Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"There is no love sincerer than the love of food."
-George Bernard Shaw

The refrigerator light goes on...

People ask me all the time about when to use different oils. I always say that using an extra virgin olive oil should be kept for finishing or in dishes where you wont cook away the flavor. This hummus is a great example of that and the flavor of your best, fruity, extra virgin olive oil is perfect for this Mediterranean inspired hummus.


There are so many different kinds of squash it's almost like having to take a high school biology test. I know them all because growing up I was one of those weird kids that actually liked squash.

The squash in this recipe is shaped like a big green acorn. As the squash ages the skin turns a mottled orange yellow color so choose those that are more green than yellow. It should be firm with no dark or gray spots and tapping it should result in a sound that is hollow not dull. This recipe is a variation of one that I had growing up my dad loved acorn squash cooked this way.

Yellow squash (what I called summer squash growing up) is one of my favorites. I love the soups made with it (see Spring Bisque) and the roasted parmesan squash but my favorite is simply sliced into rounds and steamed. Look for medium sized squash no more than about eight inches long. Larger ones are tougher and dry. The skin should be unblemished.

I love zucchini too. In fact, the vegetables I served on opening night in my restaurant were slices of yellow squash and zucchini steamed with a little bit of marjoram butter. I had one diner who came to the kitchen to ask how this was prepared. When I told him that the vegetables were simply steamed he wouldn't believe me and insisted that we had used white wine or some other secret ingredient. The rules for choosing zukes are the same as with yellow squash small to medium size and unblemished skin.

There are dozens of other types of squash (hopefully I can cover them in the next book) but one that I love is the pattypan or scallop squash. You may have seen these in the market. The yellow ones look like small flattened summer squash and the green ones like little zucchinis. They are great steamed and served as a side dish. Because they are small they are sweet and tender. Just a bit of herbed butter and you're good to go.




Roasted Acorn Squash Hummus

Servings = 12 | Serving size =about 1/4 cup

Cooking Time = 60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4.

Cooking time does not include chilling time. Keeps well for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

1 large acorn squash (cut in half lengthwise and seeded)
1 15 ounce can no salt added white beans (drained and rinsed)
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5 large leaves basil
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/16 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Place the acorn squash in the oven cut side up and roast for 50 minutes.

Remove from the oven and place on a plate cut side down. Let cool completely.

Scoop the squash out of the skin and place in a food processor.

Add the white beans, olive oil, basil, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

Process until smooth.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1/4 cup

Servings = 12


Amount Per Serving

Calories 57 Calories from Fat 11
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
    Saturated Fat 0g 1%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
    Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 3% Iron 4%
Vitamin K 5 mcg Potassium 224 mg
Magnesium 25 mg