I love autumn squashes. Can’t stand summer squashes, but dear lord I could eat autumn squashes every day if you let me. Butternut, kabocha, acorn, delicata, sunshine, hubbard, pumpkin – yes, yes, yes. When I came across a recipe last year that incorporated butternut squash into a yeast loaf, I knew I had to try it. The resulting bread was a beautiful pale yellow, with just a hint of sweetness. I brought some in to work, and coworker H has brought it up in conversation on a regular basis ever since. Seriously, probably at least once a month there’d be a mention of the squash bread. Definitely a sign of a successful recipe. Read the rest of this entry ?
Archive for September, 2010
Today was a day for puttering and simmering in the kitchen. We made a vat of applesauce with assorted seconds from our favorite orchard, and portioned it out for the freezer. Homemade applesauce in February or March is a wonderful thing! I then tried a new recipe for a ginger butternut soup. It was physically beautiful, all golden and creamy, but it tasted like nasty and was disappointingly thin, and so was sent down the disposal. Mrslovey had a much better success rate. She made a giant pot of chili which will also go into the freezer to provide a ridiculous number of lunches (or dinners) over the next few months. And since apparently you can’t have chili without cornbread, I was assigned that task. I found a recipe for a buttermilk cornbread that I had clipped out of a magazine a while ago (can’t remember which one, sorry), and decided to give it a try. Read the rest of this entry ?
After my last post, several of you asked for the recipe for the lemon curd itself. Since I live to please, I’ll share it with you today.
A few years ago loveymom and mrslovey teamed up and bought me two hobby classes at the local culinary school – yeast breads and tarts. I had a total blast at both, learned a lot, and still count them as two of the best gifts I’ve ever received. In the tart class we were taught a few standard crusts/doughs, some base fillings, and some seasonal toppings, along with hints about presentation and serving. One of the fillings was lemon curd, and it was delicious! Several of my classmates complained that it was too tart, but seriously, LEMONS. Don’t hate them for doing what they do best!
Anyway, this curd is rather tart, but totally tasty. You can always adjust the sugar or lemon juice to suit your own preferences. Also, it makes a ton. Well, not a ton – more like a quart. For real. One quart of awesome, coming right up!! Read the rest of this entry ?
Have you ever stopped, looked around the kitchen, and realized that you have way too much lemon curd? No? Just me? Sigh.
I recently realized that I would need lemon curd for a recipe that I wanted to try. Several years ago I took a hobby class at the local culinary school, and I remembered how easy it was to make curd. I also knew how much tastier homemade is over store-bought. Add these two pieces of info to how easily distracted I am, and it’s obvious that I was going to be making a big honking batch of lemon curd. And then I’d have it! To use in lots of things! So I made my curd and let it cool. While it was setting up, I re-read the original recipe that I had set out to make, and realized that it only required 1/4 cup. I had just made over 4 cups. If I had noticed this initially, I would have just sucked it up and used a jarred curd, you know? So now I’m sitting there, wondering what to do with well over 3 cups of lemon curd. Also, being amused by how ‘curd’ sounds when you’re using it over and over again. Curd, curd, curd, curd. Curd. Sounds funny, and a little gross. Curd.
The last couple months have been crazy, and as a result I feel that I haven’t been posting enough. September will be all about getting stuff baked and posted, without the limitations of a specific theme. I’ve still got a couple of requests that I’m working on, as well as a bunch of ideas in my head. The idea is to kickstart loveysoven back into gear as we get ready for autumn. So keep an eye out, and hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot of each other this month!