Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Acorn Squash Bread - Pinterest Challenge

It's that time of year again - the Pinterest Challenge. It's a non official challenge to actually do something off one of your pins hosted by a few fab bloggers - SherryKatieSarah & Carmel. This season I'm doing another food item. To check out my last one see here.


The pin is here

Please check back with the original site and creator here.

Onward to my bread. We got 2 acorn squash in our last CSA (more on that soon). I wondered if they're small for their size or typical. One squash made just over a cup after roasting and de-seeding. I needed 1 cup for the recipe so I ate the rest w/salt & pepper for a little snack. Yum (but after it's blended it reminds me of baby food) whatevs.


I won't go into the entire recipe here. Please check back with the original blogger for that. If you've ever made banana bread you'll be a pro at this.


I was home alone so I had to split this thing by myself. I got dear husband to cut the larger spaghetti and butternut squash recently since they was too much for me. Luckily these were small so it only took a few mins.


The liquids all mixed, then...
the liquids with the dry ingredients!

I went all out with the nuts & dried fruit. All out. I added tons of dried cranberries and broken bits of pecans. The more the merrier!


By the magic of the internet... we have bread! I added a ton of turbinado sugar on top for crunchy goodness.


The final product! YUMMM with a little halloween fun in there too.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Meals for the week - October 28 2012



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Photos of semi lately

While I've been busy not blogging we've been busy taking lots of photos of every day Amato life. It's pretty exciting around here. We're so in the groove of wake up every day, we each go to our respective work or clinical site/school it's finally a set pattern. We're both usually done around 5:30 so enough time to make dinner together, hang out & watch TV before getting ready to do it all over the next day. For a while I wasn't working (early 2012), Tony bounced around between classes, labs, different hospitals, it's actually pretty nice now. 

Typical dinner - homemade pizza (TJ's dough) with homegrown/CSA tomatoes, spinach & mozz with salad with goat cheese. 

Our local farmers market rocks! It's close, they have tons of vendors, fresh food, food carts, doughnuts and one week - free kittens! I wanted to sneak this precious girl kitten in my bag hoping T wouldn't notice. I couldn't stop gushing over her for a days afterwards. Unfortunately I don't think we have the money for another cat.

We hit up the local folk festival. Granted not a great representation of the folk music considering this is just an artsy photo Tony took. Trust me it was fun - and hot for October.

They had a violin maker at one booth.


Who can find where I took a similar photo to this one on the blog?
Where's Waldo Robin with brussels sprouts?

Coming up next... Pinterest Challenge!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall Fest 2012

We celebrated Fall Fest 2012 this weekend. Best party of the year I hear. We ate thanksgiving-y food, had pumpkin desserts, lots of yummy stuff, watched football (we won!), and even carved pumpkin! I made these recipes:
  1. http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Tastes-Like-Thanksgiving-Casserole
  2. http://www.marthastewart.com/337819/mushroom-turnovers-with-sour-cream (and added roasted red peppers & onions instead of all mushrooms)
  3. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buckeyes-i/
All great successes! Especially the casserole. Yum to the um. The buckeyes and turnovers turned out well too although we didn't make the prettiest buckeyes. 



I harvested almost all our tomatoes from the plants in our yard. This squirrel has been stealing them. He eats then leaves good, red tomatoes on our deck, and we know he's around. Jerk. After we lost about 5-6 big tomatoes I decided to pluck them all from the plant. Yes plant (minus the orange ones obvi). Green or red. They came inside. 

There are so many! pickling thoughts...


Now on to sculls. We went to two targets to find this $5 skull. Moving jaw and all. #winner

Also thoughts on persimmons...


Said thanksgiving casserole. Delicious. Also we used rotisserie chicken from the store; not turkey. 0% Organic just for the record (afterthought -jk we had organic carrots). IKEA lingonberry was great on top.


Evil bat kitty pumpkin carving a la Robin.


Who's excited about fall?!

ps. anyone get anything from Nate Berkus's Target line today? I like his rugs.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Goat Cheese, Beet Gnocchi

Today I have a very unique recipe to share. Not your typical weeknight dinner; but it was ours. Last week I took on the task of making this new dish on a Wednesday night. Show of hands - how many people make gnocchi from scratch? Not. a. lot.

I came across goat cheese, beet gnocchi a long time ago, tucked the print off away in my recipe book, and forgot about it. Who knows why... but I decided to finally make it.

First off the recipe: http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/2010/08/beet-goat-cheese-gnocchi-in-rosemary.html. Go there for all the full details. Second off - I had no ided beet gnocchi was a thing, I just googled it. It is.

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The ingredients: goat cheese, beets, egg, flour, salt, spices, butter & fresh sage.


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puree peeled beets in food processor
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whisk in with goat cheese, then add egg and spices

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carefullllyyyyy add flour. beets = messy and you don't want to stain anything

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Make into tiny pillows. I'm still working on this technique, most of mine just look like plop dough balls. Delicious slightly deformed plops!

T's camera looks better than mine/he's a better photographer
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boil in water according to directions on recipe

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meanwhile make sage butter sauce.

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Toss the done gnocchi into the sauce pan and simmer for a minute. This is where I got weird. I tell Tony "I made meat. No really, doesn't it look like grilled beef here?" Wow. It sure does.

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Eat and enjoy.

It tasted amazing! Very filling and very good. I'd definitely make again. Maybe with a different sauce. It really wasn't that hard to make. I mean we bought ready steamed beets so that saved a ton of time. Plus I've made gnocchi before so it wasn't my first rodeo.

Now it's got me thinking about what else can I turn into gnocchi. Besides potato that is.


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