Thursday, February 17, 2011


Hey, we finally had a beautiful day yesterday in Indiana. Well deserved! Today's recipe is healthy and a gorgeous side dish for entertaining as well. The kitchen tips are from our favorite magazine "This Old House". This is the one magazine I am constantly swiping from my husband. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:  1 butternut squash
couscous (organic whole wheat)
chicken broth (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 450*. Microwave butternut squash on medium heat in microwave 3-4 minutes to soften squash. Cool. Peel and carefully cut into small cubes, removing seeds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle squash with olive oil, season with kosher salt and crushed black pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes (ovens vary) until tender. Turn over in 15-20 minutes for even browning. Cook couscous per package directions for the amount of servings needed. I like the flavor of cooking the pasta in chicken broth. Fluff couscous with fork and plate with roasted butternut squash on top.
Great dish even by itself.

TOMORROW:  "Sweet Potato Fries"

TIPS:  "The butcher block smells like garlic". To sanitize a wood countertop, wash with a solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach in 1 quart of water. To eliminate odors, pour some coarse sea salt onto the surface and scrub ir into the wood using the face of a cut lemon. I use this same treatment on my wood cutting board.

"Your stainless steel is covered with watermarks". Forget about pricey products specifically designed for stainless, and grab your WD-40 from the utility closet. It will remove and repel fingerprints, watermarks, and stains. Just be sure to wipe away excess with a cloth. Hint...make sure you put the WD-40 back :-) I get snagged all the time!

Keep the questions coming. We are always glad to help.
email Cat@ for Design q's
Mark: for New Construcion/Remodeling q's
George:  for Realtor/Construction q's

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