Sunday, June 6, 2010

Roasted Summer Squash with Caper Gremolata

Last night, a couple in our church group graciously hosted the 20s/30s Group for a summer BBQ grilling feast (marinated chicken breasts, lentil salad, dip, banana pudding and brownies). We brought along a vegetable side dish, an organic white wine (from Sip…a Wine Store) and Carolina Brewing Co pale ale. We had a super fun time telling stories, jokes, and ending the night with a round of Loaded Questions – hilarious, we’ve got to get this game!

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Gremolata:

  • 1/4  cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1  teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2  tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1  tablespoon capers
  • 2  teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1  garlic clove, minced

Squash:

  • 2 lbs baby squash, trimmed
  • 2  teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 475°.

2. To prepare gremolata, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. Set gremolata aside.

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3. To prepare squash, combine pattypan squash, zucchini, and 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange squash, cut side down, in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 475° for 15 minutes or until squash is tender and lightly browned, stirring after 7 minutes. Sprinkle gremolata over the squash. Serve immediately.

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Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light

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Saturday morning Andy woke up full of energy…at 5:45 AM…he was up with the dogs getting ready to take them on a walk. Since I was out late at dinner Friday night I had hoped to sleep in a bit, but I tend to be an early riser regardless so I got up and we headed out for a slow 3-mile walk. We discussed moving our computer desk and office supplies into the spare guest bedroom that we sort of use as a (tidy) “catch-all” room and making the loft into a second sitting room. When we returned from the walk we started in on the swap-out.

It turned out nice and it feels like we have so much more room in the house. We should have been utilizing this room from the start…

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I decided a couple end tables was worth the investment to make the loft really functional. I found this set of nesting tables online and they were a great price, as it turns the style was being discontinued. After a quick call to a couple stores we reserved them for pick-up later in the evening.

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The final “project” of our Saturday morning was a stop from an expected visitor…

Tuesday, I had noticed a small leak on the ceiling of our mater bedroom, Andy quickly called our builder and we were finally able to coordinate sending someone out to look at it this morning. We had a couple strong storms and major wind gusts last weekend and it knocked a few shingles loose around some piping on the roof. I’m glad we caught this quickly and that it was such an easy fix; the worker said that what he repaired was definitely the cause.

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