Month: January 2019

Basil-Mint Citrus Salad

Basil-Mint Citrus Salad

Most salad ingredients may not be in season, but citrus fruits are bountiful and extra sweet at this time of year. This winter citrus salad is the perfect plate to chase away any blues. I call it a winter salad, but a basil-mint citrus salad […]

Lemon-Thyme Braised Pork

Lemon-Thyme Braised Pork

Winter means staying inside and being cozy, so braising is the perfect wintertime cooking method. If you’re not familiar with braising, it’s a cooking method where you lightly fry the food and then let it cook, low and slow, in a bit of liquid. Braising […]

Sweet n Spicy Butternut Squash

Sweet n Spicy Butternut Squash

I love butternut squash, but sometimes plain butternut squash gets a little boring. Let’s jazz it up with this sweet n spicy butternut squash! It’s gorgeous and crispy, with a little kick of heat and a sweet finish. If you like sweet potato fries, you’ll love these. However, it’s not the most beautiful recipe. These sweet n spicy butternut squash chunks should look a bit charred, and that’s okay. With this recipe, color means flavor.

Cutting up a butternut squash can be difficult. I’ve found that microwaving it for a minute or two helps a lot. Then peel the squash with a potato peeler, cut it in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and cut off the ends before cutting it into chunks. Use a really big, sharp knife, and you’ll be just fine.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

Place the squash chunks in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Mix all spices together and toss with the squash chunks until evenly coated.

Bake on a sheet pan at 425 F for 15 minutes. Then flip the squash and continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp and slightly charred. Toss with butter and serve warm. Enjoy!

Fragrant Rose Cake

Fragrant Rose Cake

Have you ever wondered what a rose tastes like? I have. Roses are one of my favorite smells, no matter how old-ladyish my husband thinks they smell. As for the taste, it is exquisite. And this fragrant rose cake is the perfect introduction. Rose doesn’t […]