Actually, I've willfully misinterpreted Carole's topic for today which is ten ways to deal with a cold. I refuse to mention colds as there is such nastiness swirling around here and I've taken such measures to avoid it that I've got disinfectant hand cream coming out of my pores.
Tonight I'll blog about how I deal with the cold, as in there is a huge cold front coming and it's going to get cold. That cold. I bet you can guess the nature of the contents of my post...
I may have blogged about the Christmas present Hubster got me last year -- 250 grams of Quiviut fiber. I also may have blogged about spinning it into a light fingering weight 2-ply yarn. I can't remember.
As the cold approached this fall, I thought I should finish the gloves I started out of this hand spun goodness last spring. It didn't take long. These suckers are soft and warm and decadent. And they only weight 80 grams. As such, my pair is in the works.
I used Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns. These gloves were knit on size 2 needles and I knit the man's large size. Hubster likes them.
Also in the WIP finishing category is my Inspira cowl (that's a Ravelry link).
General Patton modeling knit wear again. I know that the photo seems yellow, but the colors of the cowl read pretty true in this photo. The yarn is a hand spun Spunky Eclectic colorway -- can't remember which one, but I spun it to maintain the long color repeats.
I modified the pattern in that I decreased to give it some shoulder shaping. I knit it on size 9 needles.
It's rustic and thick and bright. I kind of love it.
So, yeah, knitting is one way to deal with cold weather. The other way?
You knew that was coming.
I'll tell you one thing. The way my CSA deals with the cold weather is to throw winter squash at us! I have 2 Acorn, one Butternut, one Delicata, and a baking pumpkin.
Tonight I stuffed two kinds of winter squash with cornbread stuffing, because, to be perfectly honest, my family does not love winter squash. It's ok as a vehicle for something else like stuffing, though.
Cornbread Stuffed Winter Squash
- 2 winter squash, halved and seeded
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 2 large cloves garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 T butter
- 10 leaves fresh sage, chopped
- 2 T Sherry
- 6 stale corn muffins, about 2 cups (you can use bread cubes that you dry a little in the oven instead)
- 1 1/2 c chicken stock
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Sautee onion, celery, and garlic in butter until soft. Season with salt and pepper and add sherry. Reduce slightly. Add sage.
- Stir muffin crumbs and chicken stock into vegetable mixture. Let it absorb the liquid some.
- Spoon the stuffing into the squash cavities, mounding it up carefully.
- Bake until squash is cooked through, about an hour.
I served this with buffalo meatloaf that I seasoned with some of the fresh sage and yukon gold potatoes. Stick to your ribs food, I tell you.
There is some stuffed squash left. I'd call that lunch.