Monthly Archives: September 2010

Roasted soup

I know that it was an unusally warm day for autumn in Portland today…but I still am fully embracing the change of seasons.

roasted veggies

With roasted soup.  I hope to make many soups this fall/winter…in my holistic health classes (I was a holistic health minor in college, didja know that?) we learned that soups are imperative to health in the colder months.

roasted soup

Plus they’re just dang delicious.

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Penne with creamy pumpkin sauce

So I don’t have a picture for this dinner but you will just have to believe me that you should drop your dinner plans and make this recipe right away.  From Martha Stewart Everyday Food, I bring you Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce.

The pumpkin is perfect for fall (and in case you haven’t heard, the canned pumpkin crisis is over so no more crazy people selling buying it for $7 a can on eBay anymore).  Also it is delicious in this dish to have savory pumpkin flavor rather than sweet like a pie.

Don’t have a rosemary bush in your yard? I feel your pain because mine hardly qualifies as a bush, more like a rosemary stick.  Instead, the BF pulled over the car and convinced me to STEAL ROSEMARY FROM A NEIGHBOR’S YARD.  Seriously I feel guilty for some reason even though their bush was more like a rosemary tree than a rosemary bush.

Oh, and I used cream instead of half-and-half, because that’s what was in my fridge.  And rotini instead of penne….and red wine vinegar instead of white wine vinegar…and I don’t know the exact measurements I used because I’ve sort of given up measuring (except for baking of course).  But a recipe is meant to be a suggestion not a set of rules, no?

Anyway, enjoy! xoxo

Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

Canned pumpkin puree isn’t only good for pie; here, it becomes a creamy sauce for penne, topped with deliciously crunchy fried rosemary.

Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 12 ounces penne rigate (ridged), or other short pasta
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 2 cups pasta water; drain pasta and set aside.
  2. In pasta pot, heat oil over medium. Add rosemary and fry, stirring, until starting to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer rosemary to a paper towel, leaving oil in pot.
  3. Carefully (oil is hot and will spatter) add pumpkin puree, garlic, half-and-half, Parmesan, vinegar, red-pepper flakes, and 1 cup reserved pasta water to pot. Stir sauce until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add pasta to sauce, and toss to coat. If sauce is too thick, add some reserved pasta water. Season generously with salt. Serve pasta sprinkled with fried rosemary and, if desired, more red-pepper flakes.

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Craft inspiration

A string of houseguests, events and putting in more hours at work have meant that I haven’t had as much time as I would like for craftiness.  I’ve slowly been plugging away at some cross stitching though (of course) so I will have pictures of that to show you soon.

Meanwhile, here are some crafty projects I’ve seen around the blogosphere that I want to tackle:

BEADED DOLPHIN WHALE

Just what is a dolphin whale? I couldn’t tell you, but I do want to make a few of these for our guest bathroom which is decorated with a whale painting I did AGES ago.  The whole bathroom is a mix of dark jewel-toned purples and blues [yes, my l0ve for all things rainbow and bright-colored means I’m terrible at having restraint when it comes to color in interior design, but frankly I couldn’t care less 😉 ]  I’m thinking I’ll bead a few up and hang them from a piece of driftwood, like a mobile.

TIN CAN TEALIGHT HOLDER

I just think these tealight holders are so cute, and would make perfect Christmas gifts [yes, I am already thinking about Christmas! I blame it on the changing seasons, all I can think about is Halloween and Christmas.  I definitely plan on making all my Christmas crafts soon, because who knows how long it will take me to prepare our first little Christmas in our tiny Portland house–also our first Christmas where we are too far away to visit family 😦 ] And if you haven’t seen the blog What I Made you must check it out right away…it is run by a crafty GUY named Scott and is chock-full of crafty inspiration.

STICKER WREATHS

Thanks to my lovely mother [who not only fostered a love of crafts and creativity in me throughout childhood but continues to this day to enable me in filling up my craft room with a bazillion craft supplies] I own both the Martha Stewart circle cutter and flower stickers needed to make these lovely paper sticker wreaths.  Yes I know that this craft is aimed for children, but in my eyes Ms. Martha can do no wrong…I want to make one of these wreaths for the door of my craft room.  Heck, I want to make one for the door to every room in my house!

That’s all for now, ta-ta!

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