The Last Sunlight

October 18, 2010

Hi friends!

I kicked back with some tea during my call today. Twinnings Chai. I’ve been in a chai mood lately! However, this was on the weak side. Maybe I am getting used to loose leaf after all?

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I have decided that in the name of photography we need to be eating dinner earlier! We caught the very last drops of sunlight as we sat down around 6PM. When we were cleaning up at 7 it was black out! This means that we must start thinking about dinner at 5PM because most dinners take a while to make! However, tonight, I was thinking about lenses and before I knew it Matt had most of the meal made.

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All I had written on the menu for tonight was "Succotash" (with homemade lima beans and canned corn). We soaked half a bag of limas last night and boiled them this afternoon. Then Matt added canned corn, half a can of tomato paste, salt + peppa, chili powder, cumin and cayenne. It was great!

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We also roasted up all of the centerpiece squashes from our Housecooling party. So sad that they are no longer available as décor! Must buy more Smile I miss the dots of orange.

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Hard as it was, I did not eat the skins. You know what they do to my intestines…

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The squash was roasted at 400* for about 40 minutes and tossed in coconut oil beforehand. We drizzled on a bit more coconut butter at the end. It’s the BEST!

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A make-shift salad that I contributed. Some arugula on its last leg, olive oil and bleu cheese.

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Let’s talk about bleu cheese! I LOVE it. But I really really love it when it gets this marshmallow sweet taste. So while grocery shopping today, I asked the cheese monger for a recommendation. I’m not sure he completely understood what I meant by "marshmallowy" but he gave me one kind to sample. It was delicious (because it was bleu cheese) but it was a bit tangy/sour. Not marshmallowy at all. Then he gave me this one – which is almost crunchy in the bleu veins – and hit the spot. It’s not the most marshmallow I have ever tasted.

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The early dinner meant we were finished before 7! What to do with the evening? I had a craving to make something, so I made Crunchy Buckwheat Granola!

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And then pulverized a bunch of steel cut oats I bought today into [hopefully] Scottish oats for real (apparently pulverizing rolled oats isn’t really Scottish. They come from steel cut).

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And because all of the granola didn’t fit in my Ball jar… snack!

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Nite!

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1 Simply Life October 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm

oh what a fun and colorful dinner!

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2 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama October 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Mmmm I love bleu cheese, too! Love a good, strong cheese.

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3 Angie (My Life in Bites) October 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I love roasted squash – it just screams fall!

Squash skins kind of tear me up as well but not if I eat them for dinner because I have the whole night to digest them. Is it so bad that you can’t ever eat the skins? If so, that’s too bad – I love the chew and fiber!

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4 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

You and Matt always have the best meals!

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5 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Daylight does make for the best pics! Your pics always look great though :)

Have a great night!

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6 Christine October 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm

It is so hard to get strong flavor from tea, it usually has good flavor but not strong, and NO body like coffee. I’ve taken to brewing my tea with extra milk to make up for it.

I was decorating with squash too–my dad didn’t believe you could eat them!! Well, I cooked him one last night–but restocked beforehand.

Hmmm, “marshmallow-y”?

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7 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I hate that it’s getting so dark so early! That is the worst part about fall! I can’t wait until daylight savings!

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8 Mandiee October 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Is it weird that I’m jealous you had squash tonight? ;) I noticed the corners of my mouth and fingers tinting orange so I prohibited myself from having more squash tonight. However, I know I won’t be nearly as strong tomorrow. What can I say, squash is my FAVORITE food! Do you have any recommendations for avoiding this oranging? How much beta carotene is too much?

Anyway, you succotash looks and sounds amazing! Does Matt have approximations for some of the recipe? If so, I would love to make it :).

Have a lovely day!
xox

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9 Kath October 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I don’t appear to be orange myself yet, but I’m surprised it hasn’t happened! I don’t think it’s avoidable. The generally recommendation is just to slow down on the orange foods :(

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10 Hannah October 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I know *exactly* what you mean by marshmallowy blue cheese! Oh lord I love blue cheese, but it’s SO out of my budget these days!

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11 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I like the Fall and Winter, but it is depressing how early it is getting dark!

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12 claire October 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I also had squash and beans tonight! This all looks beautiful Kath!

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13 Laughter-Loving Stacy October 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Ohhh that look SO yummy! And I love blue cheese too. That and feta are my favorite. :D

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14 Krystina (Organically Me) October 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Boo that you can’t eat the skins – they’re my favorite part!

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15 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I must not eat enough bleu cheese because I have no idea what you mean by “marshmallowy”!

