Quail Egg and 00 Flour Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash, Browned Butter and Fried Sage Leaves

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For me, Meatless Monday is a way to stretch my culinary muscles. Think outside the carnivore box. Mix it up a bit. And, after many weeks of attempting such challenge, I can safely say this: Easier said than done. Problem # 1: I like my swimmers. I definitely like my flyers. And I loooooove my grazers. […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Butter Braised Sage Leaves, and Ground Fennel Seed

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I tried holding onto summer. I really did. But then I spent a week in the mountains, and saw the Halloween paraphernalia. Everywhere. In the pharmacy, the video store (they still exist!), the pizza parlor, the grocery store. Everywhere. Even the latest Williams Sonoma catalog is full of white gourds, orange tureens, gold leaves, and otherwise […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Apple Cranberry Relish

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I prefer a rustic kind of lifestyle: I collect dishes in my sink, flour on my apron and chicken poop under my shoes. I like my edges sharp, my lines wavy and my dots splashed. I believe in guesstimates and rough chops. In handfuls I trust. Most of the time, I can get away with it. My […]

Food Foray # 1.2

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If you missed it, this is the follow-up post to Food Foray # 1.1. It was a busy week, so we just got around to playing with the roasted butternut squash. The plusses – the butternut puree mixture that went into the ravioli was outstanding. So were the fried sage leaves. The construction of the […]

Playing with Butternut, Soup Style

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Over the weekend, we were asked to contribute a simple soup to a good friend’s holiday dinner party. Since butternut squash was on sale (and I’m on a butternut squash kick), we decided to make a soup out of it. While we think everyone happily ate the soup we brought, we’re not exactly married to […]