Stuffed Squash, Baked Ravioli and the Elusive “Eat” Post

I had good intentions when I started this blog. Visions of a weekly travel-related post, a garden-related post, and a food-related post.  I think that lasted a week.  The blog then degenerated into Kat’s Blog o’ Babble — but, hey, I’m having fun with it, so that’s all that matters, right?!

Food is one of my loves, though — integral to the travel experience and part of many of our best memories of time spent with family and friends (as I noted in my post regarding our 20-year dinner club tradition).  It’s not that I don’t want to blog about food, it’s just that I am at the stage of life that most nights we are lucky if we find ourselves all seated around the dinner table at the same time.  Some weeknights we have a progressive dinner theme, eating in stages and “courses” throughout the evening, to accommodate varying work and activity commitments.  Moreover, since my husband is the primary cook in the house, I am not routinely cooking with camera in hand (even when I do cook, the camera is not usually part of the process)  — and if I would hover with camera in hand while he cooked, our 20+ year marriage would not endure.

This past weekend, my husband found a recipe for stuffed squash on a blog called “The Dirt.”  When he told me the source of the recipe he adapted (by adding some bread crumbs, garlic, sweet Italian instead of regular sausage), I excitedly exclaimed, “I follow that blog!”  This exciting discovery of another mutual interest after 20+ years together was lost on my husband.

Sausage and Ricotta-Stuffed Squash
Sausage and Ricotta-Stuffed Squash (recipe adapted from “The Dirt” blog)

As he pulled the stuffed squash out of the oven, they screamed “food-related blog post”!  (I, for some reason, am the only family member who heard their plea.)  I dashed upstairs to grab my camera, and carefully turned my plate, trying to capture the lovely autumnal dish in the most favorable light.  We even had set the table, in anticipation of a leisurely family dinner.  Notice my husband’s half-eaten squash in the background?  It gives you some idea of how long I fussed over the photo.  This is why “Eat” is an elusive post.

Last night, I actually cooked.  I planned ahead, using my handy-dandy “No Time to Cook” smartphone app from Real Simple while standing in the grocery store (gosh I love that thing — pick the main ingredient and whether you have 20, 30 or 40 minutes to cook, and an array of great weeknight recipes pop up on your screen).  I knew we had some cheese ravioli in the freezer, and had selected a simple pasta dish, “Creamy Ravioli and Pesto Gratin.”

The photo below is what I have to show for that dish (after moving the piles of mail out of sight and wiping away the crumbs on the counter):

Parmesan cheese

As I lamented the fact I had not taken a picture of the golden-brown, cheese-topped bubbly pasta dish when it came out of the oven, my husband looked at me, puzzled, and said, “just post the photo from the recipe’s website.”  (Did I mention my husband doesn’t even read my blog, let alone follow other food blogs on a routine basis?)  I looked at him in horror, and whined, “I CAN’T do that!”  He wisely did not ask me to explain.  This is why “Eat” is an elusive post.

Creamy Ravioli and Pesto Gratin Recipe (Photo credit: Real Simple/David Prince)
Creamy Ravioli and Pesto Gratin Recipe
(Photo credit: Real Simple/David Prince)

Recipe links:

Stuffed Squash from “The Dirt” blog:  http://thedirt.areavoices.com/2012/11/02/stuffed-squash/

Creamy Ravioli and Pesto Gratin (from Real Simple):  http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/creamy-ravioli-pesto-gratin-recipe-00000000028124/index.html

Ciao! ~ Kat

16 thoughts on “Stuffed Squash, Baked Ravioli and the Elusive “Eat” Post

  1. I wish I would be a good cook. I can cook some basic stuff my grandma and mother teached me. Typicall german stuff but its still not so great like they can cook. They can cook everything after reading a recept nevermind from which country the recipe is. Hard or easy recipes.. they can do all. Also the husband of my mother.. he is perfect in cooking. But that is something I am not good at.

    There is simply so many things in the world I would love to try out, A lot of tasty things. Italian food is one of my favorites. I think there is not much italian stuff I would not want to try. Only things with fish, I dislike. The Creamy Ravioli and Pesto Gratin on the Photo looks so tasty! But the Ricotta-Stuffed Squash too. I image right now I could bite in there… 😀

    Your husband seems to be a great cook!

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    1. He is a great cook — and cooking Italian dishes is one of his favorite things to try! Just keep practicing different cooking, and you will become a good cook in not time. And, yes, it is amazing what those phones can do now — mini-computers in our hands. ~ Kat

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  2. Also the smartphones and apps are so crazy. They can do everything today.. you need a recipe app? No problem.. you need TV programs? No problem.. a flash light? No problem.. GPS? Well.. no problem. Sometimes I think these smartphones can do more then any devices from the star trek or star wars movies 😀

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  3. Always on the lookout for a good squash recipe – will try this one! You have company in the blog performance anxiety area; but – you are blogging, writing, eating (yay), taking pictures and making us laugh… What I wonder is where people find so much time to post/read other blogs/enter challenges?

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    1. For those writers, retirees, or other folks tethered to a computer in various social and professional ways, blogging and commenting may be integral to their daily lives! I enjoy perusing while unwinding in the evening, or during a lunch break — or sometimes just for that couple minute “I need to shift gears” break during the work day (since I often am tethered to the computer for work, but I am so grateful for technology that allows me to do a job I enjoy!). You will enjoy this squash recipe — and “The Dirt” blog recently posted another stuffed squash variation you might want to check out. ~ Kat

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      1. Tethered is a good word – blogging does become integral and I try to fit blogging in in much the same ways but am still amazed at the amount of great and interesting content that some are able to generate… I always feel that I could be doing more or saying more while still trying to work it into all the other things that need to be done on a day-to-day basis….

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    1. Lorelei, those Real Simple recipes are great family favorites of ours when time is short. The boys and one of their friends all gave the baked ravioli pesto dish a thumbs up (although the cream-based sauce doesn’t make it the healthiest dish — balanced with broccoli on the side!). ~ Kat

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  4. Both recipes look amazing. As a functional vegetarian, I’m always looking for ways to successfully adapt recipes–nuts and dried fruits instead of sausage, for example. We had an abundant basic crop this year, so I have lots of frozen pesto on hand. Thanks for posting these!

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    1. Thank you, Sharron – – I remember one Thanksgiving we made a stuffing with chestnuts and mushrooms in it that was delicious. I bet they’d be nice “meaty” additions to a stuffed squash too. And nuts is a great idea — passing that on to my husband. ~ Kat

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