Sunday, December 10, 2006

Maple Squash Puree (Page 579)

  • Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2006 - 8:30pm
  • Location: Somerville, MA
  • Kitchen: My Apartment
  • Fellow Chefs: Ana and Matt
  • Dining Companions: Matty and Andrew
  • Recipe Rating: B+
I picked this one as a side dish for dinner on Tuesday because this is the perfect time of year to eat butternut squash! It was very tasty. It had a texture highly reminiscent of baby food though, and that bothered some people. It would have been better had it been less liquidy, or pureed a little less completely. The flavor was excellent though. The sweetness from the maple syrup complemented the squash beautifully.

I just got home from the shelter. It was a crazy day at Rosie's today. When I got there at 10:30am everything was locked up and the only person in the kitchen was my fellow volunteer Danielle. There were no kitchen staff in sight. Now Danielle and I have both been volunteering at Rosie's every Sunday for nearly 2 years, so together we could easily make and serve lunch. BUT, we don't have keys and all the food is locked up. None of the non-kitchen shelter staff have keys either, and Virginia, who was supposed to have been there since 9am (with the keys!) was nowhere in sight. Other volunteers began to arrive and we quickly put together some soup with what we could find in the overflow food storage which isn't locked. At 11am with the assistance of a set of bolt cutters and a strong man, we broke in to the food pantry. Unfortunately we still couldn't get in to the walk-in fridge, the freezer, or the knife drawer! So, we made tuna salad sandwiches! At 11:15am the kitchen manager got there with keys, so we were able to get some milk, fruit, butter, etc... before the dining room opened at 11:30am. It was certainly an adventure! Apparently Virginia thought she wasn't working this morning... Whoops!

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