Posts made in April, 2016

Zucchini Round-up

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Asian and Vegetarian | 1 comment

 

 

Taking full advantage of spiralized zucchini “pasta” love, a fellow shopper at the farmers’ market led me to the easiest application ever; Zucchini “Pasta” with Butternut Squash from Williams-Sonoma.

 

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Not including basic pantry ingredients, a small butternut squash, and a few zucchini makes a quick fresh stovetop dinner.

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Dice the butternut in smallish cubes; then warm the oil in a skillet and brown the cubes of squash.

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Season the vegetables to taste with plenty of garlic and crushed red pepper.

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Add the zucchini, and cook until strands are tender.  (I also added a few tablespoons of water to flash steam the squash). A few cherry tomatoes landed in the skillet too.

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This was the main dish for our supper and I’m thinking could be a clever veggie side dish as well.

Serve it in individual bowls with Parmesan cheese.

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Next time I’ll be doubling this recipe. Honestly, I could have eaten it from the skillet!

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Goodbye Old Girl

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in New | 4 comments

Call me crazy; who in the world gets sentimental about appliances?  When we built our home in the autumn of 1987 we designed our kitchen around a sturdy restaurant-duty range built to stand forever.  Remembering today, MP driving to the city of Vernon in our mink-colored minivan to pick her up is bittersweet.

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At that time commercial ranges were yet to be modified for home installation; we had the city inspector in a conundrum for a spell.

 

 

 

The Wolf Challenger Classic Range has long been retired in capital red letters.

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Today my dependable companion, The Old Babe has found a new home (and fresh ebony paint) in Washington State.

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Call me crazy; I’m having a hard time saying good-bye.  Pancakes on the griddle, pizzas in the oven, and thousands of cookies later; I yet see a ragged copy of Jane Brody's Good Food Book open on the white tiles, soup on the stove; The Wolf and I are dancing to Steely Dan with playful boys wrestling on the other side of the counter.

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To be continued...

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Bless Her Heart

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Pasta | 0 comments

Daphne Oz takes a lot of social media heat and she glows by the fire; I am a fan.  Among other things, she brings a healthy, kid-friendly balance to otherwise cheffy dishes on ABC’s, The Chew.  Before we left on MP’s award trip (more about that later) I put together her simple, lightened up Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese. 

Daphne Oz

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In addition, I used fresh cubed squash available in most markets now.  Gluten-free kiddos?  Use appropriate pasta.

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There are other variations; Daphne’s technique mimics a rich, indulgent béchamel sauce by steeping the squash in milk; cool trick. I will add, don’t worry if the milk looks curdled.

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Once the squash is tender, add to a blender (I used a food processor) and puree until smooth.

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Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet; add the minced shallot (and a hefty pinch of crushed red pepper in our pot) and sauté shallot until tender seasoning with salt and pepper.

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Pour in the squash puree, stock,

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a generous amount of nutmeg, and cheese. Simmer about 5 minutes until thickened.

Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions.  The recipe calls for a full pound—I suggest 12 ounces or three-quarters of the pasta. Drain the pasta, reserving ½-3/4's cup of pasta water; add enough pasta water to loosen the sauce.

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Taste the sauce and adjust seasonings; then toss with the elbow macaroni.

A final step includes topping the dish with toasted panko breadcrumbs—but I skipped this

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and served it straight up garnished with freshly chopped parsley, a handful of halved cherry tomatoes, and a snowy shower of more cheese.

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Not particularly fancy, but satisfying, veggie sweet and creamy without going overboard.

I dug it, although it wasn’t MP’s favorite—Silly Poppy!

Let me know how Kate, Lauren, Wyatt, and Sawyer like this one.

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As a Reflection

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in New | 0 comments

20160305_134321-1 (2)For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror;

then we shall see face to face.

Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,

even as I am fully known.

--1 Corinthians 13:12

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Where in the World

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in New | 1 comment

Oopsie, I think I missed the lifeboat drill!

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