What’s Cooking?

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Roasted butternut squash topped with browned turkey, garlic and veggies with a side of quinoa.

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Mmm.. say it with me — “keen wa!” I love this food.

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And while I’m trying not to drink much, this decanter is so awesome for impressing a guest. Take a $5 bottle of red wine and decant for 30 minutes before. You wouldn’t believe how much this improves the taste.

Otherwise, I’m not doing much domestic this week. Work is kicking my butt. With hours upon hours at the capitol in a sea of gray cubicles, I am exceptionally happy this is no longer my work environment. I am also over the moon, after spending an hour on the freeway this afternoon, that I don’t have to participate in the concrete jungle regularly either. Both have given me a new dose of perspective and gratitude for my sweet little desk with the pretty window overhead and the fact it is a mile from my home.

Now where did I put the rest of that quinoa…


15 Replies to “What’s Cooking?”

  1. Looks yummy! How do you cook butternut squash and quinoa? I would love to learn. Does quinoa have flavor or do you flavor it when you cook it?

  2. I’m not sure that I should have read that wine tip. I might be drinking more red wine now that I can buy the 5 dollar stuff and improve it. How is it that I didn’t know that?!

  3. Quinoa…yummy! I love red peppers stuffed with it. Even with work kicking your butt you still have time to prepare such lovely meals…I barely squeeze in time to make spaghetti! Have a lovely weekend:)

  4. That meal looks yummy, I would love the recipe, please.

    And I hear ya on the work commute. I am fortunate enough to work from home, so when I do have to travel to an office I always realize just how lucky I am.

    Happy Friday!

  5. Mmmmmm. Yum. And so healthy too!

    I never knew how to pronounce quinoa (I’ve been calling it “kin-oh-ah” all these years-heh, which, fortunately, does not make it any less yummy, but I suppose DOES make me a little more of a troglodyte–LOL). I told Mom I learn something new from you every day, Kelli. Thank you for gracefully saving me from quinoa troglodyte-dom! Happy Friday Amazing Girl!

  6. Gee, you always make me so hungry when I read your posts about cooking. I have a roast in my crockpot and the delicious fragrance and your photos are making me ravenous.

  7. I have never tried quinoa before. Is there a Mexican equivalent? Can it be bought here? I haven’t the slightest idea of where it comes from, but it looks good.I agree with top post, you make me hungry everytime you post food, mmmmm!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  8. The butternut squash looks yummy. I’ve never had it, but it sure looks good. I guess I need to spread my “food” wings and try some new foods. The only foods I’ve been craving lately are vanilla shakes and Sonic ice. 🙂

  9. Your healthy meal looks great Kelli. Getting air into your red wine is a very good thing whether a cheapr or expensive bottle of wine. However if you are going to decant a whole bottle, be prepared to drink the whole thing when you do. To easily get the air you need into wine one glass at a time, pour into wine glass, and then pour into another wine glass. Pour back and forth between two wine glasses to bring out the flavors and aromas of the wine quickly. Swirling your glass also helps, but to get a good amount of air in a short amount of time, do the pour thing.

  10. I love love quinoa too, your meal looks so yummy!

    A mi me gusta tambien prepararla como postre, quinoa con leche mmmm deliciosa 😛

    un abrazo Kelli y un muy buen 2009 para ti.


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