Sunday, December 2, 2012

Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme for Favorite Chef Inspired Dishes for #SundaySupper!

OK ladies. I have two words for you: Curtis Stone. He's an amazing chef, a great TV personality. Oh and I've met him in real life. He's cuter in person, if you could even fathom that.
Enough about my crush on Curtis. The real reason you are here today is one of my favorite Sunday Supper themes to date: Celebrity Chef Inspired Dishes! I have so many favorite celebrity chef's and own more cook books than one could imagine. I had a very hard time picking out one dish. So I broke out the cookbook I received when I met Curtis Stone, Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone: Recipes to Put You in My Favorite Mood. This is one of my favorite cookbooks where you can find everything you'd ever need for a dinner or social gathering. I also used this moment as an excuse to share the above photo ;)

For this Sunday Supper, I chose to make Curtis Stone's Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Roast time: 30-40 minutes
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
2-3 acorn squash, halved length-wise, seeded and cut into ½ - ¾” wedges (tip for making the cutting easier, pierce with a fork and microwave for 2 minutes)
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Sea or Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup pure maple syrup (I used the syrup my Maine family sent me!)

 Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy clean up.
2. Toss the squash wedges with oil and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the thyme leaves, salt and pepper and roast for 20 minutes.
3. Using a metal spatula, turn the squash wedges over and drizzle with the maple syrup. Continue to roast until tender and golden. 10-20 minutes longer.

These are so good and have such a sweet caramelized taste to them. Thank you Curtis Stone! We have quite the lineup this week. Check out these amazing dishes!

Starters or Snacks :

Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog - Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper
Linda at The Urban Mrs. – Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa
Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts – Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn
Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings - Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup
Jeff at The Catholic Foodie – Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh
Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee – Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli

The Main Dish:
Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s  Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples
Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun
Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends – Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots
Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen – Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s
Lane over at Supper for a Steal – Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken
Tara from Noshing with the Nolands – Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini
Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by,  Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Kris over atIn the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene – Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf
Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes – Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches
Becca from It’s Yummilicious – Ina Garten’s Grown Up Bacon Mac & Cheese
Alice at Hip Foodie Mom – Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon
Jen over at  Juanita’s Cocina - The Neely’s White Turkey Chili
Brianne fromCupcakes & Kale Chips – Crockpot Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis
Isabel at Family Foodie - Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet – Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse
Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen – Cheesy Poblano Chicken
Patti at Comfy Cuisine- Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese
Roxanne over at The Roxx Box – Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille
Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom – Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’
Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork
Elisabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle – Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice

Amazing Sides:
Megan from I Run For Wine – Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme
Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip -  Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate
Shelby at  Diabetic Foodie – Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten
Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles - Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

Sweet Endings:
Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart
Conni at The Foodie Army Wife – Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake
Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes – Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart
Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake
Katy over at Happy Baking Days – Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart
Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen – Southern Tea Cakes
Amy over at Kimchi MOM - Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry - Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares
Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts
Wine Pairings:
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Please join on us via Twitter for #SundaySupper on December 2, 2012, throughout the day. In the evening, we will meet at 7 PM EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chatAll you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.


33 comments:

  1. You're a lucky woman to have met Curtis Stone! What a great picture btw! I love how you chose his roasted acorn squash recipe. It sounds really delicious and easy. Plus acorn squash is so very good for you too! Nice post and nice to meet you.
    Renee @kudoskitchen

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    1. Thank you Renee! Nice to meet you as well. Curtis was such an amazing person, he spent time with each of his fans. He was real and down to earth.

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  2. Perfect, simple, and delicious. I love roasted squash. I have found them at the farmer's markets lately for great prices. This will make a delicious side dish this week.

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    1. These are really easy, delicious, healthy and cheap. I love that you can put different toppings on them.

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  3. I love squash, this is quick and easy prep! Sooo jealous but glad for you that you met Curtis!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! I was jealous of myself for a few weeks after ;) Seriously though, he was such an incredible celebrity chef to meat in real life!

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  4. OH yeah, easy on the eyes! Top Chef Masters is one of my fave shows and he was a great choice as host!

    The simple recipes are always the best! This sounds great!

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    1. Amy, Top Chef masters is one of my favorites too. Did you watch Around the World in 80 plates? I loved it. I agree, simple recipes are the best!

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  5. I have 2 acorn squash sitting on my kitchen counter and 3 different thyme plants outside. I am all ready to make this. Sounds wonderful.

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    1. Did you end up making this yet Renee? I am curious to see what you thought of these!

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  6. Curtis Stone is definitely easy to look at :) He did commercials for a grocery store where I used to live. I miss those :(
    Great squash recipe, I am looking for new ways to try it with my family!

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    1. OOOH Curtis Stone grocery store commercials!? I couldn't imagine. I wouldn't pay attention to the advertisement, lol. These are super easy to make (and cheap!).

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  7. I met Curtis Stone a couple of weeks ago too in Chapel Hill, NC! Isn't he a sweetheart? Even though there was a giant line, he spent time with everyone. The first thing he said to us was "thanks for waiting." I'm even more of a fan now that I've met him.

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    1. He is a dear. I was very fortunate and was sitting at the table which was selected as the first group to meet him so we didn't have to wait in line. He spent so much time with everyone. It was amazing to see him respect his fans.

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  8. I have a total Curtis Crush too. And I love squash with thyme and with maple syrup, so love the idea of putting them together!

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    1. Thanks Brianne! You have to give this recipe a try. It's cheap, easy and delicious.

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  9. OH YUMMY!! I haven't been eating enough squash lately for some reason I have been on a sweet potato kick. This recipe will change that.

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    1. I go on veggie kicks so I completely understand. With all of the squashes in season, it is time to switch over :)

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  10. I heart Squash!! What a great dish! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Ah, memories... ;)

    Would you believe that I've never had acorn squash? I keep meaning to buy it and make it at home but for some reason I haven't!!!

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    1. Yes, memories :)

      No, I don't understand how that is possible. You need to go to the store, pick up some acorn squash and make it! Those are my orders of the day ;)

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  12. I about fainted when I saw the pic of you and Curtis. Oh, and I want that squash!

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    1. Squash, what squash? I didn't know there was anything other than Curtis in this post, lol!

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  13. I think Curtis Stone is very crush-worthy! This squash is perfect for a buffet table, gorgeous with the maple syrup!

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    1. Thanks Paula! I wouldn't have thought to put squash with maple syrup. I was excited for this recipe!

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  14. Yeah I am right there with you on a Curtis Stone crush. And the fact that you met him makes me slightly jealous. I love acorn squash and this looks so simple and delicious.

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    1. LOL Laura. I was lucky that he picked the city next to mine as his only FL location for a cookware demo. Even luckier that our table got to meet him first. He was dreamy!

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  15. Don't even get me started on Curtis Stone. He can talk all day long and I would be in dream world. I loved his show where we would find random people and go cook for them. Great simple dish!

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    1. I agree with you 110%. You should have seen him dancing around the kitchen at the cookware demo we attended. I was in dreamland!

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  16. I love roasted root veggies! The maple syrup must be wonderful with it! Okay, I'm going back to stare at Curtis now. :-)

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  17. Yummy! I need to try this...I'm a huge fan of roasted veggies and maple syrup!

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  18. I would LOVE to meet my fave chef in person and get a photo!! :) this is awesome and he is a hottie! Love the roasted squash!

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