All posts tagged butternut squash

butternut squash + sweet potato soup.

butternut squash + sweet potato soup.

I feel like the Midwest has reached the Official Second Tier of Chilly for the season: I can see the puffs of breath and car exhaust in the morning, we rarely leave the house without some sort of sweatshirt or coat on, and the days are brisk and mostly sunny. I’m making the most of things until Daylight Savings Time kicks in, which will signal the end of our evening walks (as it will get dark by 5 pm, a total bummer for someone who walks regularly and really loves this time of year for it) and the start of much shorter days. I know for certain that it’s soup weather: I’ve been wandering through cookbooks searching for new ones to try. Continue reading →

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butternut squash + apple muffins with a cinnamon-vanilla doughnut glaze. also, writing is wonderful.

butternut + apple muffins with cinnamon vanilla glaze.

BIG NEWS, FRIENDS: I am now an esteemed journalist. Well, maybe not “esteemed” as of yet; basically, someone actually put my words in print and I didn’t even beg them to.

Just yesterday, the September issue of Feast Magazine hit the stands, and I am listed in it as a contributing writer. You saw me contribute to their online site a few months back, which was thrilling in and of itself, but being in the print edition is huge. And, best of all, I’m in it twice: once as part of a feature on kitchen gadgets alongside some of my favorite local bloggers, and again in my own column, which I’ll be writing every month. As you may guess, I’m writing this on a cloud floating high in the sky above my desk right now; I am elated.

So let’s talk about the articles, shall we?  Continue reading →

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farmers’ market monday: root vegetable + apple roast with cider glaze.

So, technically, it’s not Monday. I was going to try to sneak this past you and be all “what? you didn’t get this until Tuesday? Stupid WordPress…” but I can’t lie to you like that. I had this post written a week ago, but things got in the way of me finishing up with the recipe bit yesterday. Who wants a blog post without an actual recipe somewhere? Not you. Please consider this my Farmers’ Market Monday post, even though it’s a day late. 

I know I’m like a broken record here with the squash and the apple cider, and we’re only a few days into October. I’m not apologizing; as far as I’m concerned, it’s important, basically your ethical duty, to enjoy as many root vegetables and fall fruits as you possibly can right now. You’ll thank me when it’s mid-January and many of us will be staring open-mouthed at our pantries wondering where it all went. Can you still get apples and some root veggies mid-winter? Sure you can. but this is autumn, people; get with the program. Everyone knows things are tastier now while you’re in the throes of pre-holiday excitement. Continue reading →

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farmers’ market monday: butternut squash + sage puff pizza.

Please allow me to apologize for my radio silence these past few days. I normally post something mid-week (sometimes a few somethings), and I didn’t do that. Aside from life being its normal fever-pitchy self, I had an always-entertaining on again, off again headache. Not the ones that make you cry if you see a speck of light and make stuffed animals hitting the floor sound like gunblasts, no; rather, it was the sort that you can mostly function with, albeit poorly. So I could get through the day with some effort, but writing? Not a chance. Headaches like that allow me to go through the motions, but that doesn’t mean I can formulate complete sentences; certainly if I could manage to do that, I’d never commit whatever came out on (virtual) paper. So here we are, one week later, no posts until today. Please allow me to make it up to you. Continue reading →

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spiced butternut, arugula + pine nut salad.

The thing about writing this blog is it gives me a massive (and fairly valid) excuse to make whatever I feel like, whenever I want. Like two kinds of stuffing in one day. or seven-layer bars because I wanted chocolate. or a giant orange Bundt cake. twice. Because I felt the glaze could be better. You get the point. And since I don’t live in some sort of commune, or have 15 teenagers, most of the time I have quite a bit left over. I freeze what I can, but that leaves me with two choices: a freezer at max capacity or orange cake for lunch. dilemma.  Continue reading →

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