A few weeks ago, the lovely Julia Child would have celebrated her 100th birthday. In honor of the occasion, I decided to make a big dinner for Matt and myself, something I don’t do nearly as much as I’d like. The obvious choice would be to go French themed, and use Mastering the Art of French Cooking for the recipes. But to be honest, I feel like I have the french thing down. I’ve made a bunch of the recipes from that book, and even de-boned a duck! Julia was all about challenging yourself. So in that spirit, I chose to make homemade pasta. I tried this once before and had a rough time. The dough was too dry and the finished product was gummy and thick.
As much as I hate the cold temperatures winter brings, I have to admit I love some of the foods of the season. I try to use butternut squash as much as possible. Even though you can get it year-round, it’s definitely what I’d consider comfort food material. I’m always looking for new ways to use it in my cooking. With that in mind, I bring you butternut squash pizza!
I have to give credit to Jen for the crust recipe, which is posted below. It’s super simple to make, and only needs to rest for 10 minutes. I generally end up not making dough from scratch because I am too impatient to let it rise, so I will be putting this quick crust recipe to use all the time. Her recipe calls for regular flour, but it being the month of resolutions and all, I made it with whole wheat flour. Turned out great. I only wish I had rolled it out about twice as thin as I did. I mixed it up in my food processor, which kept my counters and hands clean, which is also a miracle when making dough. I can’t wait to try this out with more combinations. Continue reading