Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm a Squash Hoarder

On the last day of the Memphis Farmer's Market (the last Saturday in October), I picked up a spaghetti squash from Dodson Farms. In an attempt to pretend like I was stocking up for the winter, I've been hoarding various kinds of winter squash in my pantry. Now that it's finally cold outside, I'm allowing myself to actually use it.

So tonight, I made my favorite spaghetti squash dish — Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro:

Though it's not exactly Southern fare, I'm including this one in my cookbook because I love it that much. It's a buttery spin on traditional pomodoro pasta dishes, which typically include angel hair spaghetti, diced tomato, fresh basil, garlic, and olive oil. And as you can see, I've added garlicky sauteed tofu cubes.

I sopped the squash noodles up with toasty garlic bread made from a multigrain loaf I picked up at Silke's Breads, a German bakery in Clarksville, this weekend.

Speaking of winter squash, can ya'll believe my mom has never tried any kind of winter squash?! So for Thanksgiving, I'm preparing a kabocha squash. I was thinking about simply roasting it with olive oil and salt and pepper. But does anyone have any other winter squash side dish ideas?


Anonymous said...

Bring on the squash! Can't believe your mom hasn't tried winter squash! I used to make stuffed acorn for thanksgiving (can't find it here), but not stuffed winter...Usually I ate that roasted with other root veggies - I'm sure you'll find something!

Agnesss =) said...

Hey hey Bianca!!

Great to hear from you again =D

And your squash dish looks DELICIOUS!! I'd LOVE to try this SPAGHTTI ONE cause I HAVE NEVER TRIED IT!!! =>
(Can't find it here now..!! =()

Ahh!! I can't wait for your cookbook!! =D

(I'd love to write one in the future as well!! =D)

Hope you're ok!!


Anonymous said...

Ha ha my mom also never tried any kind of winter squash and she's not very fond of summer squash (and vegetables in general), too!
I've seen spaghetty squash in grocery stores for the first time this year and I really should buy one.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

I've never made spaghetti squash! Yours sounds delicious. Good luck with the recipe for your Mom! Can't wait to hear what you come up with.

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

Kabocha is such a good choice! You can't go wrong with roasted Kabocha, she will love it!
Your Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro looks so fab!!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...


For winter squash side dishes - it tastes lovely with an abundance of greens, some toasted nuts (pecans & hazelnuts work best), and a little seasoning :-)

Anonymous said...

I Lurve Squash! I like to sprinkle butternuts with cinnamon and sweetener...mmm.

Jen said...

i'm a sucker for sweetened squash with nutz or caramelized onions. squash doesn't need many accessories.

Sal - AlienOnToast said...

Your squash looks lovely.

I can't remember where I read it (probably the PPK) but just cutting it in half, rubbing it with vegan margarine and sprinkling it with brown sugar before roasting it does wonderous things to a squash!!

Unknown said...

Yummy! This looks delicious.

jessy said...

yay! your Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro = mmmmmmmmmmm! it sounds so freak'n good! you need to get a move on that cookbook ;) (or at least let'n me test some recipes for you! tee hee!). man, it looks so tasty!

for thanksgiving we're roasting up some delicata squashes and then smashing them up with some EB & brown sugar (maybe topping it off with a few toasted pecans). i think your idea for the kabocha sounds simple & super tasty to me!

Joanna said...

i am addicted to spaghetti squash. that stuff is the shit. i usually eat it plain or with sea salt and sour cream. it's so perfect on its own that i try not to take the "squashiness" out of it. haha

Anonymous said...

Yum! That spaghetti squash looks so good.

I usually either make stuffed squash with winter squash, or I just stick some earth balance and brown sugar on them and bake them.

Katy said...

Ooh, spaghetti squash with tofu and tomatoes? Why didn't I think of that? LOL!
Looks delish!

Rose said...

I love squash!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I was hoarding squash too! haha. The pomodoro sounds fabulous!