Lia Pretorius, director of operations for City Weekly’s sister companies Avenews/Kostizi, is happy to share a squash recipe. She says, “I eat in a lot, so I don’t have a fabulous around-town tidbit to share, but here’s a recent quick concoction from my kitchen that went into the ‘keepers’ file.
First, cut a butternut squash lengthwise into quarters. Then, steam and remove skin from the squash. Next, puree the squash in a blender or food processor. In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté some minced shallots in olive oil for a couple of minutes. Add the pureed squash and thin to the consistency of a sauce with chicken or veggie stock (you can also substitute half of the stock with skim milk or cream). Add 2 teaspoons of tahini to sauce. Toss with cooked, whole-grain pasta, a green veggie and/or cooked chicken. Season the squash mixture with salt and white pepper, to taste. Garnish with sesame seeds. Yum!
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