Through the years friends of mine have asked my advise on how to encourage their kids to enjoy fresh vegetables. This can be a toughy — but not at this time of the year. Spaghetti squash in in season right now and it’s the perfect time to show your brood just how much fun squiggly squash can be.
Don’t let the hour-plus baking time of spaghetti squash dissuade. After all, spaghetti squash is the primary reason microwaves were invented, right?
My 1 1/2 pound (smallish) squash was cooked to perfection in 8 minutes, wrapped in Saran and pricked with a fork. The larger the squash, the longer the cooking time.
Like most of the autumn and winter squash, be very careful when cutting in half; certainly don’t allow kids to attempt this. If you don’t take precautions, you could give yourself a nasty cut. I ALWAYS put a kitchen towel or mat under my cutting board for stability, I take my time and exercise caution.
Spaghetti squash is a great way to appreciate your finer extra virgin olive oils. Its mild and pleasant flavor soaks up and highlights the subtle nuances of the olives. I often enjoy spaghetti squash tossed with my better oils and seasoned with a bit of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »
(Halloween candy, not for me; a spritz of bliss, if you please.) On a trip to Italy, some 20 years back, I discovered Campari, an alcoholic beverage in the family of bitters. For many, it’s an acquired taste (a friend says it reminds her of cough syrup), but I took to the potion — an … Full recipe post »
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Food writer by trade, curious cook by design.
The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
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