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On Ryan’s Plate: A Regular Martha Stewart

September 28, 2011

Hi friends! Another “Tuesdays with Ryan” post coming your way—this recipe was really great!  Without further ado…

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I’ve never identified much with Martha Stewart. Frankly, it seems like she asks people to spend too much time on projects that are as elaborate as they are unnecessary. Whereas I might send an E-vite for a party, Martha suggests using a few good size potatoes and some cookie cutters to create personalized stamped cards for any occasion. While I still have all the souvenirs from my 1999-2000 study abroad experience in a handsome cardboard box just waiting for them to assemble themselves into a scrapbook, Martha suggests creating scrapbooks with iron-on cherry branch silhouettes (or, for the more ambitious, scrapbooks with a metallic monogram and patterned pages).

So when I was surfing the internet for butternut squash recipes today (there’s a phrase I never thought I would type), I was shocked to find myself drawn to this twice-baked butternut squash recipe from, who else, Martha Stewart. It has all the pointless embellishment we’ve come to expect from Martha Stewart (why bake a squash just once when you can bake it twice!), but what really drew me in was the opportunity to use a food as a vessel for more food. I can never pass up the chance to eat food from other food – be it the sourdough bread bowl, the taco salad shell, the stuffed pepper, or the pancake plate and bacon fork and spoon (which currently exists only in my imagination. Let’s get Martha Stewart on that).

Turns out, this butternut squash recipe was delicious and not all that complicated.  Baked squash was scooped out and mixed with sour cream, chives, paprika, salt and pepper, and then put into the oven with breadcrumbs on top. I even added the embellishment of a little parmesan cheese on top – apparently Martha didn’t think of that one:

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Martha even has me doing elaborating plating. The recipe calls for “nestling” the squash into a bed of mixed greens. I don’t think I’ve ever nestled any food before. I’m not even sure that I knew food could be nestled. But I nestled the hell out of that squash, and it looks great. Thanks Martha!

The success of the squash recipe inspired me to make these Raspberry Cream Shortbread Cookies:

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Just kidding. I bought some cookies from the Publix bakery:

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Notice they’re nestled perfectly on that plastic bakery bag. Because elaborate presentation matters.

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Ryan knows the way to my heart—a good squash recipe :-)  Hope you had a great Tuesday! See ya tomorrow!

20 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2011 2:21 am

    Martha always seems so complicated, but really it’s not that bad. Tony and I love her recipes and we even have a notebook we put together with a lot of her ideas in it. Love the squash recipe! Looks delicious!

  2. September 28, 2011 2:26 am

    I’m shocked; Ryan seems like a natural nestler.
    I hope he didn’t take any insider trading tips from Martha, too.

    • JenATX permalink
      October 1, 2011 4:05 pm

      some people have a touch for nestling… others do not. its a gift, really.

      LOL thought to this post :) and dang those chocolate chip is outta control with the chips (in a good way, of course)

  3. caloricandcrazy permalink
    September 28, 2011 3:03 am

    those cookies look SO cute and delicious :)

  4. September 28, 2011 3:09 am

    Oh my gosh, Ryan had me laughing out loud reading this. “I nestled the hell out of that squash..” <–best line ever!
    And for the record, I completely agree with you on Martha…elaborate & unnecessary.

  5. greensandjeans permalink
    September 28, 2011 10:39 am

    I have never seen a squash that looked happier to be nestled than that one.

  6. September 28, 2011 12:37 pm

    GO Ryan!!

  7. September 28, 2011 1:13 pm

    Ha. Loved this – the nestling, in particular.

  8. September 29, 2011 1:06 am

    Are yinz guys pumped to be back in the land of Publix?!

    Ryan, you are hilarious. I love this post.

  9. September 29, 2011 1:40 am

    Cute! I was about to be really impressed with those cookies!

  10. September 29, 2011 7:10 am

    haha, awesome!

    and I definintely agree about eating food from other food. especially when there’s nestling involved

  11. September 29, 2011 6:28 pm

    Tuesdays with Ryan is awesome! I love the nestling. Awesome!!!!

  12. September 29, 2011 6:28 pm

    I wonder if I could use the word awesome again?
    Geez. Pass me a thesaurus.

    • September 29, 2011 7:23 pm

      You’re like Jodi Sawyer in Center Stage when she can’t stop telling Cooper that his pirouettes were amazing. :-)

      I hope you get that reference. If not, just ignore me. :-)

      • September 29, 2011 9:10 pm

        I should probably be embarrassed that Center Stage is one of my all time favorite movies and that I can quote it like nobody’s business…but I’m not sorry ;)

  13. September 29, 2011 8:22 pm

    Hahaha, I love it! Ryan, you really do know the key to your sweetie’s heart.

  14. September 29, 2011 8:40 pm

    Ryan, I am so utterly impressed with you. My husband can barely boil an egg – I wish I was kidding!

  15. September 29, 2011 9:52 pm

    Tuesdays with Ryan are so much fun – like Jerry Seinfeld in the kitchen! And, that squash recipe looks delicious!

  16. Danielle permalink
    September 30, 2011 3:47 am

    You and Ryan both have the funniest sense of humor. I die laughing almost every post!

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