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How to Cut Up a Butternut Squash (without Losing a Limb)

How to Cut Up a Butternut Squash (without Losing a Limb)

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in Foundations

Years ago, I remember Martha Stewart tweeting something like, “ask me anything about winter squash!” And because, at that very moment, I had a giant and intimidating butternut squash staring me down from its perch on the kitchen counter, I shot back, “Well … how do I get the PEEL off the thing?!”

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Vegetarian Butternut Squash and Beer Chili with Optional Ground Turkey

Vegetarian Butternut Squash and Beer Chili with Optional Ground Turkey

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I am in DIY heaven/hell. Pinterest is my best friend/worst enemy. Making our new house feel like a home is such fun/utterly exhausting.

I’m a little conflicted. Can you tell?

I really am thrilled we were able to make the leap into our new home, and we ended up in such a great place, too. Totally worth it. It’s just a little overwhelming and I want the entire place to feel like home NOW.

This vegetarian butternut squash and beer chili absolutely, 100% helps. Chili could not be more cozy and homey if it tried.

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Veggie Pot Pie Pasta with Optional Chicken Add-In

Veggie Pot Pie Pasta with Optional Chicken Add-In

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I’m a freak for vegetarian comfort food. Unfortunately, vegetarian comfort food generally isn’t much less fattening than its meat-laden brethren. Bummer!

This pot pie pasta, though, is much healthier than anything labeled “pot pie” would seem. It isn’t packed with loads of butter and gobs of cheese. It’s inspired by one of the most classic comfort food recipes of all time – chicken pot pie – minus a huge quantity of heavy gravy, and no pastry in sight.

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Roasted Winter Vegetable Chowder

Roasted Winter Vegetable Chowder

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Total comfort in a bowl. That’s what this winter vegetable chowder is all about.

And we’ve needed a little dose of comfort food around here, because day after day has been seriously dreary. Pelting rain, sharp gusts, charcoal clouds, rivers filled to the brim.

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Chipotle Butternut Squash & Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese

Chipotle Butternut Squash & Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I know how fortunate I am to be able to stay at home with my baby for her first year. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But the whole “stay at home mom” thing is a bit of a misnomer, as I pretty much can’t handle staying at home for more than a day.

Maybe it was because I was holed up for months on end during a tough pregnancy, then housebound shortly after she came along as I nursed my broken ankle (stairs, hyped-up dogs, yeah, fun). It’s like I accumulated this debt of cabin fever over the past year-and-a-half, and I have to repay it by getting out of the house with Miss Thing pretty much every single day.

It’s good for me, and she loves it too. We go to music classes, parent-baby groups, library story times … and occasionally, now that she’s eating solids, we enjoy a little lady’s lunch together, just her and I.

It was during one such lunch that I discovered the made-for-each-other combination of chipotle peppers, butternut squash, and pepper jack cheese.

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Apple, Butternut Squash, and Leek Gratin

Apple, Butternut Squash, and Leek Gratin

Posted on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

As delicious as apple desserts can be, it is somewhat of a shame to drench all of those naturally-nutrition-packed bad boys in butter and sugar. So I found myself over on the Whole Living website (even while thinking about apple pie), and suddenly drooling over this recipe. And I put it on my list.

Butternut squash is hugely rich in beta carotene (Vitamin A) – and it tastes pretty great, too. The tart-sweet apples provide a perfect counter to the vitamin-rich squash, and the duo is joined deliciously by leeks, sage, and Parmesan. I love the simplicity of this recipe – with relatively few ingredients, each flavor shines, yet comes together perfectly.

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