Your dinner was so pretty with fall colors!

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16 Amanda (Eating Up) October 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

You and Matt have a way with food! Your kitchen must always have activity in it!

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17 Emilyeatsclean October 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Another delicious looking meal…..very colorful!

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18 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Beautiful photos!! I’ve never liked blue cheese but maybe I’ve been eating the wrong kind?

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19 Meg October 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Squash is sooo divine, I had butternut with dinner :D

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20 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm

The earlier and earlier sunset makes me rush my dinner making!! I want my 9 PM daylight back!

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21 Rachael October 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Great pictures! I’ve noticed that our nine o’clock dinner hour isn’t doing wonders for my foods shots…
Succotash was one of my favorite words to say as a kid. Actually, I think it was my parent’s favorite word for me to say, since I had a gnarly lisp…
Very harvesty looking meal!

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22 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I’ve never had succotash, I like the way it looks though; nice and filling! :)

Daylight eludes most of my pictures. :( Makes me sad!

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23 Caitlin (EatFeats) October 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I’ve never had succotash before, but it looks like a combination of many of my favorite foods! Interesting!

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24 Hope October 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Ah, bleu cheese…my favourite cheese of all time! I think I know exactly what you mean by marshmellow-y!! Hubby won’t touch the stuff, he’ll sit there looking at it saying “thats so gross, its like..mouldy”
Oh well, more for me I say!

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25 Nicole @ yuppie yogini October 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Marshmallow bleu cheese…the cheese guy probably did think you were crazy! So cute :)

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26 Lisa @bakebikeblog October 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm

What a vibrant and tasty dinner!
And I really love your cloth napkins! Do you use them every night?

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27 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Tossing the squash in coconut oil is genius- it must give them such a nice flavor!

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28 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Tossing the squash in coconut oil is genious- it must give them such a nice flavor!

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29 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly October 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm

“Because all of the granola didn’t fit in my Ball jar.” Hahaha. Please. I would make extra just so I’d be able to say that!!! :-p

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30 Cara Craves... October 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I am not really a true blue cheese fan…though I do like it on salads.

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31 Eileen October 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Now, that’s succotash I might actually enjoy … it looks delicious! My ONLY experience with it was from my elementary school cafeteria, where it had nary a spice and was probably grossly undercooked.

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32 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

just got a jar of coconut butter and have been wondering what to do with it – roasted squash sounds like a good idea!

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33 Maddie October 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Haha I love how you describe the bleu cheese as “marshmallow-y!” I love all of the colorful roasted squash.

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34 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 19, 2010 at 12:15 am

Ha, I need to try some marshmellow-y blue cheese. I’ve never gotten that flavor out of it, but maybe I was just trying the wrong kind!

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35 Marina October 19, 2010 at 12:29 am

Succotash sounds pretty great, maybe I could make it soon… I need meal ideas :)
Buckwheat granola is so addictive!

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36 Lyn October 19, 2010 at 12:40 am

I love blue cheese too. I had the most fantastic salad the other day, so simple but amazing. It was baby spinach leaves topped with toasted chopped hazelnuts and blue cheese, with a few huckleberries on top. Really, the toasted hazelnuts with the blue cheese was terrific. You must try it :)

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37 Lily@Rabbit Food Runner October 19, 2010 at 1:42 am

This is my first comment, so first I want to say hi and I think your blog is amazing! Also the succotash looks great (and it’s fun to say succotash!).

I was wondering about taking dinner pictures without natural light (I’m new to blogging) do you have any tips for taking a good pic with incandescent lights?

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38 Kath October 19, 2010 at 7:08 am

Welcome!!

Non-natural light is awful :( But do you know how to change your light balance? That will help. You can google white balance for a tutorial

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39 lillasn1gel October 19, 2010 at 2:43 am

I love your blog. I’m sure you’ve heard this lotsa times, but I am hooked. I have been experimenting with oatmeal a little more since I started reading it – yummeh!

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40 Kath October 19, 2010 at 7:08 am

Welcome!

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41 Mage October 19, 2010 at 3:54 am

I love veggies! Those foods are sure healthy, i like the roasted squash and blue cheese!

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42 Heidi - apples under my bed October 19, 2010 at 4:35 am

Such a shame it didn’t all fit in the jar, hey! :) I know what you mean about blue cheese texture. mmmmmm. The pumpkin with coconut butter looks amazing too. Another great meal :)
Heidi xo

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43 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 19, 2010 at 5:16 am

Fun dinner!!

