12.30.2010

Temptation Thursday!

"Tomatoes and squash never fail to reach maturity. You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it."
-S. J. Perelman


Hello! I hope you are doing well! Only 2 more days of 2010 left - WOW! I don't make resolutions, I find they are a waste of time and energy. Instead I like do little things that eventually lead to something wonderful! One small thing I am going to try and do in 2011 is eat more vegetables. Ever since I was a little girl I have only like a few vegetables and that has not changed, so I am going to expand my palate! I am starting with a recipe that is very good and even if you do like like squash, I think you will agree. Enjoy!

"You know, when you get your first asparagus, or your first acorn squash, or your first really good tomato of the season, those are the moments that define the cook`s year. I get more excited by that than anything else."
-Mario Batali



Mashed Squash

Ingredients:

* 1 butternut squash (1 1/2-2lbs), unpeeled, halved (lengthwise), seeds removed
* 5 Tbsp butter
* 2 Tbsp maple syrup
* Salt to taste
* Chives, finely chopped

Directions:

1.) Place squash, skin side up, on microwave-safe dish.
2.) Cover squash with plastic wrap.
3.) Microwave on high 6-8 min, until tender.
4.) Let squash rest covered 10-15 min, or until cool enough to handle.
5.) Remove plastic wrap carefully to avoid steam.
6.) Scoop squash from peel & transfer to food processor.
7.) Add butter, maple syrup, and salt to taste.
8.) Puree until smooth, 2-3 min; scrape down sides of processor.
9.) Scoop into serving bowl and garnish with chives.

Thought of the Day:

"Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it."
-Author Unknown


Have a great day and remember: Go Ahead & Indulge!

3 comments:

yarnabees said...

Yummy It sounds and looks delicious!

PoetessWug said...

I love squash...butternut and summer squash particularly, but acorn squash is 'Up There' on my list too...Okay, I love squash of all kinds...along as there is at least a little bit of meat somewhere in the vicinity. :-)

leapinggazelle said...

That looks yummy NIcole! I'll have to try it :)