Because Jamie Oliver Told Me To…Butternut Squash Muffins with Frosty Tops

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Butternut squash muffins?  Does it sound weird to you?  I guess not terribly weird when you consider things like carrot cake and pumpkin cookies and zucchini bread, but then Jamie Oliver goes and puts this zingy-sweetly tart topping on them, and what you’ve really got is butternut squash cupcakes, and that does sound weird.  Right?

But if the idea of these muffins slash cupcakes even vaguely appeals to you, then I suggest you do yourself a favor and get thee to a food processor.  Why?  Because not only are they super easy to make and filled with healthy no-need-to-feel-guilty stuff, but they also go over like gangbusters with children, co-workers and full-grown veggie-hating husbands alike. To put it simply: they are totally yummy.  Kind of like Jamie Oliver.

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You Say Potato, I Say Roasted Vegetable Soup with Chipotle-Maple Creme Fraiche and Walnuts

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Its really pretty adorable how clueless my husband can be sometimes.

Not the dumb kind of clueless, mind you. Without his smarts I am pretty sure that I’d have no idea who the current republican presidential candidates are, would never have known that the best way to stop coughing is to raise your hands high up in the air (try it!), and would have gone on thinking that FDR was best known for being a principal character in the musical Annie.

No, I am referring more to the “lost in his own little world” kind of clueless. Its a happy world – a world filled with Eagles football, pin-up girl tattoos, bootlegs of Van Halen concerts from 1978 and Guitar Center color catalogs. I am pretty sure that Penelope Cruz sometimes makes surprise appearances there too.

My husband was in that little world yesterday when he sought me out in the kitchen to tell me about his latest bootleg booty. Walking in unexpectedly, he (I thought) caught me red-handed while I was roasting a giant pan of vegetables that contained just about everything except sweet potato, thereby thwarting my plan to tell him we were about to have sweet potato soup for dinner (one of the only vegetables he will willingly eat.) My husband looked at the pan of veggies, barely blinked an eye, and then told me excitedly about the U2 Joshua Tree concert he had just discovered. Like a skilled card shark, I went on preparing the Not Sweet Potato Soup right before his eyes.

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