December 2nd, 2008
With the winter quickly arriving what a better way to treat yourself but with some fabulous winter squash! I enjoy perusing the farmer’s market every week and am always looking for new or creative things to make. A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a small farm that grew winter squash and had a conversation with (…read more and get the recipe)
November 18th, 2008
I’ve always wanted to do this, and actually I have done it once but it didn’t turn out so good. This time is different though — it turned out GREAT! I used a whole (small) ambercup squash to make this delicious treat taste homemade and, well, delicious! Even after having a couple of things go wrong the pie still turned out to be good and it looked good to boot. This process takes (…read more and get the recipe)
November 12th, 2008
Can you believe that I still have zucchini growing? Ok, maybe not, but last week I did. I picked three zucchinis and one of them had been there for some time. I can never figure out what to do with the HUGE ones, but Google and this recipe saved the day. Here’s what I did: (…read more and get the recipe)
October 28th, 2007
I’ve been reading a cookbook: Nightly Specials: 125 Recipes for Spontaneous, Creative Cooking at Home. I love how they combine simple recipes and ingredients to make delicious foods! I’ve already made a few things out of it including “Toasted Barley and Butternut Squash” and “Coffee Barbecue Sauce” with chicken. There are plenty more delicious-looking recipes in this book (like the Chicken Pot Pie), and since it’s only a loaner from the Library I think I’m going to have to buy it:
Well anyway, I promised you a recipe with my homemade chicken broth and I keep my promises. The Toasted Barley and Butternut Squash looked really good in the book’s picture and it was good! It uses homemade chicken stock and maple syrup, but my wife said to use less maple syrup next time — it was a little sweet for dinner.
I didn’t actually use butternut squash, since I didn’t have any. I grew a small garden outside my duplex this year and had an acorn squash plant. From that ONE plant I must have harvested over 25 acorn squash and so I had plenty to spare!
One last note, this dinner goes GREAT with the pumpkin dinner rolls! Try it tonight!
Here’s what I did:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup barley
- 2 cups of homemade chicken stock
- 1 large Acorn Squash (the recipe actually calls for butternut squash, so use that if you have it)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tsp total of Kosher salt and whole pepper kernels ground
- 3 tablespoons of maple syrup (the recipe calls for 3, I’d reduce it to 1 tablespoon next time)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat
- Add the onion and cook until it starts to brown
- Add the raw barley and cook it for about 3 minutes
- Pour in the hot broth, stir and simmer uncovered until the broth is absorbed and the barley is tender (about 40 minutes)
- Take your squash (chopped into cubes) and oil and toss in a bowl. Season it with the salt and pepper, toss again.
- Turn it out onto a cookie sheet in a single layer and roast it in the oven until tender (about 15 minutes).
- Add the syrup and other spices and stir.
- Roast for another 10 minute
- Now, stir the squash into the barley, serve and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy it!