For some reason, every year when fall rolls around I find myself spending more time in the kitchen and making more elaborate meals. I’m not sure if it’s because the weather is cooler, so being in a hot kitchen for hours is more pleasant or because I just like fall food more, so I’m more motivated or some other reason entirely. (Or maybe it’s just the association of the whole season with Thanksgiving.) Regardless, I’ve come to regard fall as the time to try out involved, multi-step recipes. This one definitely fits the bill, and it’s well worth it.
A few days ago, I had hands down the best winter squash I’ve ever had the pleasure to eat. I don’t have such hubris as to talk about my own cooking that way (although my preparation was pretty damn good.) Just the squash itself was amazing. Eating the steamed squash plain with nothing added was phenomenal…rich, earthy and sweet in much the same way as all winter squash, but somehow moreso. Have you ever tried to cook or eat a carving pumpkin? They taste like someone took the flavor of an acorn or butternut and cut it in half. This tasted like someone took the flavor of an acorn or butternut and doubled it.