I'm not making excuses or blaming anyone, but this holds up yesterday's blog saying that a mother's time is never her own. I guess I can't always be hilarious.
However, it's Good Food Friday, which I always feel like is a bit of a reprieve for me. Posting a recipe is far easier than thinking up something interesting to say in an otherwise droll week.
This recipe was posted by someone on Facebook, which can be a blessing or not. This one was only a video and when I Googled variations of it, they weren't exactly the same and I preferred the one on the video.
So I sat and watched it over and over until I got every detail down and typed out. You're welcome.
This was on Wednesday and because it was my only free day this week at home, I decided to grocery shop since yesterday was pay day and I wouldn't be home. I don't usually cook after a big grocery shopping trip, because I'm tired. But for some reason, this recipe had my adrenaline pumping (or maybe it was my daughter's encounter with a possible job - she's no longer a Merry Maid) and I really wanted to make it. That night. For my family.
It seemed simple enough; it took about two minutes in the video. Sometimes when i get excited about recipes I see in videos, I forget the fact it was sped up to fit in a short time. Let's just say it's a good thing my husband was working overtime, because we didn't end up eating dinner until around 4:30.
I probably could have been a bit more organized beforeI launched into the recipe. But the printer wasn't working and I kept have to run back and forth to watch the video and jot down instructions. Don't even give me advice about how I should've done it; I already know. I should've brought out my laptop, collected myself, chopped everything in advance, lined up the spices and then started the cooking. It would've gone much smoother and the kitchen wouldn't have exploded, like it did.
The results were amazing, but you know what happened when we sat down to eat? My husband wasn't home yet and often when he works late, he doesn't want much food before bed, and only one of the kids was hungry. So my middle child and I ate while the other two sat and talked to us.
I was kind of angry over this. I figured since the two youngest had taken the SATs they'd like a really nice meal, but they got home early and I think perhaps they snacked their way through the afternoon. My oldest thought her medication was making her feel ill, but then I suggested she may have had too much sugar with a real soda at lunch and a big ol' pumpkin spice latte afterwards.
My oldest did eat later. I'm not sure if my youngest ever did. My husband ate half his portion when he got home probably because he was afraid of me after he walked in the door and I ranted about no one eating a meal I busted my butt to make.
But the recipe was good. Really, really good and I think my heart was kind of broken that only one other person celebrated it with me (not that she's not a valuable opinion, but there are five of us in the house).
I have to think of it differently, though. I'm not necessarily cooking just for my family; I'm cooking for myself too. Not only the food, but the joy I get making a new recipe and what I'll do differently the next time.
I hope you enjoy it. I sure did.
Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
[I tripled this recipe to feed five]
1 acorn squash
1 onion, chopped [I didn't add three onions, however; just the one]
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp rosemary [I used thyme, because my oldest doesn't like rosemary; what did rosemary ever do to her?]
3 cloves garlic, chopped
½ lb. sausage
1 cup bread crumbs
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Cut ends of acorn squash, scoop out seeds, place on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
- Sauté onions and celery until onion is translucent.
- Add garlic, sauté another minute.
- Add sausage and brown.
- Add salt, pepper and rosemary, stir in.
- Add apple and sauté until barely soft.
- Add bread crumbs and Parmesan, stir in well..
- Stuff acorn squash halves with sausage mixture, sprinkle a little extra Parmesan on top, bake 15 minutes at 400.