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National Donut Day | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Donuts
Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Soup

I have always wondered what I could contribute to things like National Donut Day or National Cupcake Day. When you’re not really a ‘sweets’ person, it’s challenging to come up with great ideas - especially when things that are my jam - like National Pizza Day - get taken over by the ‘sweets people’ making pizza cookies and pizza cupcakes! It totally steals the thunder of the ‘savory’ girls.

Then my friend Dawn asked me to participate in a National Donut Day hop and I got so excited! Savory girls don’t get invited into hops like this. I jumped at the chance to participate and racked my brain to come up with something that was still a weeknight dinner - but that included donuts.

TA DA!

Find the rest of the donut girls here and follow their projects!

Bakers Party Shop

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Kingston Crafts

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Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Donuts

I took my favorite Shrimp Curry Soup and added a Coconut Curry Donut to dunk in it. These are so good. You really do need the soup with them - they’re a set - and they are amazing together. Especially with the sprinkle of coconut on top.

Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Soup
Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Donuts
Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Donuts

SHRIMP CURRY SOUP

serves 4

STEP 1

Cook red onion, garlic, bell pepper, and lemongrass in a stock pan with 2 tbs olive oil.

 

STEP 2

Add curry paste and stir to coat vegetables.  Pour in stock and coconut milk.

 

STEP 3

Bring to a boil and add shrimp.  Cook until shrimp is pink – about 3 mins.  

 

STEP 4

Immediately scoop out and serve hot with basil, cilantro, and bean sprouts on top. 

6 cups seafood stock

1 stock lemongrass

1 can coconut milk

2 tbs green curry paste

1 red onion, sliced

2 cl garlic, chopped

1 green bell pepper, sliced

2 tbs olive oil

 

¼ cup fresh Basil, chopped

¼ cup fresh Cilantro, chopped

1 cup Bean Sprouts

 

12 ounces raw, deveined shrimp

Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Donuts
Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Soup

The donuts are so great. I ate multiple as I made them and I made multiple batches of them. But then I took them to the baseball game to get rid of the rest of them and the kids thought I’d lost my mind. Turns out Curry Donuts are a hard sell without the soup.

Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Donuts
Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Donuts

COCONUT CURRY DONUTS

makes 12

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

 

In a stand mixer, combine sugar, eggs, oil, and red curry paste.  

 

STEP 2

In a separate bowl, combine curry powder, baking powder, salt, and flour.  

 

STEP 3

Combine together the wet and half of the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  When it’s just mixed, add the milk - carefully – and mix completely.  Add the remaining dry ingredients and combine again.

 

STEP 4

Fill a donut pan with the batter and bake for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Let the donuts cool.

 

STEP 5

When the donuts are cool, combine together powdered sugar and milk then top with grated coconut.  

 

Serve with Shrimp Curry Soup

1 cup sugar

2 tbs canola oil

2 eggs

½ tsp red curry paste

1 ¼ tsp salt

3 ½ tsp baking powder

2 tsp curry powder

 

3 cups flour

1 ½ cups milk

 

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

Ali Hedin | Shrimp Curry Soup + Coconut Curry Donuts


 
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Perfect Picnic Dinner | Soba Noodle Salad
Ali Hedin | Soba Noodle Salad

Every spring I make a salad like this at least once a week. We have three kids on three different baseball teams that each play at least two games a week - sometimes three games a week! It means we don’t eat dinner at home all spring. If we do eat dinner at home, it’s at 4:30pm or at 9pm. None of those options seem great.

A few year ago I started packing a picnic basket with dinner for the family. My Ultimate BLT sandwiches came out of that era - and now another option. We stopped eating bread a few years ago and it can make picnicking really challenging. Most picnic food is sandwiches (because that’s what’s easy) or it’s a “light salad” that doesn’t really hit the spot.

This last year I focused in on creating something that was filling, full of protein, and had enough vegetables to count as “full of vegetables.” This salad has been the perfect solution. I usually make it with the soba noodles but you can swap out rice noodles or just spaghetti if that’s what you have on hand.

