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Makes about 12 cups

1 (3 pound) butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cubed
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste
8 strips bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
6 stalks celery, chopped
6 carrots, chopped
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored, and cubed
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup apple cider
1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1 1/2 cups sour cream

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place squash in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil; mix to coat; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread squash into a single layer on a baking pan. Roast the squash in the preheated oven, turning once, until fork-tender and caramelized; 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Place the bacon in a Dutch oven and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon slices to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving the drippings in the pan.
  4. Place the onion, celery, carrot, bay leaf, curry powder, thyme, and salt and pepper in the Dutch oven; cook in reserved bacon drippings until the carrots and celery are soft. Mix in the apples and cooked squash and cook another 5 minutes. Stir the garlic into the mixture and cook another 1 minute. Pour the apple cider over the mixture; reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer; allow to reduce to about half its original volume. Stir in the chicken stock; simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.
  5. Puree the soup in small batches in a blender, or use an immersion blender. If using a blender, don’t fill the blender more than half-way. Always remove the center lid piece of a stand blender when blending hot liquids so the steam can escape. Cover the hole with a dish towel while blending.
  6. Stir the nutmeg into the soup.
  7. Garnish each bowl with 1 tablespoon of sour cream and some of the bacon pieces to serve.

via Yummly

Crust
10-12 cinnamon graham crackers
1/2 stick butter (more as needed)

Filling
3 – 8 oz packages Philly cream cheese
3/4 c granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint sour cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

  1. Crush/powder grahams, melt butter completely, then combine in bowl. Press into bottom of spring form pan with spoon.
  2. Take soft cream cheese, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, sour cream and powdered sugar in bowl and mix completely. Pour into crust.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for approx. 45 minutes. Top should have a slightly golden color. Allow to cool on countertop to touch, cover with foil, then refrigerate for minimum of 2 hours.