This recipe can be a starter for a fancy winter meal or just a good everyday soup for cold weather. I was going to save it to post next fall, but then I looked out the window and it is snowing again, so I thought, why wait? I often keep some portioned in the freezer to compliment a quick lunch. Now that you can buy squash already cubed and packaged in the fresh produce section, it is a lot simpler to make. Just be sure the squash is nice and orange, not pale yellow; you want it to have a lot of flavor. If you are good with a knife, it doesn’t take that long to cut up your own. I prefer using the sweet winter pears over apples.