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Sunday
Nov012009

Welcome November! with Macrina Squash Harvest Loaf

squash loaf

Don't egg my house.  If you follow In Praise of Leftovers at all, we're clearly in a holding pattern  here.  It goes: squash/apple/galette/pizza/squash galette/apple cake/squash soup/squash bread and REPEAT.  If you don't like squash, maybe you'll stay for the self-deprecating humor?  Please?

After my trip to Gordon's, I've still got squash hanging around.  When my Mom and I were standing in line to pay for our haul, we had a good laugh at everything in our wheelbarrows--pumpkins (carving and sugar pie), gourds, all kinds of squash. It was as if someone had just said we'd be locked in our houses all winter with only squash recipes as resources.  If you're snowed in this winter and can't get to the grocery store, snowshoe on over to my house.  I've got enough food to get all of Seattle through Winter Blast 2010.

I've sung Macrina's praise here and here, and I'll never be quiet.  My favorite bakery anywhere, ever.  Hands down.  I never order the squash bread while I'm there because I think, "I can make that myself."  I always order something made with croissant dough or a brown sugar shortbread in the afternoon.  How do they get that shortbread so [expletive!  expletive!] perfect?  So despite conspiring to make this bread, I haven't until this afternoon.  And it was a meditative thing to do on a Sunday--roast the squash, prepare the mini loaf pans, smell them cooling on the table.  My friend Tiffany just had a baby girl yesterday morning, and I wanted to make something that I could have her half of.  Don't give me too much credit here.

cooling loaves

I can't recall a Sunday as relaxing as this one.  Since it was Daylight Savings, it felt like the extra hour just kept giving. Yancey got off shift this morning, and I catapulted out of the house as soon as I heard his car in the driveway.  He took a turn responding to Loretta's demands while walked around Seward Park and cleared my head, remember that all would be well and that I was more than housework and finding shoes and socks.

Seattle from Seward Park

Later, while Loretta and Yancey slept, Wyatt played computer games and I made cards, pulled out my trusty colored pencils and did something right-brained.  Then, to take advantage of the incredible light today, I took about 50 photos of this silly bread like it was Jennifer Aniston or something.  Now that it gets dark at 5:00, what do low-tech, flash-avoiding food bloggers do?!  They bake in the afternoon, I guess.

colored pencils

Before dinner, we dropped squash bread off for Baby Miriam's family and all of us went to Kubota Gardens.  The Japanese Maples there really are on fire, and the kids exclaimed over all of them.  Welcome, November.

P.S. Loretta was a punk rock zebra for Halloween.  You know I would never miss an opportunity to post another show-off picture of her.  Tonight when I put her to bed, she said, "Mom, will you talk about Halloween to me again?"

Halloween punk rock zebra

Macrina Squash Harvest Loaf
You can find this recipe at La Tartine Gourmande.  I could copy it here, but you should really visit Bea's blog.  She definitely doesn't need my endorsement, but I'm giving it anyway.  Stratospherically great photos and recipes.  This recipe makes two full-sized loaves, but I made six mini-loaves instead and cooked them for 40-45 minutes instead of 60+.  Now I can keep some for us and give some away.  It's definitely possible to use canned pumpkin here, but I think the difference in roasting your own butternut squash is night-and-day.  The butternut bread has a much more subtle and complex flavor, and the color of the bread is beautiful.  Plus, I'm still trying to make a dent in my wheelbarrow full of squash.

Recipe

Reader Comments (18)

Was just at SODO Macrina 3 days in a row last week. Squash harvest loaf for us. One for M + P. You know I'm picky about baked goods out :). Love everything at Macrina though, esp this bread. You are funny. Jennifer Aniston.

November 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Cox

Love that punk rock zebra! Xoxoxo

November 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Cox

Punk-rock zebra is the best costume idea EVER. Love it.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermichaela

Love love love your website!! This looks amazing. Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog :)

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Sarah your line, "I could make that myself" is a classic one from my mouth. One time while in a store my husband (then boyfriend) said, "I want to get some Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies." I quickly shouted, "Don't buy those, I can make that!" Of course, he wanted them right then, not when I got around to baking them. And super interesting about making cards, as I felt the same way this weekend. I cleared my desk (always cluttered with "stuff") to make cards...must have been in the air. And no, squash is absolutely wonderful, especially when one can get it anywhere...this coming from an Arizona girl.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkamille scellick

Looks good to me! I love that Loretta went as punk rock zebra....classic! She reminds me of that gum (can't remember the brand) that had the zebra on the package with all the funky flavors and color stripes.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

Thank you for the bread. Well, I guess it was technically for Michael. Anyway, I looked forward to it all day. Had it tonight after dinner with tea and Auntie Megan. So good!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Cox

You're welcome :)

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahmk

It's Fruit Stripe gum!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahmk

Hi Kamille! How on earth do you make Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies?! Glad you got some time to yourself over the weekend...

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahmk

When I get to busy to pull this blog up, I know I'm officially to busy. Especially when Loretta is posing as a zebra punk rocker. She is so wild and untamable. I adore her style.
......and the bread.....OMG Naomi brought me some this weekend, and I couldn't believe how I scarfed it down. Knowing me, I saved the package, so I could try and duplicate the recipe, with the ingredients listed, and lo and behold it pops up on my favorite food blog. Way to nail down November and make us glad it's here!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermfm

Mine are in the oven now. Wish me luck! They look like they are going to be beautiful and impressive. I loved Macrina back in my Seattle days. Did you know I lived there for 3 years about 10 years ago?

Love the sweet pictures of your kids!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElenor Jeter

Sweet picture of Ms. Fruit Stripe herself and that bread! Doing Macrina proud!

Your humor quotient is high in this post. Loving it.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEm

Been watch your blog for awhile now. Love your recipes!! I have tried the Three Onion Potato Soup, Mom's Chocolate Chip cookies and Pumpkin cookies. All were wonderful!! I have been passing your blog on to many friends. This has been fun to see your life and your sweet family!! Thanks for all the cooking
inspiration!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMTM

DITTO MTM and her comments. Your blog is delightful and I love your spunk and generosity of spirit in sharing. It's the good stuff to make the world spin round. I also made the leek and potato soup (even down to the knobby little fingerlings snagged from Ballard Sunday Market) and the AMAZING pumpkin cookies. They melted in my mouth as promised. YUM and keep it up! You are a junkie's fix for all us kitchen gazelles who enjoy food, friendship, and passing forward a fantastic recipe. ROCK ON

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMLMc

Is this the Mary M from my youth? So nice to see you here!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahmk

Yep It is ! Have a great NYC trip. Gary and I love that town. I have never had bad food there:) From the street cart to the corner deli and little Italy all are my favorites!

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMTM

I found a recipe many moons ago on the internet. I have it somewhere around here. Imagine whoopie pies, except oatmeal cookies. I'll have to make some!

November 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkamille scellick

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