Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sidewalk Shoes~ Wicker and Fifi~

It's squash time~

I knew I had to make that recipe~:)

The one from Sidewalk Shoes..and Tyler~Look at her photos to get the yearning!!!

I want you to "Knowte"..(my new word).. that I have all my recyclable bags in my car..But most days..I bring my basket in and out..and I love it..it doesn't have wheels..I am still pining for that one..:)But it has the handles:)And... When they say at the registers...: "I love your basket:)"I am happy.

See what's in it?

And see what's on it?

I met Fifi one day..many Florida sunsets ago..and she gifted me with some hearts.. special hearts....one is on our curio cabinet in the great room..one is in the dining room..and one is on my basket..My Tisket My Tasket:)

I came home w/ the missing ingredients to SS's recipe and we had it for dinner..so late!! So bad the photo..so good the taste. We love acorn squash..and cheese and tortellini..

J'aime.. I love..Amo...
Sa Recette..

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Cheese Tortellini
Serves 4

2 medium acorn squash (about 1 pound each)
extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups heavy cream
1 garlic clove crushed
1 sprig thyme
1 cup grated Parmesan
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 pound cheese tortellini (store bought)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
grated parmesan cheese for topping
fresh sage leaves for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Split the squash in half (cut lengthwise from top end to bottom end) cutting right through the stem so each half has a piece of stem attached. Scrape out the seeds with a spoon and discard. Cut a small piece off the rounded bottom to give it a base to sit on. Place the squash halves cut sides up on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile prepare the tortellini mix. Heat a large pot of salted water to cook the tortellini in. In a separate saucepan heat the heavy cream over medium heat with garlic and thyme and reduce until thick and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Add the nutmeg and parmesan then melt over low heat. Cook the tortellini in the boiling water (3-4 minutes for fresh tortellini or follow directions of brand) and then strain and toss into cream mixture. some of the pasta water to thin out sauce if necessary. Season with salt and pepper and then divide amongst cooked squash cups.

Turn the oven up to 400 F.

Sprinkle the tops of squash bowls with grated Parmesan and a fresh sage leave and then bake in the oven for a further 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

My notes..I had recently purchased something that seemed incongruous to me...in the USA.. Fat Free half and half and I used that..It worked..I wasn't quite sure what to use it in..as I think this is the first creamy dish as in an alfredo sauce etc.. in yeras..We are usually tomato or light sauce recipe amateurs..

Thank you Sidewalk Shoes..if you have never visited..do so..There are even splendid wine reviews:)


  1. oh how cute is the basket like that! i remember when you got the hearts~

    wasn't dinner delish, i loved it!

  2. The first photo is like a painting! And I love your basket :) The squash bowls are sprinkled with grated Parmesan? Ah, heaven!

  3. Merci pour le blog, je viens d'aller m'y promener et les photos sont fantastiques,
    Pour une fois j'ai du prendre mon dictionnaire car je ne comprenais pas tous les mots, mais j'ai bien fait car cette recette paraît succulente
    Bonne soirée

  4. Cute basket and so 'you'! I would need at least two of them when I shop for groceries!

    What a wonderful-sounding recipe. I do love acorn squash too. Off to check that site!

  5. This looks wonderful I have to give this a try...Jain already got me with hers and you just scored the homerun!

  6. Love the basket! This recipe sounds and looks so delicious! I may just try it right now!
    Margaret B

  7. Oh, I love the idea of taking a basket to the supermarket instead of my bags. Of course, mine doesn't have your darling hearts...

    Thanks for the recipe--a wonderful fall dish!

  8. What a charming basket! I usually come out with more than I intended and have to put a basket inside of a cart.

    I popped on over to Sidewalk Shoes and saw Pam's version...I am such a Tyler Florence fan, but missed this one. I know my family would love this unpredictable combination.

    Thanks for the introduction. Ju is right, your pics are always a work of art!

    Enjoy your day....Diane

  9. What a cute basket -- much better than those fabric sacks I use! I may just have to switch to a basket! For I don't often get that much at a time!

    The acorn pasta looks amazing -- but all of your food does!

  10. Oh! Nice pictures, specially the basket with all the squash...the pasta looks very yummie :-)

  11. I'm so glad you liked it! And I absolutely adore your basket. Really, really adore it. Now, I must have a basket for my shopping with a cute heart and a lovely liner, because I am a complete copycat.

  12. Thank you:) My post had 2 reasons today..for you to see Sidewalk Shoes and HER squash..and to use the basket..It makes grocery shopping.. more of an adventure:)For the senses..
    I am so glad you liked the idea..Have you seen them on wheels? Even cuter:)

  13. I too have the basket envy going on M... I do have a cute pink one, a gift from my daughter-in-love...I think it needs Fifi's heart though. You have outdone yourself with this recette. The saliva is running! xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  14. I come to feast on your photos! the basket an d the hearts are simply gorgeous...the dish looks delicious as always..

  15. How delicious does that squash look. Perfect for fall.

  16. I can just see you filling that basket with beautiful food from the market. Such a pretty linen lining and the heart makes it extra special. Will have to try the squash - it looks superb!

  17. What a cute basket!! vey pretty too!

    I so love your dish,...MMMMMMMMMM!!!!
    The squash dish looks divine!

  18. Ethereal! I love the composition and the lighting. Beautiful my friend. xo

  19. THe basket idea is great! Your squash and tortellini sounds delicious. I love cheese tortellini and I love squash. What a great match.

  20. Beautiful, I love it all! Those hearts must be very happy in your home and I love the basket idea.