Earlier this spring my house was tented and fumigated for termites. Termites flourish in this area. We do what we can to protect our dwelling from an invasion; but it happens every once in a while. We packed up and gave away anything perishable, boarded the garden kitties, and went to Sonoma for a few days.
Everything went smoothly. One thing. I forgot to store my seeds out in the shed instead of inside the house under the big tent. Dang! I didn’t dispose of the seeds. The packets have important information so I bagged them up for future reference.
Rip a load of calendar pages off and move forward in time to the 4th of July. I needed to plant some pumpkins but forgot to order any seeds from my new favorite seed company in Arizona, Terroir Seeds. I opened the seeds that were exposed to fumigants and pulled out my Cinderella Pumpkin seed pack. These will only be used for decoration; so I proceeded to experiment.
There were 6 seeds leftover from last year. I made 2 hills and planted 3 seeds in each hill. I was surprised that the seeds germinated in just a few days. Unfortunately I didn’t record the date – but it was a matter of 3-4 days. Only 2 plants sprouted from one hill. I was happy to have 2 germinate. Earlier this week, 1 seed germinated on the 2nd hill. Crazy. I now have 3 Cinderella Pumpkin plants that I never expected to do more than become compost.
The seed packet lists maturity at 110 days. That hits right around Halloween. Anything these plants produce will be more than I ever expected. This variety makes great decorations that keep throughout the fall season – my favorite time of year.
I wonder if I have enough time to order and plant some butternut squash. While we were up Sonoma way, I had a wonderful butternut squash ravioli with toasted sage and walnut brown butter that I would like to try to master. I found a recipe from Emirl Lagase that should work. Waltham is the variety I would like to try. Perhaps I’ll just settle for whatever seed variety the local hardware store is carrying then expand from there.
Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Sage Brown Butter Sauce
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2000
- Prep Time: 25 min
- Inactive Prep Time: --
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Level: --
- Serves: 4 appetizer servings
- 9 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons minced shallots
- 1 cup roasted butternut squash puree
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus 2 ounces
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 recipe pasta dough, rolled out into wide ribbons, about 1/4-inch thick
- 12 fresh sage leaves
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
In a large saute pan, over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the shallots and saute for 1 minute. Add the squash puree and cook until the mixture is slightly dry, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cream and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 3 tablespoons cheese and nutmeg, to taste. Season with salt and pepper. Cool completely.
Cut the pasta ribbons into 3-inch squares. Place 2 teaspoons of the filling in the center of each pasta square. Bring 1 corner of the square to the other, forming a triangle and seal the pasta completely. Add the pasta to pot of boiling salted water. Cook until al dente, about 2 to 3 minutes or until the pasta floats and is pale in color.
Remove the pasta from the water and drain well. Season the pasta with salt and pepper.
In a large saute pan, melt the remaining 8 tablespoons of butter. Add the sage to the butter and continue to cook until the butter starts to brown. Remove from the heat.
Place some of the pasta in the center of each serving plate. Spoon the butter sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle the 2 ounces of cheese over each plate and garnish with parsley.