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Butternut Squash with Coconut, Lemongrass, Shrimp and Basil (and a Bunch of Other Stuff)

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Here’s a recent meal that we had that was kind of based on a recipe I saw in Bon Appétit, but I changed a lot of it, so it ended up pretty different. It started with a butternut squash on the counter that I really had to use and a recent trip to Pok Pok shack for Khao Soi Kai (the noodly-chickeny-coconut soup) and its accompanying hot chili paste, plus extra tasty embellishments (cilantro, lime, pickled things, crunchy things). What to do with the leftover chili paste? Hmmmmmm…

Then I see a recipe for squash, coconut . . . → Read More: Butternut Squash with Coconut, Lemongrass, Shrimp and Basil (and a Bunch of Other Stuff)

Valentine BPW: A Fun Art Project (and a Recipe)

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Edited to add, yay! It got there to Andrew at Spittoon Extra. It’s really cool to think that my art project from the basement last weekend is now in England!

I recently registered for What’s for Lunch Honey’s Blogger Postcards Around the World event. So fun. Buy or make a postcard for your secret postcard buddy, mail it off and receive another postcard from your own food blogging sender. I’ve received my recipient (not telling yet!), made my postcard this weekend, and it’s all ready to go in the mail Monday. Going to the post office . . . → Read More: Valentine BPW: A Fun Art Project (and a Recipe)

Super Foods Friday#4: Sweet and Sour Pumpkin

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Yep, it’s another Friday so it’s time for another Super Food. This recipe is for a side dish, so I figured it was okay to only incorporate one super food in this one. Pumpkin. I love the pumpkin. I made this, however, with an acorn squash. Either will work and either are good for you.

This turned out very well and looked beautiful on the plate. It’d make a great side for almost anything — we had it with some rosemary pork tenderloin. Recipe is based on one from Mario Batali, aka: Comic Book Guy.

Sweet . . . → Read More: Super Foods Friday#4: Sweet and Sour Pumpkin

SHF27: Chai Chocolate Pots de Creme with Dagoba Chocolate

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Actually, a better name would have been, “Sugar High I’m an Idiot Day.” I thought it was due on the 26th, (Friday) but entries were due yesterday.

*sigh*

I need to read directions better. Regardless, food bloggers everywhere (with good reading comprehension skills) have posted their recipes and they have been rounded up here. Please give it a read and feel the chocolate love!

What I chose to make was a recipe from the current Eating Well Magazine — Chai Chocolate Pots de Creme, using Dagoba organic chocolate from Ashland, Oregon. The type I . . . → Read More: SHF27: Chai Chocolate Pots de Creme with Dagoba Chocolate

The Great Fried Calamari Experiment

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It was a success! It was also our appetizer during Life Aquatic Fest ’07. We snacked on it while watching some Jacques Cousteau. I never really thought I liked calamari, then I had some a few years ago at the Monterey Bay Aquarium — at the restaurant, that is, I didn’t just grab some squid out of the tank or anything. Crunchy coating, tender inside — it was so good. Who knew? Well, lots of people, I suppose.

Now whenever I see calamari on the menu while we are out, I have to get some. The . . . → Read More: The Great Fried Calamari Experiment