Monthly Archives: November 2012

Fall Panzanella

I’ll be honest with you, I was in the grocery store with a big loaf of crusty bread in my hand thinking “What’s the big deal…  I’ll just buy it instead of making it”, but I JUST. COULDN’T. DO. IT.  
So, I put that gorgeous loaf of bread back amongst it’s friends and headed home to start the focaccia. 

I pulled out the stand mixer, made my dough, let it rise…  Placed it ever so lovingly on my sheet pan to puff up again before sliding it in the oven…  And yet, something was amiss.  It just didn’t look quite right, but I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.  Once it was time for the bread to come out of the sauna, I realized I had a bit of a problem.

Not really sure how I screwed it up, but it was more of a focaccia pancake.  It didn’t rise properly and looked rather pathetic.  So I salvaged what I could, not wanting to waste everything and started over.  
Truth be told, the Ohio State game was on and I was a tad distracted…  There, I’ve said it.  I wasn’t paying attention to my work,  I was watching football. 
That’s what happened.

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A-Maze-Ing

 

Well friends, just because Halloween is behind us don’t think you have no use for pumpkin patches until next year.  Many of them, like this one, grow amazing varieties of squash. 
Everyone knows how I feel about supporting local farmers and buying food that was locally grown whenever possible, so I will refrain from going on and on about it today… but, just in case you don’t:
Please support local farms!

 
Scout out something you’ve never had before and try it, although I wouldn’t necessarily suggest doing so on a day when you are cooking for a house full of people… 

(Old Mother) Hubbard Squash


The past two weeks have been a weather nightmare here and we are all in need of a little comfort.  For me, that usually comes in the form of something warm from the oven.   This particular time, the oven also served as heat for my apartment.  I had purchased a perfect little Hubbard squash and since I had lost my heat it seemed an opportune time to do something with it.

If you have never had Hubbard squash before, you are in for a treat. The flesh is slightly drier than acorn or butternut and it is a bit earthier in flavor. The bluish-gray color and deep orange flesh is beautiful and makes for a striking contrast.

Any kind of roasted squash is, for me, the perfect fall food and if you are the type that likes to change up for your holiday menu this would be a great addition to the meal.  As I have professed before on this very blog, I am NOT the type to change my menu, but adding to it is absolutely permissible. 

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Salty, Crunchy… Healthy?!

As we are all abundantly aware, the Northeast suffered a major storm this week.  I am one of the lucky ones that was relatively unaffected in comparison to so many others.   While things are still getting settled, I humbly offer a quick snack today.

It’s what I had on hand and  about making the most of what I have until the pantry is fully stocked again.  These chips are incredibly fast, require minimal effort and you don’t have to feel the least bit guilty if you finish the entire plate by yourself.