Thursday, October 26, 2006

Butternut Squash with Brown Butter and Rosemary

I pride myself on being a pretty smart person. I'm a college graduate, I'm well read, I'm up-to-date on local and world news, I have a reasonably large vocabulary; but there are certain things that stump me, that I am really fucking stupid at. These things include; weights, measurements and geography. I can add, divide, do long division, calculus, etc etc, but when it comes to measuring something, I for the life of me cannot read a tape measure.
For example, when CB and I bought our new house we decided to measure all the rooms in order for him to plug everything into CADD so that we could virtually move all the furniture around to see where the couch fit best, and the bed, bureau, etc. and also to see what the dining room would look like painted red before we actually painted it red. So we began measuring every frickin wall in the house, and while measuring the wall in the dining room CB held the end of the measuring tape and I walked along the wall to the end and then stopped and put the but end of the measuring tape up against the wall. He then asked, "what's the length?" my eyes darting about, looking at the tape measure, then looking back at CB, then looking back at the tape measure, beads of sweat beginning to form on my brow, tongue sticking out while I tried to count all the big lines and the little lines then my God trying to figure out what that translated to in inches and distance. I then looked up and said 72 inches and one big line and three little ones after it. This practice didn't last long; it was then that CB really realized when it comes to the school of measuring things I'm on the short bus. If you think this is bad, I'm worse at geography. Seriously. That whole sun setting in the west and shit screws me all up. I have no idea where north is, and even if I did I wouldn't know what the hell was up in the north anyway. Don't ask, I don't know, all I know is when it comes to Trivial Pursuit; I never get the blue pie peice.
Where the hell am I going with this? Well, when I went to the market to get the butternut squash for the risotto recipe (kick ass) I made last week, I needed to get enough squash so that after peeling it and gutting the insides out it weighed 1.5 pounds cut and diced. Needless to say I bought too much because I'm stupid when it comes to these things (see above). Needless to say I've been trying to come up with recipes which will use up the five fucking pounds of butternut squash that I came home with that day. This recipe was easy simple and used up a little bit of the squash that I had left over.
I'll gladly accept all butternut squash recipes - I still have like three pounds I need to use.
Take butternut squash pieces and cook them in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes to soften a little. After, add them to 1 tbsp butter and 1 tsp fresh rosemary which has been cooking a pan for a few minutes. Saute until cooked to your desired consistency. Mmm.
Obviously the amount of butter and rosemary depends on the amount of squash you are cooking. Adjust accordingly.


Becky said...

I made a really great butternut squash pizza a couple weeks ago that would be a great way to put your extra squash to use! I used a whole wheat pizza crust, but you could put it on a regular crust if you want. Here's a link to the entry on my blog where I posted the recipe:
Good luck!

wheresmymind said...

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PatL said...

Ha! I just made a similar appeal on my blog after harvesting a couple of dozen butternuts (and you thought you had lots of squash!). Check out the comments for this post. And I just posted a FABULOUS soup recipe. Ohmygosh it is good. Here.

Not trying to drive traffic to my site, just sharing the wealth, honest!

Dani said...

This sounds like a great side-dish for Thanksgiving. I love Squash - however you prepare it, I will eat it.