Monday, November 10, 2014

Here A Squash There A Squash Everywhere A Squash!

 Today was another beautiful day. The sun shinning, warm temperatures, and just the gentlest breeze blowing. A perfect day to hang the laundry and sit on the porch and day dream. That is what I did as much as I could. Totally enjoyable. 
  Yesterday after a wonderful day outside enjoying the fine fall weather I came into the house and my kitchen. While I am working on the photo 101 class and challenge I have been working on another challenge. This one has nothing to do with photography other then I will photograph just about anything and all this squash is no different. The squash is almost easy when you consider I have over 10 full full bushels of sweet potatoes some weighing in over 5 lbs. What am I going to do with all this food? Giving some of it away will happen for sure and preserving what I can will help I am certain. How many ways are there to prepare sweet potatoes and squash? Well I am about to find out. 

 Last night was a stuffed acorn squash. I really didn't use a recipe for this. I looked up baking temps and times as well as methods and then I just shot from the hip. I stuck with what I know and made a stuffing of rice and beans topped with cheese. I heated 2 tbsp of oil in a skillet and added 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp cumin powder, 1 tbsp curry powder, Salt and Pepper to taste. I mixed the spices into a paste and then added rice that I cooked according to the package directions to the paste and mixed completely. Then I mixed in the beans and stirred until everything was blended together. I removed it from the heat and kept it warm until the squash was ready. Before cooking the rice I cut the Acorn Squash in half and cleaned out the seeds. Placed both halves cut side down in a baking dish with 1/4 inch of water at the bottom. In the oven for 30 minutes or more until tender. Once the squash was ready I heaped the rice mixture into the bowl that the squash naturally makes covered in cheese

 and put it back in the oven for 15 minutes or so. Until the cheese is melted and everything is good and hot. I served this as a side dish but it would make an excellent main dish too.

  With the amount of squash I have to use I have a feeling I am going to learn a whole lot more stuffing recipes and ideas.

 Do you have a squash recipe or idea? If you do I would love to hear it.
 Hope you had a cheery Monday! Thank you for stopping by. 

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