Sweetly Spiced Butternut Squash

Sweetly Spiced Butternut Squash – I recently read in a baby book that my little fetus is at the point in his development where he can taste the things I eat. If I eat spicy, he gets a taste. If I eat sweet, so does he! So in my efforts to not have to cater to an infant that rejects everything or a toddler that only eats “mac and cheese” and chicken nuggets, I figured I’d start introducing the little one in utero to a variety of yummy, tasty things that are au naturel. Also, and happily so, my baby generally directs me to things he wants to eat. I’m totally serious!!! Sometimes it’s things like mashed potatoes, which I RARELY eat but have recently started craving. Or out-of-the-blue cravings like octopus! This week, however, he steered me to butternut squash.

I usually make savory butternut squash, with lots of rosemary and flecks of sea salt. This time, however, I decided to try to make it into a dessert. Oh, right, I forgot to tell you that most of the things my baby wants to eat happen to be sweet carbohydrates like ice cream sundaes or pie. Just ask my friends who are witness to my new eating habits and somehow join the pregnant girl in head-to-head eating! But I try to resist temptation to stuff my face with not-so-good things, and try to substitute in more nutritious foods. So I thought to make a barely sweetened squash dessert with rich notes of fall spices that turned out to be really quite delicious. It’s great warm or cold, you can add toppings to it if you like to make it even more special- my favorites are shredded apple and cranberries. But it’s really quite simple and hits the spot both for it’s sweet flavor and it’s nutrition. And the baby loved it!!

Makes 6 servings


1 1/4 lb butternut squash, diced
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp virgin coconut oil
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp orange zest
1/8 tsp kosher salt

Optional toppings: toasted sunflower seeds, shredded apple (super yummy and unexpected!!!), dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 375. In a baking dish, combine the squash, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut oil, maple syrup, orange zest, and salt. Toss to evenly coat the squash with the spices. Roast in oven for about 40 min, then allow to cool to your desired serving temperature. When serving, add topping of your choice.

Red Potato Salad Recipe

This is the very Best and Easy to prepare Red Potato Salad Recipe that you are going to find. Red Potato Salad has always been one of my favorites. Not only does it taste really good, but it is also colorful. If that were not enough, the red potato salad recipes that I have eaten has always been a favorite on the picnic table as well as the dinner table.

The red potato has always held a special place on the meal menu. If you go to any buffet, anywhere: Las Vegas to Paris, the red potato will be proudly displayed with all of the other potato salads.

How To Make The Red Potato Salad Recipe


3 pounds of red potatoes
2 celery sticks, chopped fine
2 carrots, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 cup milk
1 cup mayonnaise
1 small onion, diced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Scrub the potatoes
Place the potatoes in a large pot (don’t peel the potatoes)
Cover with water, cover the pan and bring to a boil
Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender (don’t let the potatoes get too soft…..we are not making mashed potatoes)
Drain the water and let the potatoes cool a bit
Cut the potatoes into one inch chunks
In a large bowl mix the celery, carrots, cucumber, vinegar, milk, mayonnaise, onion, salt, sugar and pepper
Gently stir the cooked potatoes being careful not to mash them
Make sure everything is blended well
Place in fridge until time to serve
This red potato salad is a make ahead recipe. Once you taste it I am sure that red potato salad recipe will be on your dinner menu a few times a month.

Red Potato Salad is truly one of the most delicious recipes that you can make. It is a summer food that is an all time favorite. It is a mainstay as one of the great Fourth of July Recipes. Can you imagine a better tasting and delicious summer food? I can’t!!

Potato Patch Recipes welcomes your comments and suggestions on this Best and Easy Red Potato Salad Recipes or any other potatoe recipies

All Recipes On This Potato Recipe Site Are Free Recipes

When we talk about Red Potato Salad Recipes we are talking about the number one item that people pick up at the deli counter. Bet you didn’t know that! Potato Salad has the advantage of being one of the easier quick recipes that you can make. It is also one of the side dish recipes that people just love to eat.

