Monday, November 10, 2008

maple-fig glazed acorn squash.

i had two sad little acorn squashes that i'd been neglecting for a few weeks. every time i would open the fridge i could almost hear them pleading for me to cook them into something yummy. it was getting so annoying that i finally broke down. actually, i'd been thinking about what to make but with my busy schedule i can usually only cook on mondays and wednesdays and maybe one weekend day. needless to say, those are my favorite days of the week.

i know these photos are practically identical, i just couldn't decide which one was better so i'm posting them both. ;P

maple-fig glazed acorn squash
2 acorn squashes
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup fig preserves
3/4 tsp ginger

preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
slice the ends off the cute lil squashes. if you're a weakling like me you may want to microwave them for about five minutes first so they're a bit softer and easier to cut. next slice the squashes into four rings each and scrape out the goop.
place the rings on a cookie sheet (line it with parchment paper, or spray with oil). bake for 15 minutes (around 10 if you nuked them first).
meanwhile whisk together the maple syrup, fig preserves, and ginger in a small bowl.
after squash is ready take it out of the oven and brush with the glaze. put it back in for 15 minutes. then take it out and brush it again, and bake 10 more minutes or until tender.

i scraped out the insides of my rings to eat it. i wasn't sure if you're supposed to eat the skin... yes? no? at any rate, this recipe is quite good if you basically want to eat candy for dinner.

p.s. i've been tagged by josie!

the rules are to write seven things about yourself, then tag seven other people to do the same.
so, here are my seven:

1. i've played piano ever since i can remember, and i've taught it since i was 13.

2. i've also done ballet since i was 3 1/2 and i used to be in a pre-professional company but i left this year since i decided i wanted to devote my time to other things.

3. i love, LOVE sweaters. especially the grandpa variety.

4. when i was little i thought it would be fun to put my arm on a conveyor belt at the wal-mart checkout counter and it got sucked under almost all the way. and yes, i was pretty traumatized.

5. if i'm not studying, i spend my weekends hanging out around coffee houses and bars with my friends. also, most of my friends are college-aged because i kind of hate highschoolers (hypocritical, yes?)

6. i have a weakness for tattooed and pierced boys... yummy.

7. my dream is to someday live in austin in a little hippie house and paint the whole thing in east indian-type murals.

i don't know who to tag... everyone's already done it! so if you're reading this and haven't filled it out yet, consider yourself tagged and get to it.


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i just got the cutest grandpa sweater from anthro :D actually bobby got it for me. but anyway, i love it. yay for coffeehouses!

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Celine said...

bet the squashes aren't sad anymore! or are they...
well at least, those who got to eat them aren't.

Anonymous said...

I want me some of that squashy goodness!!! Superyum!
And your n° 5 & 6 - so me when I was young! I was also a professional ballet dancer (but haven't danced since 2000.) I knew I thought you were a cool chica!

VeggieGirl said...

AMAZING acorn squash recipe - yum!!

Great facts!! I'm like you with #1 and #2!!!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Recipe and Amazing Facts!!

I've got a little lonely acorn squash too...he's just been sittin gon the counter, but then I got a butternut to help keep him company (omg I'm such a nerd)

River said...

The squash looks amazing! I've been tagged too, but my seven things about myself are going to be so boring!

Brooke said...

i love acorn sqaush! and yours looks icredible, thanks for posting the recipe!

fun facts, i love how there are so many bloggers who are/were dedicated dancers!

Maya said...

wow looks so good..i love figs and i love squash,so i would def love this recipe!

Anonymous said...

i didn't see that you had a new post!
Aww, I'm sorry that you are tramatized by the conveyor belts at Walmart! That sucks
Ugh, I hate busy schedules. I haven't had time to cook meals!
Yummy, the squash looks delicious!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

You are so cool!

Haha you could live in the Cosmic Cafe!

Joanna said...

those are some beautiful acorn squash. i love how every blogger is going nuts of squash. it makes me so happy haha

and i COMPLETELY agree with you about tattooed and pierced. i've never dated a guy with piercings, but it's on my list of things to do.

and i just realized how that sounds haha

Anonymous said...

I've heard you can eat the skin! Cool recipe, thanks for sharing. It looks super yummy.

Zesty Cook said...

Great looking acorn squash. I love figs


beauty and bread said...

oooh, that sounds good and i love anything with figs! i know what you mean about posting similar pictures; i never can decide! thanks for posting this; i made some fig and port jam recently and i have a little left, perfect for this recipe.

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