioned Favorite

Author Bios
Philip and Lauren Rubin
, authors of The Comfort of Apples: Modern Recipes for an Old-Fashioned Favorite, and graduates of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, own 2 Peas & A Pot, a Manhattan catering company. They previously worked in several restaurants, including Cafe Luxembourg, Union Pacific, and Tribeca Grill. Lauren has also worked as a personal chef and recipe tester at Good Housekeeping. They have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and were the subjects of a full-length feature in BizBash, the premier trade magazine for event planners. They live in New York City with their son, Henry.

For more information please visit www.2peasandapot.com and follow the authors on Twitter.
"Disclosure: I was given The Comfort of Apples from FSB Media. http://www.fsbmedia.com/book_reviews.php?isbn13=9780762759644  
I was not compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own."


  1. Normally I'm not a big soup person, but this looks really good. Good job KC.

  2. KC, I "must" make this soup! Thanks for the great recipe and beautiful post! The book looks wonderful also...can't wait to check it out! xo

  3. This sounds and looks delicious. Thank you for sharing. The book looks good too!!! Dee

  4. I'm a follower!!! And this is the perfect season for squash & apple soup! Yum. Might have to try it this weekend!

  5. I would love this book! and I think I am already a follower, but if I am not, count me in as of now!