Sunday, August 23, 2009

Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar & Vanilla

Here's tonight's dessert,

Planned for dinner, this was too sweet and we were too full of Gruyere Penne to eat this for the main course. This was delicious.

I have a big sweet tooth so growing up my mother used to make this sweet dish to satisfy my cravings and to get me to eat my vegetables. I decided to try it out on my own for the first time. It's a very simple recipe but takes a little muscle to cut through the squash.

Cut the squash in half vertically. Spoon out the seeds (save for a tasty baked snack.) Place in a shallow dish and fill with 1/2 inch of water. Fill the squash with brown sugar, a little butter, and a little vanilla. I sprinkled cinnamon around the edges for a little more flavor and color. Baked for a little over and hour or until a fork can cut through easily. Enjoy your dessert.

To go along with this, I seasoned the squash seeds with cinnamon, a little sugar and a few dashes of chili powder. I baked them for 15 minutes and they were delicious.

Gruyere White sauce & Asparagus Penne Rigate

We're not the biggest pasta eaters but we were in the mood for some creamy Italian tonight. We were originally planning to have acorn squash (it actually became our dessert.) The creamy guyere sauce was actually very simple to make.

I haven't yet started tracking exact measurements, and this time I really just winged it.

- heavy whipping cream
- handful of gruyere shredded
- half a handful of feta crumbles
- half a handful of shredded mozzarella
- a splash of milk
- two tablespoons of parsley
- one fresh basil leaf
- fresh garlic
- ground pepper

Saute the asparagus in a little olive oil and garlic until tender.

Hope you like it!

Introduction and Inspirations

Good Evening to all you hungry stomachs out there interested in perusing the blogosphere in hopes of finding your new and exciting recipe of the week! Recently that's been one of my favorite thing to do, second to the actual cooking of course.

For the last few months it seems, every time I get ready to cook something I find myself hovering over my favorite food blog; "ZOE, Inspired Finds and Tastes". I must say, I know the author quite well and have found it quite the inpiration. My boyfriend Michael loves it and has talked me into writing my own. I can only hope I can keep my page as up to date and appetizing as hers. In fact, you may find me trying out some of her recipes from time to time. Not without credit of course.

Other than ZOE's blog, some of my other favorite sources include "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman, and my mother's old family recipe cards. So far I've mostly followed these recipes with a few modifications here and there but hope to be creating more adventurous dishes soon.

Without further adieu, I'll start posting so get your napkins ready!