I was delighted to receive a Sweet Dumpling squash from the garden at The BeHive. Wow -- amazing what the kiddos are growing this summer with the help of dedicated volunteers and staff. Thank you, BeHivers! This is definitely a summer squash, as the skin is easily peeled and the seeds are soft. The color is a beautiful green-peach, a bit lighter in color than a cantaloupe. See pics below.
I sent 2 pies back to The BeHive kids with some fresh whipped cream so that they could reap the benefits of their garden. This pie has the consistency of pumpkin pie, but a little sweeter.
Yields 2 pies
1 sweet dumpling squash, peeled and deseeded, steamed in chunks for 25 minutes or until tender
3 cups peeled and chopped carrots, steamed until tender
1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 T. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. allspice
2 cans evaporated milk
2 unbaked pie shells -- I always use David Letterman's mother's recipe
Okay, ya gotta take your time with the pureeing and the draining of the carrots and the squash. Here's what I did: I pureed the carrots first, since they have a bit more density, then added the squash chunks a bit at a time to the carrots and continued pureeing. You can do this in a food processor, but I've had better luck with a mixer with the wire whisk -- you know, the one you use for whipped cream?
After everything was PRETTY well pureed, I put the carrot/squash puree through a sieve to drain the excess moisture. This also required a lot of
patience, but I was rewarded with a 1/2 cup of yummy carrot squash juice, which I mixed with apple juice for a fab-o breakfast drink.
After you've drained the puree, then let it go for another spin in
the mixer/processor just to get it extra smooth.
Okay, hard part over! Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Mix the sugar, beaten eggs, cinnamon, salt, allspice and evaporated milk until a uniform color. Pour into
unbaked pie shells. Bake for 15 minutes on 425, then reduce the heat to 350 and bake for another 45 minutes. Let cool and set for 2 hours. Eat immediately after, or refrigerate.
Zoe and I spend a GREAT weekend with Adam and the boys; Zoe is head over heels in love with her cousins Ethan and Noel. For toddler dinner on Saturday, Adam prepared a delish dinner of these cakes with a side of broccoli. He found this recipe on Weelicious, and here's the link to the recipe.
Since Zoe and I are such cheese lovers, I might experiment with a bit more cheese, perhaps parmesan. I'll let you know how the next batch with extra cheese goes.
What's your favorite toddler snack?
I just love cabbage, but not the usual salads made with cabbage, especially cole slaw. I found this recipe and altered it slightly. It is crisp, balanced and delicious. Give me your feedback if you try it!
¼ large head red cabbage, cored and shredded
1 to 2 ounces gorgonzola or other blue cheese, crumbled
⅓ cup chopped walnuts
⅓ cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
Salt and black pepper
Instructions: Put the cabbage, cheese, walnuts, cranberries, oil, and vinegar in a medium bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Toss, taste and adjust the seasoning, and serve immediately.