All posts filed under: Winter Squash

Bread Whore – Bread, Cakes, and Knuckle Sammiches

Arguably, not my finest hour. But in my defense – I didn’t throw the first punch, and any damage I caused was in the name of self-defense… even when Eileen W. menaced the crowd with her unsettlingly heavy carpet bag purse (I kinda think she liberated J&J’s of all their fruitcakes.) To be fair, quick breads like Date- Nut Bread, Banana Bread, and even the fateful Butternut Squash Bread, are in fact – cake. The embattled discussions abound on the interwebbynetoverse concerning it. Some say they’re called bread because they use chemical leavening. Some say it’s because they’re less sweet. Some say it’s the proportions of fat to flour to sugar…. or wet to dry… or fruit to nuts… or… or… or… Hogwash. Plain and simple – it’s because they are cooked in loaf pans… like a loaf of bread. I can, at this very moment, close my eyes and lay my hands on a half a dozen recipes of cakes that meet the very same identifiers. So, put down your fight’n spatulas, and let’s …

Curb Market Crawl – Carnival Squash

Normally, I’d be fairly excited about a new vegetative selection in the depths of non-fresh produce season. And stopping in at the Tomato House just outside Cleveland usually puts me in a better than decent mood when they have something new. However, I just can’t get all excited about Carnival Squash. Looking a little like an acorn squash that’s stayed a little too long at the fair, the Carnival Squash is a completely recent hybrid introduction from the early 90’s. A cross between the dumpling and acorn squash, it’s purported to be as versatile as any other winter squash. It really isn’t. More fibrous than either of it’s contributing relatives (so making a pie or souffl√© is going to be out of the question), the carnival works best when simply roasted, smashed and cooked down with a little butter and milk (or cream). Taste-wise – It’s a tad on the sweet side, but not cloyingly so, with a milder mouth feel than an acorn squash. Generally – it’s rather uneventful, and for the $2.99 that …

Snowed In

Back in January 1973, Atlanta had one of the worst snow / ice storms in modern history. First, it began to rain, then sleet..and finally snow. Over the course of the next five days, the temps raised and lowered slightly, alternately layering the already frozen landscape with fresh coatings of freezing rain, sleet and snow. Temperatures plummeted into the single digits, and Atlanta and the surrounding communities were plunged into the ice age. Rampant power outages, frozen pipes and total immobility left the city a ghost town.¬† It was 10 days before the ice lifted and another 3 days after that before power was marginally restored. In the end, 112 people died from exposure or from Darwinism taking effect. We were one of the lucky families, we had a fireplace and we had food. When the power died, the six of us packed up all the blankets we could find, each grabbed a stack of books and barricaded ourselves in the den around the fire. We spent the next week bathing in melted snow, eating …

Snow Day and the Winter Squash

I remember when I was a kid… And on the news, those venerable, gray-haired weather men would swear that we would awake to a White Christmas. It never happened. Christmas in Georgia is almost always – a rainy 47 degrees…. you can count on it. I’ve always considered it a very cruel joke that children in the South get sleds and toboggans for Christmas. “Here’s something for you that you can never ever use.. just look at it.. and be happy you got presents this year…. “ We even got those aluminum disc sled things one year. We used them once and it really wasn’t even snow… it was just that slushy glop covering the ground just enough to turn the underlying red clay into slick putty. It was probably just as well – the back yard was a 60 degree slope terminating at a perpetually icy, fresh-water spring…. We would have died of hypothermia. They mostly just hung in the garage. It became one of those things that never got used. I remember my …