Cleaning and Cooking

October 5, 2016

Another post-Peter task was to clean out the refrigerator, pantries…

I’m not happy he’s gone, but it’s immensely satisfying to cull a whole bunch of old food.

There were a few science experiments in progress hiding in remote areas of the refrigerator (those were not so much his doing as just artifacts of a very non-routine summer), and there were countless half-eaten bags of snacky things that had become stale, so those went. There were also a whole bunch of supplies for school lunches that were still good, but we’ll not need again–those are going to the homeless shelter.

Here’s a sampling… including some really artful relics rom the cheese box:



And while I’m here in the kitchen..

I tried what turned out to be a fantastic recipe for baked apple and winter squash.

I used these organic honeynut squashes I found at Trader Joe’s, and some Granny Smiths:


Peeling the squash was a drag.. they are so hard and so difficult to manipulate. I may buy the ready chunks next time or use a butternut–more bang for the effort:


Then layered in a buttered dish:


Drizzled with maple syrup, and covered the top with a crumble of butter, flour, brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, salt, pepper. Covered and baked.
Holy sh*t, it was fantastic.

Served it with my new favorite marinated pork tenderloin from Trader Joe’s and rice. Heaven.