Thursday, October 21

Trying new things with Vegetable #1

Now that I have someone to cook for, I have found myself in the kitchen the past few nights cooking some of the old favorites.  While it is nice to have stand by's that you know your family will love, it is really easy to fall into a rut, especially with vegetables.  As I was making the 4 o'clock dash through Kroger I had an epiphany starring at the assortment of fall squash.  Every time I look at them I wonder what they taste like (among other veggies) but I still side with the ever predictable zucchini or green beans.  I have decided that over the next week or two I am going to try new 7 vegetables that normally I would be reluctant to try. Seven is a random number that I just pulled out of my head, so I don't have a reason for that.

"Why not start tonight?", I asked myself. 
Vegetable #1
On the menu at the Langford house is....drum roll please...Acorn Squash!
Technically it was Golden Acorn Squash .  Purrrty...
 First I cut it in half and cut off the top part where the stem was.
 Secondly I took a spoon and scooped out the seeds and the stringy stuff from the middle, just like you would do while cleaning a pumpkin.
 Next I sliced it into 1/4-1/2 in crescent shapes.  And lined them on a baking sheet and brushed them with olive oil. I then sprinkled them with kosher salt, fresh cracked black pepper, brown sugar, and a *dash* of chili powder.
Then I baked them for 5 min @ 400 degrees, flipped them, and then continued to bake for 20 min. 
They were a hit with me and my much more vegetable cautious husband.  I have permission to cook them again.
However, the next time I would make sure to line the baking sheet with aluminum foil, and I would cut them differently, maybe even peel the skin off (even though it was edible, maybe that is just personal preference).  I am lucky that my husband trusts me and has agreed to willingly participate in my vegetable adventure, he only had one olives and I agree.  The only olives in this house are the Olive Yous! 

And here is a riddle for you.
What is hairy, has big ears, and loves ice cream....


1 comment:

Cari Walters said...

I love Acorn Squash!! One of my favs. smothered in butter! :)

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