Sometimes when I want to cook, the best thing is for me to browse the market and get inspired by whatever happens to jump out to me. It's actually a bit difficult for me, here in the US to become inspired by the foods in the markets, because it all is rather bland. Even the fruits and veggies (organic even) don't usually appeal to me. I'm spoiled by the freshness of Italian open air markets, where local farmers lay out their produce picked that weekend. I'm learning contentment though, and finding ways to make the less-fresh foods here still taste good.
In this case, the suggestion of the butternut squash came from my wife. In Italy we don't have butternut squash, and I have to admit it was kind of phenomenal. It has an earthy, yet sweet tone, which blends well with salty cured meats, and warm creams. It was certainly an experiment to use this in a recipe, but this is where my passion for invention comes in. As long as I can see the basic idea of a food, it's fairly certain I'll be able to make something with it. In this case, I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of results, but I was extraordinarily pleased with the flavors and consistency.
If you're looking for a hearty, warm, unique, and actually fairly simple recipe that will both impress both your spouse and your taste buds, look no further!
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Ciao amici! Welcome to my home and my table. I love inventing new recipes and can't wait to see what we can cook up together!