As of this afternoon, I’ll be signing off until after the exam on Tuesday. I won’t know how I did for 4-ish months, so as of Tuesday evening, I’ll be in a state of blissful ignorance as to my performance. Mainly I’ll just be glad it’s over. Bring on the warm, sunny weather, wedding season, and weekends full of house projects I’ve been putting off!
Last night Wheat went to the Zac Brown Band concert in Tallahassee, and I was left to studying and my own devices. I decided to use a spaghetti squash we had and adapt a recipe from Giada that I’ve been using for years.
Giada’s recipe calls for:
⅔ cup olive oil
⅔ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
¾ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 pound spaghetti
⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
To adapt it to what I had on and, I used one whole (but small) spaghetti squash, subbed dried basil for fresh, Romano cheese for parm, and nixed the zest. However, I do think parm and fresh basil really elevate the dish. But, desperate times…
Spaghetti squash can be intimidating if you’ve never used one. I just use a knife to poke holes all over the squash – this is a VERY important step: if you skip it, you may have a squash-plosion. Put it on a plate and microwave on high 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of the squash. Then leave it to finish steaming for 5 minutes or so. Then pull it out and let it cool off some. After you can handle it (with a dish towel or pot holders) slice it in half on the equator (not lengthwise).
Then add the rest of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk away.
Then, still using heat protection, because these things hold heat really well, scoop out the seeds and slimy stuff from the centers. This part us reminiscent of pumpkin carving. You can actually roast these seeds just like pumpkin seeds, but I’m studying for the bar exam, and ain’t nobody got time fo dat.
You’ll be left with this. Pretty!
Scrape out the flesh with a fork, and it magically turns into “noodles!” Add them to the bowl and stir it up. Shake some basil and some more cheese on top, and you are done. This makes a great vegetarian dish, or would be tasty as a side with fish or chicken. I was dreaming of adding some fresh homegrown tomatoes to the mix, as well.
Enjoy! And wish me luck!
Until next time,