How to Prepare Butternut Squash for Cooking

October 24, 2014 12:01 pm

Butternut squash is very versatile, but if you’ve never prepared it before it may seem a bit confusing. Although it has an odd shape, butternut squash is fairly simple to prepare if you know the proper techniques. Follow these simple steps to peel and prep your squash like a pro.

  1. Slice off both ends of the squash using a large, sharp knife. It’s very important that the knife is sharp, as a dull knife requires more pressure from you and may result in a dangerous slip.
  2. Peel the entire squash using an extra strong peeler, preferably one made with carbon steel blades. Because the squash is curved in the middle, it’s best to peel lengthwise.
  3. Cut the squash in half at its center, which is approximately between the thin “neck” and the larger “body” portion.
  4. Slice the neck portion down the center to create flat, cylindrical pieces. Then, slice these pieces into wide strips and eventually cut them down into cubes.
  5. To cut the body, first slice it in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and innards with a spoon. Finally, slice the two pieces into cubes the same way that you did with the neck.

How to Peel and Cut a Butternut Squash [The Kitchn]
How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash [Cooking Light]
7 Steps to Cook Butternut Squash [Good Housekeeping]

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TRIO: Taste the Eponymous Trio of Steak, Seafood, and Wine

October 21, 2014 1:46 pm

Steps from Austin’s bustling downtown and overlooking scenic Lady Bird Lake, TRIO gives diners the best of both worlds. Trio’s carefully-curated menu offers both steak (range) and seafood (Gulf) options. Gulf offerings include Texas shrimp served with red mole sauce, shishito peppers, and corncakes and grouper prepared with grapefruit, roasted cipollini, and brown butter hollandaise. In addition to succulent steaks, TRIO’s range options include chicken, lamb, and antelope for more adventurous eaters. Locals love the made-to-order omelette station at Sunday brunch—as well as the unlimited mimosas, coffee, and tea. TRIO welcomes diners seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Guests praise the attentive and accommodating service as much as the cuisine. One frequent diner had TRIO’s staff custom-create her wedding cake, while another asked (in advance) for the pastry chef to bake a birthday dessert that was not on the menu. Both were pleased with the results!

TRIO
98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 685-8300
www.triorestaurantaustin.com
www.yelp.com/biz/trio-austin-2

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Safety First! Read These Halloween Safety Tips

October 17, 2014 12:01 pm

Your kids can’t wait to put on their costumes and go trick-or-treating, but as a parent, Halloween might make you nervous. It only makes sense to take the necessary precautions before allowing children to go from door to door, and these simple tips will help you to keep your kids safe while still letting them have fun this Halloween season.

  1. Never let your kids trick-or-treat alone. This one may seem obvious, but it’s one of the most important things that every parent should keep in mind at Halloween. Even older children shouldn’t go to strangers’ houses alone, so always make sure that a trusted adult is supervising a group of trick-or-treaters.
  2. Stay visible. Since most trick-or-treating takes place once it starts to get dark outside, you should make sure that your children stay visible to passing cars. Add reflectors to your kids’ outfits, and be sure to send them off with a bright flashlight for navigating dark streets.
  3. Avoid unpackaged treats. Tell your children to never accept homemade treats from strangers while trick-or-treating. Also, be sure to inspect candy for any signs of tampering with the wrapper before allowing kids to dig in to their stash.

Halloween Health and Safety Tips [CDC]
Halloween Safety Tips [American Academy of Pediatrics]
Halloween Safety Tips [Safe Kids Worldwide]

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