Walk, Wine + Winners!

October 28, 2008

It seems the only way I can concentrate these days is when I’m walking! I took my Micro flash cards out for a walk and said I couldn’t come back until I’d memorized them. An hour and 10 minutes later…. done and done!! I love walking and studying. When I’m studying at home there are so many distractions – the Internet, email, the phone, the KITCHEN – so many things I could be doing. But when I’m walking….there’s just the trees and houses to look at. (I know you’re not supposed to end a sentence with “at” but how else should I write that? “At which to look?”)

Before I left on my walk, I came home from class starving. I guess my post-lunch hunger was real. I had a big bowl of the last of our TJ’s Euro yogurt with the last of the cranberry sauce and the last of a box of Quaker Squares – plus a half tbsp or so of pumpkin butter! So good!

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Dinner tonight was modeled after this recipe I found on Eggs On Sunday: Roasted Delicata Squash Stuffed with White Beans, Greens & Sage.

I resisted buying my favorite mixed autumn gords this year because I didn’t want to spend money on something I wouldn’t eat, so I decided to buy these darling baby squash instead! They were the centerpiece for our party.

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While cutting them open, I almost had a knife accident. I then I realized it has been almost exactly a year to the DAY of my previous knife accident (which I was easily able to reference thanks to my handy blog!) This year the back end of the knife slipped out of my hand. I am TERRIFED of knives and hate using them. But I was home alone and had to get this squash cut open!

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AFTER the knife accident I decided to finish off the delicious St. Supery Elu we had on my b-day. I had about a 4 oz glass –

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So back to the recipe! We pretty much made it exactly as the recipe directed, but probably with less olive oil, with smaller squash, and with panko breadcrumbs.

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The squash were good, but we both thought they were a little on the dry side. They needed a wet binder like BBQ sauce or melted cheese.

He got the big one; She had the smaller one :)

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The other little squash – a baby golden acorn.

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I ended up drizzling a little maple on it all –

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And Great Harvest Focaccia

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Dinner ambiance

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We had a little bit more wine from another open bottle we had leftover. DO NOT drink this wine!! It was not very good at all.

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I loved having wine with a weeknight dinner. It made it feel so special :)

Smoothie King Contest Winners!!!

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl October 28, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Hooray for walks!!

Quaker Squares = my dad’s favorite cereal :-)

Eeek, be careful in the kitchen!!

Looove the stuffed squash.

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2 magpie October 28, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Yum!!! We’re having squash tonight too! We’ve had similar dinners the last few days :)

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3 Fig October 28, 2008 at 7:28 pm

awww shucks! one number away….lol

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4 Meghann October 28, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Congrats to all the winners!!

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5 Amy October 28, 2008 at 7:34 pm

everything looks lovely! wine…autumn ambience…what a nice dinner. have a great evening !

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6 Julie October 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm

I found your blog a few days ago and I’m addicted to it! I’ve seriously been looking for a blog like yours forever. I eat a very healthy diet (except for the few occasional splurges) and go to the gym 4-5 times a week. I love to cook and love to eat (i’m a serious foodie) and always try to get the biggest bang for my caloric buck! Your new food ideas and recipes are just what I was looking for.

Thank you for your blog – I’m just so so happy I found it.

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7 emmy October 28, 2008 at 7:45 pm

all sorts of yummy squashes! You need to do a dinner time contest for all of us with terrible jobs!

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8 Megan October 28, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Great idea to use maple syrup on your dinner! It looks delicious! Congrats to the winners!

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9 Mariposa October 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm

your dinners always look so good.. in the winter time i am addicted to acorn squash.. my mother makes a great filling with apples and pulled chicken.. SO YUM

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10 HangryPants October 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm

I am obsessed with this dinner. It looks beautiful and I bet it’s tasty, too!

So weird about the two knife incidents being almost exactly a year apart. Hmmm. I bet there’s something cosmic to that.

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11 Miss Tiffie October 28, 2008 at 8:02 pm

yum yum!!! those baby squash are delicatas!!! they’re super yummie :] i like to bake them, they have a subtle grilled corn taste to them :]

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12 KatieTX October 28, 2008 at 8:11 pm

woo hooo I won! I am so excited! I refuse to buy acorn squash and such because I am too scared of cutting myself because they are so hard! I need to invest in good knives, then maybe I will venture out.