I wish I could eat squash skins, but I’m the same as you when it comes to intestine un-happiness. ;) It’s just not worth it.

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44 stacey-healthylife October 19, 2010 at 5:44 am

I really need to find some coconut oil. For so long I thought coconut oil and coconut butter were the same thing.

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45 Allie October 19, 2010 at 6:16 am

Mmm that succotash looks amazing!!

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46 Errign October 19, 2010 at 6:31 am

Coconut oil on squash sounds divine – but does the coconutty flavor mask the squash flavor? (The delicata squash you’ve got on your plate is my new favorite squash for this week, haha – so delicious)

Per your recommendation, I bought some Scottish oats (on sale 2/4$) and I LOVE them – not sure I’ll ever be able to give them up!

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47 Kath October 19, 2010 at 7:07 am

The coconut ENHANCES the squash flavor!!

Yay for Scottish. I hope my homemade works!

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48 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 19, 2010 at 6:57 am

The only time I tried blue cheese when I was really young and I remember hating it! :P I want to give it another try now that I’m older though since a lot of my tastes have changed.

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49 notyet100 October 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

platter looks so yum,.

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50 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 19, 2010 at 7:14 am

i don’t know if i know what “marshmallowy” means with reference to bleu cheese…but i love it all the same!

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51 KJ October 19, 2010 at 7:29 am

Nothing sounds better to me than a salad of simply arugula, olive oil, and blue cheese! You gotta’ appreciate when you go to the store and the cheese monger or other employee takes their time helping you find exactly what you need :)

How do you feel about blue cheese in traditionally sweet dishes? Have you ever made a blue cheese cheesecake or souffle? I’ve seen a few recipes out there that have interested me…

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52 Kath October 19, 2010 at 7:32 am

I’ve had it in a souffle before – amazing! Cheesecake…wow

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53 Christie {Honoring Health} October 19, 2010 at 8:03 am

We have those little squashes at my CSA and I don’t have the heart to eat them. They are just too cute. We have the tiniest little butternuts, too. They look like baby rattles :)

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54 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 19, 2010 at 8:19 am

Your roasted squash looks so cute cut into perfect little rings! next time I’m entertaining I will totally cut it pretty like that instead of into huge hunks ‘o’ squash.

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55 Camille October 19, 2010 at 8:42 am

Haha, I totally realized that the other day too! I have to eat dinner by 6 so the lighting is pretty!

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56 Vicky @ eat live spin October 19, 2010 at 8:57 am

I love loose tea… I go to coffee and tea shops in NYC and try new types of tea all the time. I use non-bleached tea sleeves to make tea bags.

My new obsession is basil olive oil but I love the idea of using coconut oil to roast squash. Great idea, definitely going to try it soon!

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57 Beth @ DiningAndDishing October 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

It makes me sad that it’s getting dark so early all of a sudden! I’m excited for fall and winter but I wish it could be light outside from morning to night year round :).

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58 Marcia October 19, 2010 at 9:48 am

Yum. Roasted squash is the BEST. I am growing some delicatas and butternuts in the front of my house right now. AND, I just learned that you have to let them ripen for 2 weeks after you pick them. Good to know. My first time growing squash. I’ve never tried to eat the skins. They are impossible to cut/peel, can’t imagine chewing them.

And I have a love affair of blue cheese…being pregnant just about killed me, what with the no blue, feta, goat, or brie cheeses.

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59 Jenna October 19, 2010 at 10:16 am

Hey Kath! I definitely just bought some garlic gold — SO excited =)

P.S. My new favorite breakfast: Roasted squash (butternut or acorn) topped with greek yogurt, maple syrup, and chopped figs. Seems like something you would enjoy, so I figured I’d tell you about it!

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60 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks October 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

Kath, I think I miiiight know what you mean about “marshmallowy” blue cheese . . . you’ve got to try gorgonzola dolce!
http://www.amazon.com/Gorgonzola-Dolce-Pound-Cut-pound/dp/B0000D9N0F

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61 Kath October 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I think that’s what I’ve had in restaurants before

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62 lauri (redheadrecipes.com) October 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Blue cheese does to me what onions do to you! Blech!!! But I do love some goat cheese :)

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63 Dawn (HealthySDLiving) October 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Mmm that meal looks amazing!

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64 Emily (For Sweets Sake) October 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

you got me in the mood for chai now! I may have to go out and get some tonight :)

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65 Sarah @ BikingNBaking October 19, 2010 at 7:37 pm

The tiny squash are ADORABLE! Even cut up into rings! I didn’t even know they were edible!

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