Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday Menu and a Favorite Fall Recipe

I do my grocery shopping on Wednesday which means my weekly menu runs Wednesday to Tuesday. I decided to start sharing our weekly menu as many bloggers do. I confess I'm not always a frugal shopper. DH and I enjoy eating and if we didn't eat at home, we'd be eating out more (and spending more) to satisfy our "foodie" selves.

I had to stop at Tuttles Red Barn on Saturday to buy the squash and apples for Stuffed Butternut Squash (recipe below). I noticed they had started picking their sweet corn. I decided I would buy some for dinner tonight. When I went there today to buy the corn they had their home grown tomatoes in the store. I decided to make Insalata Caprese to have with the sweet corn. I bought two tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and a red onion. At the grocery store I snipped some fresh basil for the salad. Don't these fresh ingredients look yummy?
They look even better made into the Insalata.
Here's the rest of this week's menu:
  • Wednesday: Grilled Sirloin, Insalata Caprese, Corn on the Cob
  • Thursday: Shepherd's Pie for me (DH has poker)
  • Friday: Ham Steak, Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw
  • Saturday: Dinner in Boston (we are going to the Neil Diamond concert at Fenway Park)
  • Sunday: Pork Chops and Brown Rice, Romaine Salad
  • Monday: Spaghetti and Meatballs (I'm going to try Candace's recipe), garlic bread
  • Tuesday: Frozen meal for me (Tuesday's are guy's night and I'm home alone)
This is the view I have from my kitchen island to my new office area. Tonight I thought it would be perfect if I could get my baseball and football games on my computer. Then cooking and cleaning the kitchen would be even more fun than it is now. I suppose I could play DVDs if I wanted to do that. I'm starting to live more in my kitchen and office area and I think I like it.
Here is my favorite fall recipe: Stuffed Butternut Squash

Cut a butternut squash in half and clean out the seeds and pulp. Lightly oil a baking pan and the cut side of the squash. Place the squash in the pan, cut side up and cover with foil. Bake at 375 for 45 – 60 minutes or until squash is done. Remove squash from oven, but leave oven on.

While squash is cooling, brown 8 ounces of sausage in a medium skillet. (I usually mix half hot and half mild sausage) When sausage is lightly browned add one tart peeled and chopped apple to the sausage. (I usually use a Granny Smith apple). Cook 3 –4 minutes until apple is lightly browned and soft. Lightly scoop the squash out of the skin, leaving enough of the squash to keep the shell sturdy. Add the squash, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and a dash or two of sage to the sausage and apples. Lightly mix the ingredients together without breaking up the squash.

Scoop the stuffing into the butternut squash shells. Top with a few small pats of butter and about 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Put the squash back in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes until the butter is melted and the stuffing is golden brown.

Let cool a few minutes before serving.

If you make this recipe, I'd love to know how you like it.

Thanks for stopping by!
Sweet P


Sandra said...

MMMMmmmmmmmmmm the insalata caprese looks delicious - I think I'll have to pick up the ingredients to make some - my tomatoes aren't ripe enough yet!

Candace said...

Your insalata looks delicious, and the butternut squash recipe sounds wonderful. I will try it, but it may not be for awhile. I'll let you know how we like it. Is it Italian sausage? Sometimes sausage is too spicy for us as my husband has acid reflux. Do you think it would work with ground beef? I love butternut squash.

Libby said...

*yummy* Caprese salad is just delicious - especially at this time of year, when tomatoes are at their flavor peak!
I'll have to tuck that squash recipe away for fall/winter. Thanks for sharing.

Kay said...

I had caprese salad tonight w/ my first ripe heirloom tomato (& I can't remember the name of it!)
And we had Spaghetti and Meatballs.

great minds are planning menus together without knowing it. :o)

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I too love butternut...and have never tried it this way.It will be on my menu very soon.Thanks for sharing.

Peggy said...

How was the concert....forget the food I want to know about the concert.


PS: The food does sound wonderful...I just love Neil Diamond and DH told me today that one of his concert appearances people walked out. Seems he had problems singing due to illness.