Ali Hedin | Soba Noodle Salad
Ali Hedin | Soba Noodle Salad

SOBA NOODLE SALAD

serves 4

STEP 1

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to package instructions

 

STEP 2

Chop the cilantro and green onions and shred the carrot.

 

STEP 3

Drain the noodles – saving some of the water - and reserve them in the strainer.

In the hot pan, combine the tahini, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, sriracha, and ¼ cup of pasta water.  Whisk the sauce then toss the noodles into the pan.  If they appear dry, add more pasta water.

 

STEP 4

Add the vegetables, bean sprouts, and shredded chicken (or tofu) and serve immediately.  

2 bundles soba noodles

¼ cup tahini

2 tbs soy sauce

2 tbs rice vinegar

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 tbs fresh ginger, grated

½ tsp sriracha

1 carrot, shredded

3 green onions, greens & whites chopped

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

1 cup bean sprouts

2 cups shredded chicken

Ali Hedin | Soba Noodle Salad
The Ultimate BLT | Baseball season picnic food
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT

I know I’m not the only one who has three kids on three separate baseball teams who all play all week long. IT makes dinner a real task because the kids have to be at the field around 5pm and don’t get home until 8:30pm. When you feed the kids at 4:30 and then they play for three hours, they are starving again. And Mr. Hedin and I watch from the sidelines starving.

A few seasons ago I discovered that if I make this sandwich at 4pm (make extra bacon and the kids can eat bacon and eggs at 4:30 which they LOVE) and pack it in a picnic basket with a bag of chips and a flask of vodka, we all win.

The great part about this sandwich is that it’s super simple to pull together and tastes AMAZING. It also needs to sit a little bit to really taste the best so making it at 4 is actually a good thing.

Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT

THE ULTIMATE BLT

serves 4

STEP 1

In a medium hot skillet, cook the bacon until crispy.

 

STEP 2

In the blender, whip together the avocado with milk, olive oil, and mayonnaise.  Add herbs and mix one more time.

 

STEP 3

Scoop out the interior of the bread to reveal an open center.  Smear the avocado mixture on both sides of the bread.

 

STEP 4

Layer lettuce on top of the avocado spread.  Top lettuce with tomato, top tomato with 3 strips of bacon.  Repeat the layers starting with lettuce two more times.

 

STEP 5

Smear the remaining avocado spread on the top of the loaf and cap off the sandwich.  Press down with a cutting board and something heavy or just your own pressure for a few minutes.  

 

STEP 6

Slice the loaf and serve.

1 loaf ciabatta bread

12 strips of bacon

6 large tomatoes

1 head butter lettuce

12 slices provolone cheese

 

1 avocados

½ cup mayonnaise

2 tbs milk

2 tbs olive oil

¼ cup basil

1 tbs thyme

Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT

 
 
Tequila Steak | Summer Grilling you will live for
Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak + Chimichurri Couscous

I made this recipe and shot the photos for the app last summer, but I kind of kept it a secret. I don’t know why. Possibly it’s because my girlfriend makes an amazing chimichurri that takes her forever and requires a ridiculous amount of chopping. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been eating this chimichurrri on everything and didn’t want to share.

Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak + Chimichurri Couscous
Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak + Chimichurri Couscous

Finally, I decided it was time. Time to share. Time to show you the simplest chimichurri sauce that’s totally a cheater chimichurri. Chimichurri is a an Argentinian Pesto that’s made with herbs and garlic. Everywhere I look on the internets there is a different recipe, a different way to make it, and a different combination of herbs. It always starts with parsley and includes garlic - but I love cilantro and a sauce always seems naked without cilantro. And you can’t make something like this without a little kick! Garlic is great, but how about jalapeño? I only added half in the recipe but I’ve been known to throw the whole thing in. Feeling fancy? Roast the jalapeño first! You really can’t screw up this chimichirri. It’s delightfully simple and delightfully delicious.

Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak

TEQUILA STEAK + CHIMICHURRI COUSCOUS

serves 4

STEP 1

Preheat broiler to 500 degrees and bring 1 ¼ cup water to a boil. 

 

In a zip top bag, pour tequila, two cloves of garlic, and season with salt and pepper.  Score the top of a steak with a knife to create a grid pattern.  Add the steak to the bag and let sit about 10 minutes. 

 

STEP 2

Toss cilantro, parsley, remaining garlic, green onion, lime juice, olive oil, vinegar, and jalapeno in a blender to make the chimichurri.  Blend until smooth.  If it won’t smooth out, add more olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time.

 

STEP 3

When water boils, add couscous, stirring occasionally. 

 

Place the marinated steak on a lined baking sheet and pop in the oven.  Cook about 5 minutes on each side until a thermometer reads 160 internal. Remove from the oven.  Let rest about 10 minutes before slicing.  

 

STEP 4

When the couscous has absorbed most of the liquid, remove from the heat (takes about 3 minutes).  Stir half of the chimichurri into the couscous.  Place the steak on top of the couscous and top with remaining sauce.  

 

 

1.5 lb flank steak

¼ cup tequila

5 cloves garlic

1 cup cilantro

1 cup parsley

½ cup green onion

2 tbs lime juice

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

½ jalapeno

1 cup Israeli couscous

Salt & pepper

Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak

What’s your favorite thing to grill? Have you made a chimichurri before? What do you like in yours? Let me know what you use and when you try mine, please let me know!

Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak + Chimichurri Couscous
 
 
 

Spring Carbonara | Decadent & Delicious in 15 minutes
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When I decided that a carbonara would be delicious, I forgot just how much I adore carbonara. It’s rich and silky and utterly decadent. The addition of leeks and peas added a spring touch, but also cut down the richness a bit. It was so delish when I made it for this shoot I ended up eating most of it straight out of the pan. OMG - amazing.

You could probably add different vegetables to this depending on the time of year. I certainly didn’t think ahead to swim suit season with the timing of this recipe. Let’s just say, you should stick to salads for lunch if this is on the menu for dinner. But you only live once, so let’s eat well while we’re here.

Ali Hedin | Spring Carbonara
Ali Hedin | Spring Carbonara
Ali Hedin | Spring Carbonara

SPRING CARBONARA

serves 4

STEP 1

Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Cook the spaghetti until al dente.  Drain and reserve at least 1 cup pasta water. Chop leeks and pancetta

STEP 2

Cook together pancetta and leeks until softened.

 

STEP 3

Whisk eggs, egg yolks & parmesan cheese together.  Slowly whisk in ¼ cup pasta water to warm up the eggs but whisk fast enough that the eggs don’t cook.  

 

STEP 4

Toss cooked pasta with pancetta and blend in egg mixture.  Whisk constantly off the heat to coat the pasta entirely.  If the pasta seems dry, add more pasta water.  

 

STEP 5

Toss in peas and parsley and serve with extra parmesan cheese.  

 

2 eggs

3 egg yolks

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 leek, whites sliced

2 oz pancetta

1 cup peas

¼ cup chopped parsley

½ lb spaghetti

Ali Hedin | Spring Carbonara
Greens, Eggs, & Ham | Sheet Pan Easter Dinner in 20 minutes
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner

Easter is right around the corner! It’s late this year which means we’ve had extra time to plan for Easter. Did you use the extra time? I did not. I totally forgot until just recently. In case you forgot too, I came up with the simplest Easter dinner that has ever been an Easter dinner. Why? You ask? Why is this the easiest Easter dinner in the history of Easter dinners? It cooks on one sheet pan in the oven for about 20 minutes. DONE.

It leaves you plenty of time to egg hunt or go to church or do what ever else you like to do at Easter. Sleep in if you want. You’ll still get an epic Easter dinner on the table - or make it brunch. You do you.

