Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Have you tried...pumpkin seed oil?

We eat a lot of roasted squash around here in the fall (like at least twice a week). Butternut, acorn, delicata, sweet dumpling...we love them all. Usually I simply roast the squashes with olive oil and s&p, but after reading about pumpkin seed oil, I picked some up a few months ago, and it's been my roasting oil of choice since then.

It definitely has a nuttier, richer flavor than olive oil, but doesn't overwhelm an ingredient as light as delicata. I even used it to roast golden beets, adding a little curry powder as well. The result was a super nutty, almost meat-y tasting beet that I added to a curry dish, then later put on top of a salad.

Last night we had one of our favorite meals: roasted sweet dumpling squash, stuffed with a wild rice pilaf filled with celery, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, dried cranberries, apples, and walnuts (normally it would also have onions, but since they don't seem to agree with the twins, I can't eat them until I'm done nursing), with a side of wilted kale dressed in a maple dijon vinaigrette. The best part? The glass of Sauvignon Blanc we drank to wash it all down!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Where You Been?

Hey...remember me? So much has happened since I last blogged...

Say hi to Quint and Griffin born on August 12, 2010. It's amazing how quickly life can change once you have a child (children) miraculous ways that being pregnant for nine months can't even begin to prepare you for. You gain so much perspective, and these talents and skills emerge that you never even knew you had (like did that come from?!).

And I'm not working any more (caring for two babies is definitely a full-time job!). So instead of my days being filled with meetings and travel, it's now filled with feedings and play time and laundry and trying to cook a healthy dinner for the hubby and me. Funny how accomplishing just those few things every day seems just huge, and I'm so proud when it all goes well. Way more proud than of anything I ever accomplished at work.

But you know what? I'm still me...and I still love shoes...and good food...and books. And the twins don't yet care about any of those things, so I'm going to try to get this thing going again. I hope somebody's still reading! xo
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