Simple Spaghetti Squash

One of the best things I’ve ever ordered at a restaurant was something I had never had before: spaghetti squash.  I’m always intrigued by vegetarian dishes, and this did not disappoint.  It was a whole half of a large spaghetti squash with sun dried tomato pesto, fresh tomatoes, and pine nuts.  It comes on a bed of rice, a perfect compliment.

My mom mentioned she was attempting to make spaghetti squash for dinner and I was inspired.  I decided to replicate my favorite dish.  On the way home from school I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a spaghetti squash, a little jar of sun dried tomato pesto, and cherry tomatoes.

I didn’t use a recipe, I just consulted a couple recipes on the Food Network website to figure out a good method.  And I decided to nix the pine nuts (I forgot to buy them), and rather than fresh tomatoes I wanted to roast the cherry tomatoes to add to the mix.  I wasn’t in the mood to make rice, so I kept it simple.

Here’s what I did:

1. Preheated my oven to 450.

2. Sliced the squash in half length wise, scooped out the seeds and innards, added salt and pepper on each half, and put them cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet.  Roasted the Squash for 40 minutes.

3. Sliced a handful of cherry tomatoes in half and spread them on another baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil, plus salt and pepper.  I put them in the oven about 15 minutes after the squash went in.

Roasted Tomatoes

4.   I removed the tomatoes and the squash from the oven.  Then I flipped the squash over and used a fork to fluff up the “spaghetti” on the inside.

5.  I added a heaping tablespoon of the pesto to each half as well as the cherry tomatoes, then gave it a mix and let the pesto melt in a little.  Salt and pepper to taste, and Voila!

I’m still perfecting my technique because I think I left it in the oven a couple minutes too long, and yet it was still delicious.  It’s not winning any beauty contests, but it was quick, easy, and tasty, give it a try!

Burger of the Week Club

Two years ago my friend Erin created the Burger of the Week Club.  During the summer, members of the club would gather weekly for a burger extravaganza.  Each week there would be a theme and the entire menu would fit in with the theme.  Tonight, we are having a Burger of the Week Club Winter Reunion for her birthday.  The theme is the Chilly Burger.  It is going to be a burger topped with chili served alongside cornbread and a winter lager with chili chocolate ice cream for dessert.  Also I made this cake for the occasion as well since it is her birthday!

This cake is easy to make.  I used a half sheet cake on the bottom for the base.  You can decorate that however you would like. I used fondant to make it appear more like a tablecloth.  Then I placed a fondant disc on top to make it look like a plate.  I used two 8 inch round layers for the bun and chocolate icing for the burger patty.  Then I made lettuce out of fondant by cutting circles and crimping the edges.  I used yellow and red icing for the ketchup and mustard.  I finally topped the “top bun” with honey and sprinkled on rice crisps to make it look like sesame seeds.  The finished product looks just like a burger that we be served at our Burger of the Week Club! Happy Birthday Erin!

Favorite Things

Ever since I was a young girl, one of my favorite things to incorporate into my style is my monogram.  Some might think it’s old fashioned or obnoxiously preppy, but not me.  My style isn’t preppy and I grew up around plenty of antiques because my grandparents were dealers back in the day, and I always loved all of the engraved silver.  I must say at this point I’ve grown very attached to my monogram, and if I ever get the opportunity to change my last name, it will certainly be bittersweet, not to mention a reason for me to buy new sheets and towels!

I took a look around my apartment and here’s what I found:

These towels and sheets are from The Company Store.
This was part of a set that I received as a gift, it’s a few years old from The Pottery Barn.  They have some newer bags that are similar.
A pendant that I got from Santa Clause and literally don’t take off.
Some fresh kicks from Nike ID.
And I love my first name too:
I am a complete sucker for personalized stationary, especially when it’s from The Paper Source.
And I’m obsessed with these from Converse.