Just don’t forget the cocktail. Scroll to the bottom for this epic cucumber drink you won’t want to miss out on.

Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner

WATCH HOW IT’S MADE!

Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Greens, Eggs, & Ham
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner

GREENS, EGGS, & HAM

serves 4

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

 

Chop vegetables and toss with 2 tbs olive oil.  Spread out vegetables on a cookie sheet.  Slice the ham into one-inch slices and brush one side with 1 tbs peach jam.  Snuggle the ham into the veggies and pop into the oven. Let roast for 15 minutes. 

    

STEP 2

Mix vegetable dressing by combining balsamic, remaining olive oil, mustard and remaining peach jam in a jar.  Shake well and set aside. 

 

STEP 3

Remove sheet pan from the oven and make 4 small wells.  Crack and egg into each well and sprinkle tomatoes on top of everything.  Return the pan to the oven and cook about 5 minutes until the eggs are set.  

 

STEP 4

When everything is cooked, dress the vegetables and serve everything together.  

1 lb ham

1 bunch asparagus

2 cups green beans

1 summer squash, chopped

1/3 cup peach jam

¼ cup olive oil

4 eggs

1 cup cherry tomatoes

2 tbs balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

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Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner + Cucumber Spritz

CUCUMBER SPRITZ

serves 4

2 cucumbers, peeled

8 ounces vodka

club soda

1 cucumber for garnish

In a blender, puree the cucumbers until smooth. Press the puree through cheese cloth until all that remains is a smooth liquid.

In a glass filled with ice, mix 2 ounces cucumber water with 2 ounces vodka. Top with club soda and garnish with a cucumber wheel.


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Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner
Ali Hedin | Spring Easter Dinner

Spring Minestrone Soup | 20 minutes to a fresh spring dinner
Ali Hedin | Spring Minestrone Soup

When I was a kid, we ate minestrone soup at every family gathering because my aunt made it for every birthday party. She made that and spinach dip. The spinach dip that’s made from frozen spinach and vegetable soup mix. I just made it for St. Patrick’s Day and it was as epic as I remembered as a child.

I’ve made the minestrone in my book - the real original minestrone that my aunt used to make. And I made a version with winter vegetables in the app and you can find the recipe here.

This version is for spring. It’s a celebration of everything at the farmer’s market right now. A celebration of everything that arrives in the CSA box this week. It’s perfect for those spring nights that are a little cool but you’re still looking forward to summer.

Ali Hedin | Spring Minestrone Soup
Ali Hedin | Spring Minestrone Soup

The brilliant part of this soup is that it cooks in literally 20 minutes. Once the veggies are softened and a little crispy, it takes a few minutes to bring to a boil, then the tiny little orzo pasta cooks in minutes. Like three. Literally, it cooks so fast.

Ali Hedin | Spring Minestrone Soup

SPRING MINESTRONE SOUP

serves 4

STEP 1

Chop all vegetables into basically bite sized pieces and cook in a stock pot with olive oil until a little brown on the edges.  Season with salt.  

 

STEP 2

Pour in garbanzo beans and stock and bring to a boil.  Season with oregano and basil.  

 

STEP 3

Add asparagus and pasta to the pot and cook 3 minutes until the pasta is done.  Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

 

STEP 4

Serve with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

1 zucchini, about 1 cup chopped

1 fennel bulb, sliced

1 leek, whites sliced thin

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 bunch asparagus

2 cups green beans, chopped

2 tbs olive oil

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 can garbanzo beans

4 cups vegetable stock

1 cup orzo

2 tbs fresh basil

¼ cup parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper

Ali Hedin | Spring Minestrone Soup
Family Valentine Game Night + Heartthrob Pasta Recipe
Ali Hedin | Family Valentine's Game Night Dinner

There is not only one good way to spend Valentine’s Day but I think this is the best way - with your family at home. This is the best way for loads of reasons: 1. Going out for Valentine’s Day is expensive. 2. Most restaurants have a prix fix menu, servers that are grumpy, and are overly busy. 3. Your kids will feel super special if you spend this day with them instead of out on a date. 4. You can go out on a date tomorrow night when everything is back to normal and you can get a seat at a restaurant.

