Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day Two

This one’s a two-parter of past posts, as these both felt especially seasonal…enjoy.

Weekend Recap (
originally posted October 29, 2007)

Our first bout of fall weather inspired us to cram in as many seasonal activities into our weekend as possible. Admittedly, most of our adventures involved food. We feasted on homemade apple cake gifted to us by one of Audrey’s classmates, spent Saturday afternoon at the elementary school Halloween carnival playing games and munching on caramel apples and made a big Sunday dinner for my folks, lovely cousin Erin and her mom, as they were all in town at the same time.

I’ve wanted to try and recreate this butternut squash and goat cheese puree that Bryan and I had at our anniversary dinner in Austin, but the weather hasn’t been cooperating up until now. It was so, so easy and crazy yummy. We served it with an oven roast and asparagus, but I think it would be especially good with pork chops.

Here’s how you do it.

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Pierce 2 medium butternut squash 4-5 times and place in a casserole dish
  • Bake squash for about an hour – you’ll know it’s done when you’re able to easily slide a thin knife all the way through the squash
  • When fully cooked, slice open the squash and remove the seeds and strings
  • Scoop out the remaining squash into a bowl and add room temperature goat cheese, kosher salt and pepper to taste and mash well with a spoon

Making a List (
originally posted November 1, 2007)

I’m pretty adamant about fully experiencing one holiday before jumping into the next one. It’s tempting, with Christmas lights hitting the aisles next to Halloween candy, but I refuse whip out the decorations until the first week of December, allowing us to fully experience Thanksgiving rather than some hybrid Harvest-mas.

I do make an exception for creating my gift list. A ritual after Halloween is to go through old holiday issues of my favorite magazines to get ideas. I just came across this hot chocolate in the December 06 Domino. Last year we became obsessed with making really good hot chocolate (no more powdery mix in a tepid mug of water). This one is a bit pricey, but it looks totally decadent, and the tin is so lovely and minimal, like a little work of art.

It definitely makes the list…a tin for us and a few for gifts…


Lucy said...

Just curious: did you ever get around to ordering some of the Pierre Marcolini hot chocolate. If not, you need to!! It is beyond divine and puts all other hot chocolates to shame. When in NY, a stop at Pierre Marcolini has become a must. We always leave with at least 2 tubes of this goodness.

Mary said...

Just for the record, I am loving the recycled posts, so don't feel bad about taking a break. I wasn't a reader (or blogger) last year, so these are all new to me! That hot chocolate looks decadent.

editor said...

great recycled posts. new to me too.

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Gorgeous tin and wonderful post! I am with you, got to experience each one to the fullest!

Betsy said...

Love the posts! Where did you have the goat cheese-buttenut squash deliciousness?! Since I live in Austin, I would love to try it!

Love the San Jose, too!

nichole said...

Hot chocolate! The poor man's version (relatively speaking) of Pierre is the Hot Chocolate at Williams and Sonoma. The Peppermint is divine! I get it every year.

Joanna Goddard said...

fun! i love these flashbacks :)

Joslyn said...

betsy -- we had the butternut squash at Mars. We need to meet up in Austin some time!

nichole -- i'm definitely going to try that WS hot chocolate...i love peppermint.

Stephanie said...

The mash sounds delish! I'd love to try it. About how much goat cheese should I use?

Also, I hear you on the holiday issue...we like to savor Thanksgiving as well before jumping into Christmas although it is a temptation, like you said. Thanksgiving is a great holiday too!

Joslyn said...

Stepanie, i just added the goat cheese to taste, but for a large butternut squash probably a small log of goat cheese.

Kim said...

I am so glad to know I'm not the only person who buys hot beverages for the "lovely and minimal" tins. I opened a cabinet yesterday that is loaded with a 15 year collection of Harrod's Tea and Jakobs Kaffee cannisters that are just way too beautiful to chuck.