So in prep for my first class - I'm making butternut squash soup. I've made pumpkin curry soup from scratch - so I understand the basic premise.
This morning grabbed a cooks illustrated recipe and a nice looking squash.
Here is the recipe - http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/489-silky-butternut-squash-soup
Instead of blending the soup in a traditional blender - I opted for a smart stick hand blender.
I didn't try the cinnamon sugar croutons since I'm allergic but I feel they would be a fantastic addition.
To fill out this meal I also roasted a whole chicken. I didn't have an onion on hand but figured leaks and shallots would work well. (Here is an easy chicken recipe - http://m.foodnetwork.com/recipes/21404)
No dinner would be complete without dessert - peach cobbler is up next!
Just don't forget your peaches on the stove - or you will be having frozen coffee cake. :(