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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sautéed Squash Side

(photos by Karen)

These gorgeous squash were grown by Kelly Ditz, recent MESA Honorable Mention Award winner and amazing produce grower. To buy directly next Autumn, contact Kelly at: (204)772-5486 for his full produce list. He also provides much of the vegetables for Elkhorn Resort and Spa.

Sautéed Squash with Pear

1 small squash or pumpkin (size of a small cabbage)- NOT Spaghetti Squash
1 ripe pear
1 tbs. butter
drizzle olive oil
freshly grated nutmeg
1 oz Frangelico
salt and pepper

Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Save seeds on paper towel to dry for planting in Spring. I used a small version of the bumpy salmon coloured squash in the top photo.

Cut seeded squash into four pieces to make peeling easier. Peel and slice into wedges. Heat a sauté pan to medium heat. Melt butter with a drizzle of olive oil. Place squash slices in pan and slowly cook for ~20 minutes or until soft and beginning to brown on both sides. Add chopped pear, salt and pepper. Turn heat to medium high after pear has softened and add the Frangelico. Allow the liquid to cook down a bit.

Can be prepared in advance and warmed up. A nice side dish for a wide range of holiday feasting.


Friday, November 07, 2008

Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter

(Tony, photo by Desmond)

(Desmond and Tony)

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Mahatma Gandhi

No, this isn't a recipe. Tony came into our lives a few weeks ago. We innocently went to the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter to drop off a cat food donation. We saw Tony and wanted to care for him. He had been to the shelter three times. The wonderful staff at the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter clearly cared for him and loved him. Now we are lucky to have Tony to love as well.

If you are looking for a pet, please look there first. If you are looking to donate to a cause with direct and immediate effects or to volunteer, please contact the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.

Shelter Location & Hours

The Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the heart of Canada.

3062 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3K 0Y1

They are at the corner of Portage and Country Club Boulevard in St. James (one block west of the Grace Hospital)

Their hours of operation:
Monday to Friday -- 11am - 7pm
Saturday -- 11am - 6pm
Sunday and Holidays -- closed

Contact them at:
Telephone: 204.832.PETS (7387)
Fax: 204.889.8467