Still there with me? I survived Thanksgiving, and it was grand, except for the fact I got sick the next day. Fever, aches, cough, runny nose, you name it. I had it all. The worst part is, it got so bad I got fog-headed and couldn’t really function for a week, and I mean, literally. It was all I could do to remember to eat. I’m not ready for December, but I’m not worried about it, either. I may have accumulated a list of cold-fighting remedies and have gotten myself addicted numerous Korean (melo)dramas, though.
In any case, I have a backlog of recipes to share, winter-warming recipes that provide comfort in this cold season (what is up with the wacky Durham weather, by the way? It’s the coldest and earliest start to winter, ever, complete with first snow. I really hope this is not going to be the norm, or that at the very least, it means a even earlier spring). Anyway, here goes:
This is such a good way to use up two of the ubiquitous winter vegetables, kale and butternut squash. With some black olives and cheese, it makes for a wonderful lunch (it’s good cold the next day). You could also use quinoa instead of pasta, with good effect.
adapted from Melissa Clark’s recipe in NY Times
1 bunch dinosaur kale (from Maple Spring Farms)
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts, toasted
2-4 cloves garlic (from Cariopita Farm)
2 smallish butternut squashes (from Brinkley Farms)
grated Asiago cheese (Parmesan also works) (from Chapel Hill Creamery)
kalamata olives (to taste)
salt and pepper to taste
zest of 1 lemon
lemon juice from the same lemon
1 bag whole wheat spaghetti (I like Trader Joe’s)
Cut butternut squash in half, scoop out seeds, and peel the skin. Cut into 1″ cubes, and roast them in a 400F oven with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. The squash should be done in about 30 minutes- they should be soft but still keep their shape.
Blanch kale in boiling water until limp (about 5-10 minutes). Remove kale with tongs, and immediately put in spaghetti and cook until al dente (look on bag for instructions).
Chop the cooked kale roughly. Add kale to a food processor, and add pine nuts, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper. Blend until smooth.
Toss pasta with kale pesto, lemon juice, and kalamata olives. Serve topped with butternut squash and grated cheese.