For our family game night I made a fun dinner everyone will eat - but also made it a little bit cheeky and really leaned into the ‘valentine’ theme. Kids love it. And, let’s be honest, I love it too.

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Ali Hedin | Family Valentine's Game Night Dinner

Our family’s new favorite game is this hilarious combination of pictionary and being blindfolded - it’s called Googly Eyes. It is hilarious! You roll to land on what color glasses you’ll wear while you attempt to draw something as simple as popcorn. The glasses make it surprisingly challenging. Unless you are Pearl and I - we are a dream team.

Ali Hedin | Family Valentine's Game Night Dinner
Ali Hedin | Family Valentine's Game Night Dinner

HEARTTHROB PASTA

serves 4

STEP 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Slice the beets in half and add them to the water as it begins to boil.  When the water has come to a boil, add the pasta.

 

STEP 2

When the pasta is nearly cooked, turn the heat off and let rest for 30 minutes.  

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

 

STEP 3

Unroll the package of crescent dough and press together all of the seams.  Slice the dough into strips.  Twist the dough and form it into a heart.  

 

Bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

 

STEP 4

Heat a skillet with the olive oil.  Cook the peppers, onion, and garlic over medium heat until softened. Remove the beets from the pasta, remove the skin with a paper towel (by rubbing it off), chop them and add them to the skillet.

 

STEP 5

Drain the pasta – reserving at least one cup of pasta water – and toss the pasta with the peppers.  Add the pasta water and toss until a sauce has formed.  Remove from heat and sprinkle parmesan on top.  

          

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1 sweet onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tbs olive oil

2 beets

½ lb pasta

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 package crescent dough

Ali Hedin | Family Valentine's Game Night Dinner
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Ali Hedin | Family Valentine's Game Night Dinner

CUPID SPRITZ

1 ounce pomegranate juice

1 ounce vodka

DRY Sparkling Lavender

In a glass filled with ice, layer vodka and pomegranate juice. Top with DRY Sparkling and serve! For those without booze, just skip the vodka and don’t forget to garnish with a cherry.


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Pumpkin Recipe Palooza
Ali Hedin | Pumpkin Palooza

Want to know a secret? I think Pumpkin Spice is the worst thing to ever happen to pumpkin. I know that’s highly controversial. But here’s the truth. Pumpkin Spice doesn’t have one thing to do with an actual pumpkin. It’s clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. THAT’S IT! Poor pumpkin has taken a bad wrap for this awful flavor combo that’s literally everywhere this month.

Real pumpkin, actual pumpkin, the squash that grows in the ground is delicious. It’s sweet, packed with vitamins, and really really good for you. The dreadful people who brought you the pumpkin pie have made it even easier (we’ll give them a pass) to integrate pumpkin into every day by pureeing it for you. Just don’t buy “Pumpkin Pie Filling” - they’ve already added the ‘Pumpkin Spice’ to that and you DO NOT want that on your pasta. Trust.

Pumpkin is such a perfect seasonal choice for dinner. It’s readily available, healthy, and gets you in a fall spirit like crunching through leaves on a sunny day. Only at dinner. Preferably with a cocktail in your hand. Here are my three favorite pumpkin dinners (one is squash, but you can sub in pumpkin, so close enough) PLUS a few bonus recipes at the bottom. The Crinkle Cookies are dreamy so don’t skip those!

All of these recipes are available on the Weeknight Society app so don’t forget to download! When you get the app you also get step-by-step instructions, a grocery shopping list, AND menu planning tools. You seriously can’t live without it.

Ridiculously simple Pumpkin Pasta

Ridiculously simple Pumpkin Pasta

PUMPKIN PASTA

serves 4

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a pot of water to a boil.

