Soup- Vermont Butternut Soup

Vermont Butternut Soup

One of my favorite culinary memories is dining out and eating butternut squash soup at a restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia called “Bilbo Baggins.”

This is not their recipe, however I like to read recipe books to replicate it.  Since then , I enjoy the taste of  butternut squash soup each fall season taking me through winter.

Prep: 20 minutes             Cook 45 minutes                                                            Serves 12

Maple syrup brings out the best butternut flavor. 


3 Tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoons chopped onion

1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped

3 tablespoons flour

4 cups warm chicken stock

1 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut in large cubes (about 9 cups)

1 clove garlic

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1  1/2 cups  milk

1/2 cup light cream

2 tablespoons maple syrup or to taste


In a large kettle melt butter and add onion and carrot.  Cook over medium-low heat, about 5 minutes, until onions are tender. 

Sprinkle with flour and continue cooking for 3 minutes while stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and blend in warmed chicken stock.  

Add squash, garlic, and parsley, and simmer  covered for 45 minutes.  Cool.  Puree in batches in blender or food processor.


Transfer to kettle, add milk, cream, and syrup, and heat through.

 Make Ahead:

May be frozen in an airtight container after pureeing but before adding milk, cream, and syrup.  If not using full amount of frozen soup, or if planning to freeze some of it, use 1/2 cup squash puree, 1 teaspoon syrup, 2 tablespoons milk, and 2 teaspoons cream per person.





Hildene – The Lincoln Family Home

Very beautiful flowers

Very beautiful flowers


Garden flowers in Manchester, Vermont

Garden flowers in Manchester, Vermont


Our visit to The Lincoln Family Home called Hildene located in Manchester Vermont was both quite regal  and educational.

This was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln,  son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, who lived here between 1905 and 1926.  


He got his idea for the design of the  formal gardens from a patterns in a stained glass window.  There are outstanding views of the flanking mountains,  as in my photo pictured.

The home is a stately, 24-room Georgian Revial  mansion.  Its features include a sweeping staircase and a 1908 Aeolian organ with 1,000 pipes (we heard it playing during the tour).

Staircase at Hildene

Staircase at Hildene


View from top of Hildene staircase of illustrated children's book covers

View from top of Hildene staircase of illustrated children's book covers


A close-up of the staircase reveals white painted carved spindles of three alternating designs; the banisters and handrails wood is dark stained wood, maple.

There is a beautiful chandelier suspended from the ceiling  and adorning this sweeping  staircase.


Hildene’s Rooms:

Some of the 24 rooms  pictured have beautiful wallpaper and paintings.


Dinner will be served!

Dinner will be served!



Unique horn-shaped vases

Unique horn-shaped vases


Horn Shaped Vases.

Trees wallpaper at Hildene

Trees wallpaper at Hildene


The Organ and the Music.   Pictured on the shelf are long boxes conatining one song each.

What song is playing?

What song is playing?

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