Posts Tagged ‘italian’

acorn squash risotto

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, leftovers, roasting, side dishes, vegetarian on 04.01.12 at 9:55 am

risotto. acorn squash. cheese. these are a few of my favorite things.

another one of my fave things is looking for some culinary inspiration… whether it’s a new ingredient, a new (to me) cooking technique, or a fantastic recipe posted by one of my fellow foodie bloggers. in this case, i was lucky enough to stumble upon two fabulous posts from two fabulous bloggers — the faux martha & lauren’s latest. and this was the culinary inspiration for today’s post.

on another note, i’ve been MIA on the blog for the past few weeks (thanks for your patience!), but i hope you’ve enjoyed following my tweets @yumyumyummers about my culinary adventures around alberta!

now, back to the risotto…

adapted from the faux martha & lauren’s latest

(tip: the first thing you’ll need to do is roast the acorn squash. however, finding some canned squash puree could work as a shortcut. if you don’t have time to roast. though my preference is fresh squash, since roasting veggies is relatively simple.)

roasted squash:
– preheat oven to 400F
– lightly grease oven-safe baking pan w/ extra-virgin olive oil (evoo) or line w/ cooking parchment paper
– place 2 acorn squash (halved, seeded, lightly greased w/ evoo) in baking pan (squash side down)
– roast in oven for approx 40-45min at 400F
– remove from oven and allow to cool before handling squash

the rice:
combine the following ingredients in large saucepan and bring to a boil:
– 1.5 cups organic arborio rice
– 3 cups water

– once boiling, reduce heat to medium & simmer for 10-12min.
– stir ingredients until water is absorbed and rice turns into a creamy consistency.

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recipe roundup: pizza night!

In appetizers, baking, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, recipe roundup, snacks, tapas on 02.03.12 at 7:29 pm

tgif. thank goodness it’s friday. and what better way to kickoff the weekend than with homemade pizzas, a movie and a cozy night at home with the famjam and friends. here’s a roundup of my fave yumyumyummers pizza recipes to feed your frenzy for pizza night… yummers.

apricot & chicken apple sausage pizza
aubergine & arugula pizza
chipotle chickpea & tofu flatbread
eyeball & spider pizza

honey arugula & avocado pizza
pizza sunny-side-up
portobello pizza w/ honey-glazed curry veggies

seafood naan flatbread
spicy capocollo & fontina pizza
spicy chorizo & mushroom pizza

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honey arugula & avocado pizza

In appetizers, baking, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, snacks, vegetarian on 01.19.12 at 8:22 pm

avocado makes most things yummy. pizza is no exception. :)

i’m always on the lookout for inventive recipes that feature avocado. while i’ve infused avocado into many a culinary experiment, i thought it was about time i make this lovely tropical fruit a pizza topping. and i was so glad i did. :)

– preheat oven to 400F

prep the dough:
– sprinkle some whole-wheat flour on a clean surface before rolling out the fresh pizza dough (i bought some fresh from the bakery.)
– using a rolling pin, flatten out the dough into a thin, round pie
– sprinkle some more flour on the dough pie, flip over before applying the rolling pin again
– place the prepped dough pie on a pizza stone (at room temperature) or a lightly-greased, round baking pan

prep the toppings:
– 1 cup fresh organic arugula
– 1 haas avocado (peeled, pitted, sliced)
– 1/2 red bell pepper (pitted, thinly sliced)
– fresh light mozzarella (grated)

prep the pie:
– spread 2 tbsp plain, low-fat greek yogurt evenly on pizza dough
– lightly drizzle honey
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– add a bed of fresh arugula, then add sliced avocado & peppers
– sprinkle mozzarella (grated) evenly over toppings
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

bake the pie:
– bake pizza at 400F for 20min, or until crust is golden brown
– remove from oven & allow to cool on rack before slicing

(tip: the drizzled honey may soften the dough a bit, so you may need to adjust the baking time by a few minutes longer, depending on your oven.) 

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