Spaghetti Squash

Foodpress pulled through for dinner tonight by featuring this recipe. I didn’t follow it closely, due to the ingredients that it calls for that I didn’t have on hand. But it was definitely a welcome inspiration.

OK. Start with your spaghetti squash. But first, a word about spaghetti squash: it does not taste like spaghetti. It tastes like a squash. I’m sorry if this makes some of you sad. But it’s the truth. It’s a squash, people. And so, it tastes like a squash.

Great. Now that that’s out in the open, we can get back to your regularly scheduled programming. Dinner. Spaghetti squash. Chop it in half. Drizzle on EVOO and sprinkle salt and pepper.

Slide it into the oven at 375 degrees for about an hour. Once it’s done, take it out, shred it with a fork, and put it in a bowl.

Next, dice a small onion and sautee it with 2 tsp. minced garlic in a splash of white wine.

When you deem it done (3 or 4 minutes), mix it in with the squash. Salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, put a portion of squash in a bowl, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and dried parsley. Fry (or poach) an egg, and serve it on top of the squash. I recommend over-medium.

I admit, this didn’t turn into the most beautiful dish. But tasty? Be still my soul. Oh my stars. Yes. It was wonderful. And so easy :)

Recipe adapted from ATX Gluten Free.

October is here!

Three cheers, people-folk. I love October. I just do. Warm days, cool nights. The holidays are just around the corner. The sun shines. The leaves change colors. I can eat squash. And roast the seeds. What more could a girl ask for?

The cat may or may not have taken up residence. He knows where the good stuff’s at: my back porch. He’s gotten pretty prompt about arriving when food is served. Smart little kitty :)

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Something new! I’m borrowing this idea from the ever-inspiring Never Niche, and making some goals for October. It’s a proven fact that if you set goals, give yourself a deadline, and write them down, then you are more likely to actually accomplish the goal (and do more cool stuff), than if you had not done any of the above. As such, here are the goals for October:

  • Running: speed session/hills once a week. One long run (of at least 5 miles) a week. 5K at the beginning of November to get ready for….
  • Buy 2 rolls of black and white film. Shoot them. Learn something.
  • Make yogurt from scratch.
  • Strength training:  4 times a week. 5 minutes each time. Just do it.
  • Attempt the climbing wall at the Y. If it’s challenging, buy a punch card for more climbs.
  • Backpacking/hiking in VA. Details about distance, etc. yet to be determined. Whatever happens though, it’s going to be awesome.
  • Swim once a week.
  • Make a savings plan. Determine long term and short term savings goals, and figure out the best way to invest each. Divide up savings acct accordingly. I’m going to check out Roth IRAs as well as Smarty Pig. Stay tuned. ***I am more than willing to take advice from more financially savvy people than I. Email me :)
  • Find and create 2 completely new-to-me dishes that I’ve never made before. I think butternut squash soup is one of those….

I wanna know: Do you make lists? Are you a goal-setter or do you take the zen approach and take life as it comes?

Good bye, summer

Hello fall!

As much as I love summer and hate to see it go, I’m excited about all the uniqueness of fall that is coming my way. Maybe I can only say that because it feels so summery today (88 degrees, sunny, warm breeze..) Maybe if it were blustery and cold and cloudy, I wouldn’t be so excited to see fall heading my way.

After all, the summer has been great! Check out Posts I love to see all of summer’s adventures. I backpacked the AT, ran a half marathon, had a great 4th of July weekend, and went on an epic roadtrip to see the West coast. All this on top of surviving my first MasterWorks Festival.

But, bring on fall. I love:

  • cooler running temperatures
  • fall vegetables….squash and pumpkins
  • spice cake and cookies and bread and….
  • falling leaves and their beautiful colors
  • weekend camping trips
  • apples and the orchards that they come from
  • hot cider and cinnamon sugar donuts
  • hoodie sweatshirts
  • crisp breezes
  • bonfires

That said….bring it! I’m ready for a new season. A new selection of in-season produce. A new contingent of clothing (scarves? sweaters? jackets? anyone?)

What do you look forward to, now that it’s the first day of fall? What’s your favorite part of this season?