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13 RhodeyGirl October 28, 2008 at 8:12 pm

ooohh eating the decor! how cool!

i hate ending sentences with prepositions as well. so annoying!!

yay for memorizing things!

and check my latest post, there might be something you like in there….

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14 Gena October 28, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Yup, it’s “at which to look.” Can’t help being an editor…

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15 Lisa October 28, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I think squash is just what I need to break out of my steamed veggies + chicken habit.

Watch out for leftover vino – sometimes it goes very bad very quickly.

As to the prepositions: it’s a disputed attribution, but Winston Churchill said that awkward phrasing to avoid breaking the rule “is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.”

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16 Alexia October 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm

I love your candles! Very cute! Dinner looks yummy! I wish I would ge the nerve up to try a dish like that.

Sorry about your finger. I hope it feels better soon. Cuts with a knife are always very painful.

Congrats to all the winners! :)

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17 gina (fitnessista) October 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm

that squash looks GLORIOUS!
congrats, smoothie king winners!

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18 Biz319 October 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I saw that recipe on her site Eggs on Sunday – I keep looking for that squash but haven’t found it yet.

Maybe a trip to Whole Foods is in order!

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19 coco October 28, 2008 at 8:38 pm

sorry about the knife accident but those squash looks fabulous!!!!

Are those autumn gords taste different or have different texture than the normal squash?

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20 Madison (FollowMyWeigh) October 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm

be careful – its the darn squash!!! which is why it happens this time of year!! lol, i don’t know, but i was cutting open a spaghetti squash tonight and it was SO hard, i was getting scared the knife was gonna fling somewhere.

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21 Lee (seelivelee) October 28, 2008 at 8:58 pm

dinner ambiance looks stunning and fresh! I’m a huge fan. and be careful with knives! my father gave me lessons when i was 13-i was terrified but they are always so scary!!

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22 Mel October 28, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I’m scared of cutting squash and big melon too for the same reason (bad experience). At least you’re okay, could have been a lot worse! But the squash look tasty which should make up for it right? :D

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23 caitlin October 28, 2008 at 9:25 pm

loving the squash dish!

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24 Rachel October 28, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Man, your yogurt creations usually look good to me, but today’s looks ESPECIALLY good. Oatmeal squares and cranberry sauce, YUM!

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25 Suzanne October 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

ouch! good thing you didn’t repeat your injury from last year! hope it doesn’t hurt too much…

I have two random questions:

(1) I just got the Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch Baking sheet and I love it. It’s perfect for roasting squash and baking cookies. I see you use yours all the time. Now, I’m looking to get a loaf pan…but I see that there are two different kinds:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku7081532/index.cfm?pkey=cbread-pans-loaf-pans&ckey=bread-pans-loaf-pans

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku7080476/index.cfm?pkey=cbread-pans-loaf-pans&ckey=bread-pans-loaf-pans

Do you have either one? Do you prefer one over the other?

(2) Do you find that you gain weight in the winter? I notice I don’t get as much protein (i eat a lot of roasted veggies, soups with bread, warm sandwiches, etc.) in the colder months. I see that your meals are more carb-heavy too (veggies, breads, etc.). Not to mention all the holiday goodies!! How do you keep the weight off?

Thanks!

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26 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 28, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Funny, I was just thinking today that cranberry sauce and Greek yogurt would taste great mixed together!

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27 student October 28, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Hi Kath! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and was wondering which micro cards you use. I’m just starting up a new micro class and could use any tips or suggestions you have. Thanks!! =)

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28 zestycook October 28, 2008 at 10:19 pm

I loved the stuffed squash Kath, that is on my list of things to do

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29 Andrea October 28, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Ooh – I hate to see bad Oregon wine. It makes me sad that we couldn’t represent!

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30 Caitlin October 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

Your dinner looks delicious! Delicata squash is my new favorite….I’ll have to try this recipe.

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31 Kathryn October 29, 2008 at 1:04 am

Hi Kath – nice name ;) !

I just love your blog and wondered about how many calories you were eating a day during
weight loss and now at maintanence?

