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Monday, February 22, 2010

#FoodFail - Response

Or: I Am More Than Just Rubber Chicken!

A couple of weeks ago I saw a new, very simple recipe for spaghetti squash - somewhere. I can’t find it now, but it stuck in my mind. I’ve cooked spaghetti squash before and it was always pretty good, but no way was it my favorite veggie. When we were shopping with my Mom in Rhode Island I found a spaghetti squash which was a Goldilocks - not too big, not too small. I bought it. Then this how to was posted by Steamy Kitchen over on Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen Blog. It reminded me of the earlier (now missing) recipe. I knew the stars were aligning.

I’ve never had trouble cutting a Spaghetti Squash in half. So that’s what I did first. I placed it cut side down in a baking dish and popped it in the microwave. Six or seven minutes later, I added a little water to the dish and slid it into a 375F degree oven. (If you’re a Spaghetti Squash virgin, follow Steamy Kitchen’s how to and read the comments as well - lots of good tips.)

Meanwhile, in a saute pan, I added a generous amount of crushed garlic to some olive oil and butter. I grated in a little nutmeg and added some salt and pepper. Once the Spaghetti Squash was cooked, cleaned of seeds and spaghetti-fied, I added the squash to the garlic mixture in the pan and tossed it. When I served it as a side dish, I grated some Asiago cheese over the top. Delicious!

8 comments:

dancingmorganmouse said...

You actually GRATE Nutmeg??? Wow. You win.

Pink Granite said...

Hi DMM -
LOL!
Yes, I grate it. But every time I do I wonder if someone has made a better designed (less fingertip risking) nutmeg grater!
Off to Google that now...
Thanks!
;o)
- Lee

Roo said...

Lee - I had to laugh at the rubbery chicken as it reminds me of an old joke - Man in a chinese restaurant... "Waiter, this chickens rubbery"... Waiter - "Fank you very much" (ok it's not pc and I learnt it when I was about 5)

As for disasters... that gooey chocolate I mentioned the other week? It was supposed to be a sponge, but as I have no idea what went wrong, I decanted it into a soufflé dish and served it as a very gooey chocolate pudding. Peter didn't tell and everyone loved it. But kudos to Chuck for being a good person and eating it.

Roo said...

Morgan - you mean you don't grate nutmeg?

Lee - we have a really old simple grater, that holds the nutmeg when you are not using it. As for the grating fingers, the tips of mine are so tough I never notice ;o)

dancingmorganmouse said...

Roo, I do not *crawls away in shame*
I do freeze the pre-grated stuff tho!

Pink Granite said...

Hi Roo & Morgan -
I took Roo's comment to mean: "Don't you find using the whole seed to be a bit crunchy in dishes?"
LOL!

Thanks Roo for your food fail becomes a save story! And yes, Chuck is a good fellow!
;o)
- Lee

P.S. This is pretty much what our grater is like: http://is.gd/93aDc

Roo said...

Lee - I see what you mean.. goodness imagine getting a whole nutmeg in your gob! (such a good word - gob)

Cheers

Pink Granite said...

Hey Roo -
That's what I love about a group of people riffing/brainstorming together - you never know which way someone's mind is going to dart off!
;o)
- Lee