Tuesday, March 24, 2009

...Butternut Squash

Its been a while since I've blogged about food! This is the perfect opportunity since I've never cooked a butternut squash before. I've heard so many vegetarians talk about how yummy they are, including my online/podcasting friend and vegan, Luciana!

The Joy of Cooking says to cut it in half, brush with butter and brown sugar and cinnamon, put it in a baking dish at 375 for 40 minutes. I did this, but I also added nutmeg. I also cut it up into pieces. I don't know why, but I just felt the need to cut it up into pieces! What I should have done was peel it first. I ended up eating around the skin since it was a bit hard to chew. It was messy since I covered it in butter. But yummy nonetheless!

For the main part of the dinner I made crispy parmesan tofu squares, and rice pilaf with asparagus on the side.

The tofu is simple:
Cut tofu into squares (and make sure all moisture is out of course.)
Put just enough olive oil in a pan to make sure the bottom is coated. Heat it up.
Sprinkle the cut squares with garlic, black pepper...any other spices that suit your fancy.
Just before the tofu is done frying/cooking, sprinkle it with parmesan cheese. Just enough to make the cheese crispy. And you're done!

The rice was REALLY easy:
Open box of Zataran's. Follow cooking instructions.
Just before its done, cut up and incorporate the asparagus your roommate steamed yesterday.
Done! (=

Make anything good lately? Let me know!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

...My Apartment (+photos!)

Finally, I present to you, the eager viewer, photos of my beautiful Chicago apartment!

Third floor.

Living room


Looking into the living room from the dining room. That's the mirror my grandmother gave me.

Another dining room shot. Don't have a table in there yet, so its definitely a dance floor.

Bathroom (Vintage claw foot tub and CTA map shower curtain!)

My room. Not as many purses on the wall as the last apartment. Just enough to add a decorative touch.

My bedroom again (the door leads out to the living room)

More bedroom. (its pretty big!)

The kitchen is a kitchen. Pretty sure it was last renovated in the 80s!