Red potato recipes are popular not only because they taste really good but also because they look good. The red skin really is striking. When we post a salad recipe on this site we generally look for a easy to make recipe. This red potato salad recipe fills that bill. This truly is an easy potato salad recipe.

Summer salad recipes need to be quick and easy recipes. Nobody wants to have a bbq or a picnic and then spend all of their time cooking up side dish recipes that take all day.

Don’t forget that this Red Potato Salad Recipe is also a creamy potato salad. The mayo really does the trick.

The Best Seafood Recipes and Fish Recipes Are Very Healthy and Taste Great

The Best Seafood Recipes and Fish Recipes Are Very Healthy and Taste Great- How would you like to spice up your dinner menu while adding nutrition, variety, and flavor to the meal? Seafood in the form of fish and shellfish will do just that.

As an added bonus the nutritional value of seafood is well documented. It is hard to come up with a more healthy food than fish! Fish is a great food to get a daily dose of high quality protein, and it also comes jam packed with minerals, such as iron, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, copper, and potassium. But it doesn’t stop there…Most fish also come with some essential B vitamins!

If your on a diet then the next bit of “fish” news will have you doing back flips in the water. Fish have very little sodium and because fish are low in fat and low in calories, they make a superb menu item to use when putting together meals for low sodium and low calorie diets.

Did you know that there are over 240 different varieties of fish or shellfish for you to choose from when planning a meal? Now that is what I call variety. You never have to worry about not being able to find fish at your local grocery store. Some fish are seasonal and come and go during the year, but there is always plenty of fresh, frozen, and canned fish that are available 365 days a year.

Fish is a wonderful food to work with in the kitchen. It is not only nutritious, but it also has a delicate flavor that blends with with most other foods. The soft and tender texture of fish goes extremely well with the crispness of a salad, relish, or vegetable.

Seafood also wears many different hats! It doesn’t just have to be the main course. It can be yummy appetizer, a scrumptious soup, a tasty salad, or even a gourmet sandwich.

Fish cooks very fast so it comes in handy for people that work all day, have kids to take of, but still need to provide nutritious and delicious meals at lunch and dinner time. You should combine fish with other foods that are mild in flavor and won’t overpower the delicate taste of the fish.

Fish and all seafood recipes makes for a delicious meal that is also very healthy to eat.

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce – In my opinion, BBQ just isn’t the same if you don’t have a great BBQ sauce to compliment the meat you slow cooked.  And making a Homemade BBQ Sauce is something everyone should try.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and you might just discover you can whip up a batch of homemade bbq sauce that rivals your favorite store brand!

As you’ll see by looking around this website, we’ve collected tons of great BBQ Sauce Recipes you can try.  Homemade BBQ sauce recipes are actually very simple and quick to make, so there’s no need to be scared of trying to make it even if you are a novice cook.  Just a few simple ingredients and your off to making your very first batch of homemade BBQ sauce.

Just to get you started with a simple recipe, give this one a try!

2 Tbs. vegetable oil1 onion, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, minced1½ cups ketchup½ cup cider vinegar¼ cup Worcestershire sauce⅓ cup sugar1 Tbs. chili powder½ tsp. cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot!)

Prepare all the ingredients so chop the onions and mince the garlic.Heat up the oil on medium heat in a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, gently stirring.Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and cayenne (use more cayenne if you like it hotter).Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 20 to 30 minutes.Makes around 2½ cups.

As you can see, making your own homemade BBQ sauce just isn’t that complicated!  Check out our section called “The Basics” for a description of the 4 basic types of BBQ sauces that we have in the U.S.  I will say there is a 5th type called Alabama White BBQ Sauce which is a Mayonnaise based sauce which is still fairly unknown.  For more information on the history of this type of BBQ check out our section on White BBQ Sauces.

Another advantage of making your own homemade barbecue sauce is freshness and no preservatives.  So, for the health conscious and organic fans, making your own homemade bbq sauce is a great way to go!

So, dig in, find a recipe you want to try, or heck find two or three and get cookin!  You’ll soon discover that you too can make great homemade BBQ sauce and enjoy experimenting with different recipes that you won’t be able to find at your local grocery store.