November 9, 2006

still life with lunch

I just thought it was beautiful. That's all. It was yummy, too.

(This is one of our favorite fall lunches for busy school days.
It was about to go into the oven to bake, tented in foil
and with a little water added to the dish for moist steam.
I sprinkle cinnamon over it, grate a little fresh nutmeg on top,
and sometimes put a teaspoon of maple syrup in each half, particularly
early in the fall before the squash crop has gotten a good frost.
We like pears best for the hole -- they are incredible baked like this --
but sometimes I use apples, or even dates and chopped pecans.
Sometimes I stick a few chicken/garlic/basil sausages
on the panini grill thingy to serve with it.
That and a big glass of iced tea... oh, yeah.)


Calamity Jane said...

Oh, that's lovely! I like the stripes on the pears. We'll have to try it, next time our tiny local co-op has both winter squash and pears on the same day.

Nardo said...

Fie on all you Martha Stewart-like ladies who put the rest of us to shame!! :)

Leslie Noelani Laurio said...

What temp, and how long do you have to bake it?

Lynn Bruce said...

375 sounds good, but if your oven is set at a different temp for something else, just stick them in -- squashes are agreeable creatures. At that temp, I would check it in 40 minutes or so, but I often get distracted with school and leave it in for an hour and it's fine. If I knew it was going to stay in the oven for an hour, I'd probably bake it at 350.

Basically, it's done when it's fork tender.

Dani said...

can I move to Texas?

Elvis said...


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Wow - that's just gorgeous! I'd have trouble eating it (well maybe not).

MommyLydia said...

It looks gorgeous. Will have to try it.

Owl of the Desert said...

Woah! That looks amazing! And delicious, too!