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Butternut Squash “Instinct” Soup

Butternut Squash “Instinct” Soup
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Los Angeles doesn’t really have a ‘winter.’ As I sit to write this, the temperature outside is a balmy 75 degrees.  So, making soup isn’t always first and foremost on my mind.  However, I really wanted to make this dish from Shelley Whizin, as I saw her make it on the Melissa’s Produce YouTube channel late last year.

It was such a treat to be able to watch her make this and a few other recipes. Shelley is the author of What Do You Bring To The Table.  She uses food as an analogy to what is brought to the table of life, inspiring a greater self-awareness as to what feeds the body, mind, and heart. Her thoughtful insights guide readers to discover their essence as a practice for happy mindfulness while cooking. As someone training to be a Reiki master, her philosophy really resonates with me!

Shelley is a multi-faceted woman, who is the founder of The Soul Diving Institute in Sherman Oaks, California. Her programs and teachings focus on the art and science of BEing human through explorative processes called Soul-Diving™. She is also a philanthropist, teacher, speaker, and innovative creator of programs that enhance and elevate individuals to increasing their Joy Factor© in daily life and living. She guides, coaches and teaches individuals how to bring love, honor, and dignity into everything they do, including cooking.


This is a gorgeous dish she calls “Butternut Squash Ginger Carrot Instinct Soup.”  Want to know what the “Instinct” is?  According to Shelley, “My recipes allow room for adding “instinct” inspired ingredients to the recipes, which I call “Instinct Cooking”.  This hearty soup will surely be a fall to winter favorite.

And BONUS….I learned about a new cooking tool, which is actually an OLD cooking tool. She showed us what a spurtle was.  Just saying the name is super fun!  According to Wikipedia; The spurtle  is a wooden Scottish kitchen tool, dating from the fifteenth century, that is used to stir porridge, soups, stews and broths.

The rod-like shape means that porridge can be stirred without congealing and forming lumps, unlike a spoon that would have a dragging effect during stirring, and the low surface area reduces the chances of porridge sticking to the instrument.

Spurtles are made from wood, including beech, cherry wood, and maple. They come in a range of sizes. Traditional spurtles have stylized thistles at the top, while modern ones often have a smooth taper.

The custom is that a spurtle should be used to stir in a clockwise direction with the right hand. I’m left-handed, but I’m gonna get one, just because it’s fun!

If you enjoy a sweeter soup, this is for you! Full disclosure-there’s one ingredient I left out, as I’m not a huge maple-flavor fan, outside of putting syrup on my waffles and pancakes. I’m including it here for you, as this is her original recipe.  The soup was fantastic without it!  Enjoy….

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