Remember the Acorn Squash and Apricot Pie from September? My taste buds sure do. I whipped up a new version of the unpumpkin pie, and it is a tie for which I like the best. This time around my apron squash was smaller than usual, about one and half pounds AND I had some sweet potato hanging out. Remember the sweet potato hand pie of a summer gone by – it is coming back too (but you wouldn’t know about it because it was a blog post that didn’t). Well I put the two memories together and made another delicously fall pie, creamy, spiced and perfect with vanilla ice cream.
Follow the same recipe as the Acorn Squash and Apricot Pie; omitting apricots and using 1.5 pounds acorn squash and 1.5 pounds sweet potatoes, both baked before starting the pie.
There is something about mini “things” that is appealing yet mysterious and fulfilling still delicate all in a big way. Like short quotes with big lessons…..
If you take care of the small things,
the big things take care of themselves.
You can gain more control over your life by
paying closer attention to the little things.”
~ Emily Dickinson
And, of course, a quick and easy vegetable dish, inspired by a recipe on the back of a bag of mini squash!
Squash sauté with basil and feta flare
2T Extra virgin olive oil (a little more than you “normally might” per the hubs)
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups mini squash or chopped full size squashes
1 cup mushrooms, whole or roughly chopped
½ cup (or so) halved cherry tomatoes
2 T thin sliced shallots
2 T chopped fresh basil
3 T crumble feta or other cheese
Salt and pepper
Heat about 2 tablespoons olive oil for about 30 seconds on medium heat. Add shallots and garlic, cook about 30 seconds. Add chopped squash and mushrooms and cook about five minutes on medium high heat. Add in tomatoes cook and stir about 1 minute. Lightly salt and pepper – remember the cheese might add to the salt. Remove from heat, add feta and basil. Voila! Flare and flavor!
The mini squash will take a little longer than normal to sauté but only by a minute or so. You could do this in the wok, add snow peas, use only squash etc.
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill
Another related quote and might words of motherly wisdom status post tween boyfriend breakup: “A girl needs a boyfriend, like a fish needs a bicycle.”
What is your favorite quote about the “small things”? Need a quote: here is a Pinterest search on said topic.