Posts Tagged ‘Squash’

Valentine’s Day: Long-Distance Edition

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

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Long distance makes mid-week holidays tricky, so Suj and I had to get a little creative this Valentine’s day.  We decided to have a nice, home-cooked meal together … via gchat.  It was actually really great (and more than a little cheesy).  We both made pasta with tomato sauce (but I opted for spaghetti squash instead of noodles and made this recipe, but added spinach).  It was fun to make the same meal at the same time and act as though we weren’t miles apart.  After dinner, we watched Edward Scissorhands together on Netflix.  I am not going to try to describe the logistics of watching a movie long distance, but it suffices to say that we could definitely use some technological advancements in our long-distance-tandem-movie-watching capabilities.

20120215-183739.jpg{my first spaghetti squash, bake and done!} 

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{voilà!}

20120215-184055.jpg{happy valentine’s day}

Dinner Party

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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This weekend Sujeet and I hosted a few of our friends for a lovely dinner. This was our first attempt at a formal meal complete with multi-courses. I am now completely converted to the multi-course dining experience! My least favorite part of having friends over for dinner is the fact that we are usually finished eating within twenty minutes or so. By serving the food in courses (soup, salad, main, and dessert), we were able to spend more than an hour chatting over food and wine. To prepare for the evening I did a lot of research about formal parties. (In case you’re wondering, yes, most of the websites devoted to the issue appear to have been written by older southern women who tend to assume that you have “help.”) The best tip I picked up was the seating arraignment. Did you know that at formal dinners with more than one table it is proper to seat husbands and wives separately? Well I do now. We only had one table, but I separated all of the couples and arraigned the guests in boy-girl fashion with Sujeet and I at the ends.

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I made cute (but super simple) name cards for each of our guests. It was fun to spend time with our attached friends sans their significant other right next to them (plus I totally dug the fact that I could wink at my boyfriend from across a crowed table). For dinner, we started with spicy lentil soup, then green salad with homemade croutons and honey mustard vinaigrette. For the main course we had seasoned cod cooked in parchment paper with fresh chimichurri and sides of summer squash pasta and sautéed asparagus. For dessert, we served vanilla ice cream with fresh berries. (We intended to also serve warm chocolate chip cookies, but I think that was my job …  and I think we did fine without them.)

Frankly, I can’t wait until the next dinner party, but when I relayed that message to Sujeet I saw sincere panic flash though his eyes. (I mean, to be fair, he really did do all the heavy lifting on this one.) Looks like the next time around I am going to have to sub in my other favorite cook, Erin. Now all I need is a theme …

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Spicy Vegetable Marinara

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

My roommate Erin and I were both in the mood for vegetable marinara so we whipped up this dish. I love making my own marinara and this recipe is extra healthy since it is loaded with veggies.

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{This is a great “cleaning out the fridge” recipe because you can basically throw in any vegetables that you have lying around the kitchen. We used squash, zucchini, bell pepper, carrots, and fresh tomato}

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