Many thanks

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32 Holly October 29, 2008 at 7:11 am

Eeek – I’m glad you’re okay! My friend had a knife accident involving frozen cookie dough (I swear it wasn’t me!) and had to get stitches. I am TERRIFIED of using knives now. I have one of those finger guards but I’d really feel better with a whole hand guard. :-)

That squash looks absolutely amazing!!

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33 Julia October 29, 2008 at 8:14 am

Awww, sorry you cut your hand! Although, that is barely anything compared to me! lol.
I tend to take chunks out. Which is why I rarely cook. Well, actually more because I’m lazy but that sounds a little better.

your food always looks so delicious! I wish I could do what you do! I have about 12 lbs to lose and cant change my eating habits.

Love your blog! :)

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34 Cat October 29, 2008 at 8:23 am

Eeek, be careful!! As someone who has had her share of kitchen accidents, I have found that when cutting something hard and awkward shaped, like a squash, it is helpful to first use a large bread knife and lightly saw back and forth to make a little notch in the flesh and then take your big chef’s knife and cut through. It prevents the knife from slipping. Also I usually put my squash in a dishtowel to prevent it from rolling around. Cheers!

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35 Becky October 29, 2008 at 9:20 am

That dinner looks scumptious! I just saw some delicata squash at one of the grocery stores near my house the other day. I will definitely go back and get it and try this recipe. I ended up getting a llittle golden acorn squash instead. What is the other one in your centerpiece? Its so cute and pretty!

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36 Kath October 29, 2008 at 9:58 am

Julie ,
Welcome!

emmy ,
Good point. I’ll try to do a dinner one or at least extend it through the end of the day next time.

coco ,
They tasted a lot like acorn/butternut to me.

Suzanne ,
I think you want to go with the Aluminized Steel Loaf Pan. I think that’s the more “professional” of the two. I’m not sure why you’d want an insulated one, but that sounds more specialized to me.

I do think I gain some weigh in the winter, but it doesn’t have anything to do with carbs – they are good for you!!!!!!!!!!! It has to do with eating more and moving less. No matter how cold it is, try to keep your exercise as frequent as it is in the summer with evening walks and outdoor activities. Put on a gloves and scarf and enjoy the sunshine, cold style.

student ,
I make my flashcards myself based on the material we learn. I wish I could find some good pre-made ones, but I doubt they’d cover the same topics.

Kathryn ,
RYN meets ERINE :)

Check the FAQ page – I address how my life hadn’t changed much between loss and maintenance, except that I have much more frequent splurge events now.

Kath

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37 runjess October 29, 2008 at 10:02 am

I’m going to be a dork and answer your grammar question:
Technically, “at which to look” is correct, but when writing towards a general audience (like on a blog), ending a sentence with “at” is perfectly acceptable. Otherwise you risk sounding stuffy and turn off your readers. Or, you can just totally rephrase the sentence, if it really bothers you.
Basically, when writing towards a general audience, write the way you talk.

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38 Chelsea October 29, 2008 at 12:00 pm

As someone who writes spoken word for a living, I was going to give the same advice as runjess.

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39 Vicky October 29, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I love reading your blog, and this is my first time to comment.

Before I cut a large squash, I poke it with a fork and put it in the microwave for a few minutes. It softens up the skin so that it is much easier (and safer) to cut:)

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40 Rachel October 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm

I’m with Vicky, I do that too. I eat alot of squash in the winter and it makes the whole process alot easier.

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41 melissa sue October 30, 2008 at 5:25 am

two things: do you eat the squash skin? or do you just eat what’s inside?

we eat squash 2-4 nights/week in the winter (because we try to eat mostly only seasonal veg), and this dish would be perfect.

second thing: i disagree with Gena. “at which to look,” might be technically correct, but it’s stuffy and formal and has no place in your blog for sure.

just the fact that you know you’re breaking a rule and make a conscious choice to, instead, write like you talk is proof enough for me that your phrasing is “correct.”

said the editor for a living.

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42 Kath October 30, 2008 at 6:30 am

melissa sue,
Yes we do eat the skin. It softens a lot in the oven and doesn’t hvae much of a taste other than squash taste attached to it!

Kath

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