The bay leaf is an aromatic leaf commonly used in cooking. It can be used whole, or as dried and ground. If eaten whole, bay leaves are pungent and have a sharp, bitter taste. As with many spices and flavorings, the fragrance of the bay leaf is more noticeable than its taste. When dried, the fragrance is herbal, slightly floral, and somewhat similar to oregano and thyme.
Butternut squash soup is one of the easiest, most flavorful, and creamy soups to make! You can stir in a little coconut oil just before serving, if you enjoy a slight sweet coconut flavor. Feel free to skip it if you are not a fan!