Daily Archives: October 28, 2008

Dinner so far this week

Cauliflower and brussel sprouts
Roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts over rice.

I had some brussel sprouts I needed to use up, so I roasted the cauliflower, the brussel sprouts, and some onion. Also sauted some garlic and shallots in some butter, and fried some panko. Tossed it all together, put it over rice, and man was it good. There should have been leftovers for lunch, but we ate every last bit. It tasted exactly like fall.

Butternut squash in my kitchen
Dicing butternut squash in my kitchen.

Last night I wanted something simple because I was feeling a bit down. I cubed and roasted the butternut squash from last week. While it roasted, I diced an onion, and sauted it in a bit of olive oil. Added some cumin, salt and pepper and a can of black beans. While I was doing all that, I minced garlic, tossed it into yet another pan, and threw some spinach in with it to wilt the spinach.

Inside the burrito
Squash and black bean burrito before rolling.
When the squash was done, I assembled the burritos – tortilla, a bit of shredded cheddar, bean mixture, spinach mixture, squash. Rolled it up, put it in a cooking pan, and when the pan was full, tossed some grated mozzarella over the top (who ate all the pepper jack?) and put it in the oven for 20 minutes.

Burrito
Finished burrito.
Pretty good, and I used so little cheese, it felt pretty healthy. The only thing that wasn’t local was the salt. Yay! We are eating pretty healthy at this point.

Items used from the box: cauliflower, onion, garlic, spinach, butternut squash.

Odd facts about our house.

Doorknob
Glass doorknob with skeleton keyhole.

When I was a kid, I had a Dr. Seuss book called My Book about Me that you filled in with facts about yourself, your house, your neighbors and friends. A neat book, still in print, go get it for your nieces, nephews, sons and daughters. I still have mine, all filled in.

One of the things it had in it were spots for things like how many forks you have in your house. Or light switches.

So this kinda reminds me of that, but I just counted, out of curiosity: the lower level of our house has eleven interior doors, not counting the folding ones leading to the sunroom. It also has two exterior doors, not counting the two once you are in the mudroom leading to the back. Most of the interior doors have glass door knobs and skeleton keys to lock them. Yes, we have the skeleton keys, and yes, they work. I kept our spooky basement locked the entire time that Brian was at his Dad’s in northern Wisconsin. Why risk the boogie man? C’mon!