I have a page torn from the October 2010 issue of Cooking Light that has been in and around various rooms in our house. I see it most when I’m not interested in it, wedged between food magazines stacked at the end of the sofa, […]
The dog days of summer seemed to have passed us by this year without ever actually arriving, unless you consider the phrase to have more to do with one’s lethargy than hot, sultry weather. The windows are open, and from time to time, chilly […]
The weather here has been remarkable for the past few days with temperatures reaching nearly 80. Blue skies stretch on forever, and because it's so dry, visibility is about as clear as I've seen it in a while. I've had the patio door open during the day, and a few windows open at night to move the air around and keep the house from getting stuffy.
But wonder of all wonders?
I actually got off my rump and went for a walk today, pounding the asphalt of my old route back and forth through the neighborhood across the street — the one that affords me a breathtaking view of the San Diego skyline, Mission Bay, and the beach each time I make it to the end of a street. Down the hill and back takes me about 45 or 50 minutes, and I'm proud to say that although I haven't walked for more than a month — make that two – everything seems just fine. No aches or pains — yet. When I got back home, I put a salad together just for me.
Although I finally broke down yesterday and went to the grocery store for some produce and other necessities, I did have half a butternut squash in the fridge left over from the scarlet runner bean soup I made last week.
Wait. Squash in a salad?
That's what I thought until I saw the piece in next month's issue of Food & Wine in "Six Hearty Winter Salads." The Butternut Squash Salad with Hazelnuts had my name all over it. And if you're too chilled about the prospect of a salad in the wintertime — it's a warm salad.
How can you refuse? Mumbling about not liking squash doesn't count.