Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sneaking in Summer


The weather has been unseasonably warm this past week.  Warm enough where I have to remind myself it's January.  

This period of sunshine and warmth makes me crave summer vegetables.  I think this is a natural reaction to the winter.  Being deprived of the best of the summer bounty naturally makes you crave the bright rich flavors.  Sunday night we had a giant salad for dinner.  Loaded with mustard greens, tomatoes, and avocados.  I've also been picking up squash from the supermarket.  The great thing about squash is that as a "food group" it's always seasonal.  There are both summer squashes and winter squashes.  And I love them both. 

To celebrate the sunshine I did a switch from my typical winter squash (we've been doing a lot of pumpkin lately) to some yellow crooked-necks.  And then I topped them with some fresh herbs.  None of this is especially seasonal for January, but when it's warm outside, sometimes you do crazy things. 
Sauteed Squash and Herbs
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 lb squash (I used 2 crooked neck squash), sliced
1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp basil, chopped
salt and pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet.  Add the squash and cook 10 minutes, stirring and tossing so they are coated in butter.
  2. Sprinkle with the chopped herbs, salt and pepper to taste.

4 comments:

  1. This is a speedy way to make squash and make it tasty with all the herbs.

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  2. I tried to eat a raw tomato from the grocery store the other day and it was so very grainy and disappointing. I long for summer produce. This looks like a great way to beat that craving!

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  3. Squash of all kinds is one of those things I'll eat year round...I figure here in NYC we produce so much that it's either going to rot in a cellar somewhere or I'm going to eat it. I'd rather eat it.

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  4. We may not be having summer weather, but it was actual dusk when I left work at 5:30 (rather than the usual darkness). So, I'm feeling like summer is coming.

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