Delicata Squash Salad

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Believe or not, we STILL have some delicata squash hanging around our counters. And while it was VERY tempting to make some more Inside-Out Ravioli, I decided to completely shift gears and try to make a salad instead. I found and followed a great recipe at Chow.com for a Roasted Delicata Squash Salad. I did make some changes though from the recipe posted online.

I used two shallots instead of one (since that plus the olive oil and vinegar make up the “dressing” and we seemed to need a little more than what the recipe called for). I also used Red Wine Vinegar instead of Sherry Vinegar. (Trader Joe’s didn’t have sherry vinegar and I didn’t feel like driving all over to find it.) The same was true with ricotta salata, so I used feta instead. (I didn’t add the Saba either.) And then instead of buying and using pumpkin seeds, I just roasted and used the delicata seeds instead. (They taste just as good!)

All in all, despite my variations, the salad was VERY tasty and I would have never thought of that combination without the Chow.com Recipe. This salad would be a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner addition as well. For those who want to add some greens to your feast, here are more last minute salad ideas for the Thursday meal. Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted in Recipes by Rhaya on November 24, 2009 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Hummus Revisited

We’ve mentioned hummus a few times before, but I’ve been making a lot of it lately so here is my new recipe for an old favorite.  It’s way better than the packaged stuff! 

Basic Hummus

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini
  • couple shakes of ground cumin powder
  • couple shakes of cayenne powder
  • couple shakes of garlic powder (or 1-2 cloves)
  • couple teaspoons of salt

Throw it all together in a food processor and add just a touch of water to get it all moving along nicely.  Puree to your desired consistency.  It’s lovely with fresh veggies or try it with some won ton chips.

Posted in Recipes by Liz on November 13, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Inside-Out Ravioli

Inside Out Ravioli

There has been an abundance of Delicata squash at our house lately, and I was ready to try something new with this wonderful winter vegetable. I searched high and low for a recipe that was a unique main entree and hit the jackpot with this recipe for Inside-Out Squash Ravioli Pasta on the Big Girls, Small Kitchen web site. The result was a delicious and filling “comfort food” meal that we will be sure to make again. Next time, we will probably add a little less nutmeg, to better suit our personal tastes.

I have re-posted the recipe here below with the permission of Big Girls, Small Kitchen. Make sure to check out their site for more great recipes!


Inside-Out Squash Ravioli Pasta

1 18-0z winter squash
2 teaspoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
pinch cayenne
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons cream
5-6 ounces pasta
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
Freshly ground pepper

Bring about an inch of water to the boil in a large stockpot. Cut the squash into large wedges and remove the seeds. Arrange in a steamer basket. Steam for 8-12 minutes, until the squash is very tender. Remove the steamer basket and let the squash cool so you can handle it. Remove the flesh from the skin into a small bowl, then mash it well with a spoon.

Meanwhile, fill up the pot with water for pasta and start it boiling.

In a medium frying pan, melt the butter over very low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is golden, about 8 minutes. (Don’t raise the heat and try to rush this.) Add the cayenne, nutmeg, and salt.

Now, add the milk, cream, and mashed squash to the pan, stirring to smooth. Raise the heat slightly, bring to the simmer. Simmer over medium heat until reduced, about 7 minutes. When you reach this point, you can add your pasta to the boiling water, so it’ll be ready at the same time as the sauce.

When the sauce is reduced and the pasta done, reserve a 1/2 cup of pasta water, and drain the pasta. Add it to the simmering sauce, spooning in reserved water if necessary. Season with pepper and more salt to taste, then divide between two bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve. (Serves 2)

Posted in Recipes by Rhaya on November 11, 2009 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Friday Fave: Etsy

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Holiday shopping season is quickly approaching and while we have had gift guides in past years, I certainly think that you can’t go wrong with doing a little holiday shopping at Etsy.com.

I have made more than a few Etsy purchases in the past, including this sunglasses case made from plastic bags, this calendar printed on recycled paper, and just today I treated myself to a pair of stunning vintage earrings. Needless to say, I plan on doing some Christmas shopping at Etsy as well.

Esty.com can also be a very eco-conscious shopping destination. You will find tons of recycled and “upcycled” pieces, such as this clock and these arm warmers. In addition to plenty of handmade items, there are also quite a few vintage finds, from the fun to the fabulous.

Posted in Friday Fave by Rhaya on November 6, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Thanksgiving CSA

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Wayward Seed Farm is doing it again.  They’ve put together a one-time CSA full of all the farm fresh ingredients you will need for a delicious Thanksgiving feast.  Here’s what is included this year:

  • One 16-20 lb. Free Range Pasture Turkey or One Hubbard Squash
  • Green Mountain Potatoes
  • Beauregard Sweet Potatoes
  • Tadorna Leeks
  • Colored Carrot Mix
  • French Breakfast, Black Spanish and/or Daikon Radishes
  • Merlin and/or Golden Beets
  • Gold Ball, Purple Top and/or Scarlett Queen Red Stem Turnips
  • Laurentian Rutabaga
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Braising Greens
  • Salad Greens
  • Conquistador Celery
  • Rossa di Milano Onions
  • Pate Brisee Pie Crust
  • Baby Bear Pie Pumpkins
  • Kabocha or Buttercup Squash
  • Gold Rush Apples
  • Herbs
  • Gourds and Indian Corn

In addition, each share comes with recipe ideas and a unique 2009 Thanksgiving tote designed and hand-printed by a local artist.  The price is $165 for a Turkey CSA and $130 for a Hubbard Squash.  How easy is this?  Reserve now by emailing farm@waywardseed.com or visit their website for more information, there’s no telling how long these will last!

If you are not in the central Ohio area, check out www.localharvest.org for your own local resources and the 100milediet.org for your inspiration.

Posted in Going Local by Liz on November 5, 2009 | Permalink | No Comments

Clean Body

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I would like to introduce you to this fun little book called “Clean Body” by Michael DeJong.  It’s chock-full of natural body cleaning techniques using homemade remedies out of olive oil, lemons, baking soda, salt, and vinegar.   It’s a very quick and entertaining read but makes a great case for leaving your traditional store bought, chemical-laden, body products behind claiming that all you need for a truly clean body can be found in a handful of products right in your kitchen.

Here is excerpts from the book to give you a taste of some of the quick and easy recipes you will find:

  • Mix together equal parts of extra virgin olive oil and salt to create a wonderful skin softener.  Mix the two, so that the salt soaks up the olive oil, and then scrub your entire body, head to toe.  Expect to be energized as well as exfoliated.  Massage the mixture into your body and wash off thoroughly.  You’d pay good money for this treatment if you were at a spa!
  • Liberate yourself of dead skin cells with this awesome all-over exfoliator.  Blend three quarters of a cup of sea salt or coarse kosher salt, three tablespoons of baking soda, and one-quarter cup of olive oil in a bowl.  Jump into a warm-to-hot shower, douse yourself down, dip a washcloth into the mixture, and scrub everything you can reach with the all-over exfoliator.  Rinse well.  Find your newly revealed, stunningly soft skin sparkling fresh and re-energized.

Reprinted with permission from Clean Body, copyright 2009 by Michael DeJong, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.


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Posted in At The Market by Liz on November 3, 2009 | Permalink | 1 Comment