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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My seed-y habit...

What's for dinner?

Whether it's advertising or changing seasons, I tend to be a highly-suggestible eater. On winter days, I relish root vegetables, roasted with a good olive oil and simply seasoned with salt and cracked pepper. In the spring, soups chock full of leeks and other delicious greens catch my fancy. Come summer, I crave the crunch of jicama and the fresh flavor of fruit salads tossed with minty citrus dressings.

In the fall, I get a hankering for some, shall we say, less-normal, but equally seasonal, goodies. My odd cravings include mellowcreme pumpkins and roasted pumkin seeds. With Halloween gone, I'm over the former, but the latter has a firm grip on me. I've been popping pumpkin seeds for the last week now.

Not into my seed-y scene? That's OK. Try this recipe using the meat of the pumpkin instead: Penne with Pumpkin Sauce. I plan to make it tonight, although I'll probably omit the red pepper (I know my palate, and I don't think that's a good combo for me) and kick up the seasoning a bit.

It's reminiscent of the phenomenal pumpkin ravioli with brown butter-sage sauce I had at my wedding reception in 2005 at Sammy's in the Flats in Cleveland. It was so good that family and friends are still talking about it! I doubt it will be as luxurious as what we had that February night, but it might come close enough to bring back some good memories.

Best dishes...


at 12:30 AM Anonymous Jen Mrozowski said...


I'm with you. I love roasted pumpkin seeds. We recently did another version of the recipe you referenced. Just omit the salt and substitute with cajun spice and garlic powder. Oh, and we use olive oil instead of butter.

Yes! It adds some serious spice to your life.

at 5:54 PM Blogger stephanie said...

There is NOTHING better than roasted brussel sprouts. Yep, cut ‘em in half, drizzle with olive oil, throw 'em in the hot oven. Let the edges get dark brown. Even my hubby will eat them like that.

Asparagus is yummy too. The tops get nutty/crunchy.

Oh, and you have inspired me with all the pumpkin talk to try my next new recipe: Pumpkin Curry Soup.

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