 

Whisk together butter, honey and cayenne.  Toss pecans in melted butter mixture and lay out on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with salt.  Pop in the oven and bake 15 minutes until toasted.  

 

STEP 2

Whisk together pumpkin, yogurt, ½ cup parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

 

STEP 3

Cook pasta in boiling water. Reserve one cup of cooking water when straining cooked noodles.

 

STEP 4

Stir together pasta and pumpkin sauce. Slowly add pasta water as needed to thin out the pasta sauce. Sprinkle pecans and extra parmesan cheese over the top.

 

1 lb pasta

½ cup pumpkin puree

½ cup plain greek yogurt

¾ cup parmesan cheese

1 cup pecans

4 tbs butter, melted

1 tbs honey

½ tsp cayenne pepper

Pumpkin Soup that tastes like fall

Pumpkin Soup that tastes like fall

PUMPKIN SOUP

serves 4

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss pumpkin with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast on a baking sheet 15-20 minutes until fork tender.

 

STEP 2

In a soup pot, melt 2 tbs butter.  Add onion, garlic and sage and cook until onion is tender. Remove sage from the pan.

 

STEP 3

Pour in broth and bring to a boil.  Drop roasted pumpkin into the soup and blend with an immersion blender.

 

STEP 4

In a small bowl whisk together cream and egg yolks.  Slowly pour in ½ cup of the hot soup to the bowl whisking constantly.  Pour cream mixture into the soup pot and whisk in. Cook 10 minutes until thickened.

 

3 ½ lbs sugar pumpkin, cut into cubes

2 tbs olive oil

salt

2 tbs butter

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic

2 sprigs sage

8 cups vegetable stock

1 cup heavy cream 

2 egg yolks

salt & pepper

Roasted Squash Pasta can be made with butternut squash or sugar pumpkin

Roasted Squash Pasta can be made with butternut squash or sugar pumpkin

ROASTED SQUASH PASTA

serves 4

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 450 and bring a pot of water to a boil. Toss squash in oil with thyme and roast in the oven until tender.  (20 mins)

 

STEP 2

Cook pasta and drain reserving ½ cup pasta water.

 

STEP 3

Whisk together ricotta, vinegar, S&P

 

STEP 4

Toss pasta with ricotta and add pasta water 1 tbs at a time until pasta does not seem dry.  You will probably not need the whole ½ cup.  Serve with roasted squash and extra thyme on top.

1 lb pasta

2 cups butternut squash, chopped

2 tbs olive oil

1 cup fresh ricotta

1 tbs cider vinegar

4 sprigs fresh thyme

salt & pepper



More pumpkin for your kitchen!

National Cheese Burger Day | Bloody Mary Burger
Ali Hedin | Bloody Mary Burger

Today is National Cheeseburger Day! I have some obsessions with burgers. Good ones. I’ve loaded quite a few onto my app - Weeknight Society - that are easy to cook and total crowd pleasers. If I hadn’t eaten my weight in burgers this summer, I might be slightly more excited for burgers.

Ali Hedin | Bloody Mary Burger

But then there’s the Bloody Mary Burger. This is one burger that I haven’t eaten too many burgers to still eat. I love this burger. You will love this burger. Especially if you are going to a football game this weekend - serve this burger with a Bloody Mary on the side and you’ll be the hit of the party!

Ali Hedin | Bloody Mary Burger

Bloody Mary Burger

serves 4

STEP 1

Combine the meat with the spices and mix it all together.

 

STEP 2

Form into four even sized patties and grill until cooked through.

 

STEP 3

Mix together mayo, horseradish and tabasco in a bowl. 

 

STEP 4

Smear bottom of bun with mayonnaise. Top with cooked patty.  Then cheese, pickles, asparagus, lettuce, bacon, and celery sticks.  Add a little more sauce to the top and then the top bun.  

           

 

2 lb ground beef

2 tbs worchestershire sauce

2 tbs ground celery seed

1 tbs paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tbs pepper

1 tbs ground mustard

2 tsp tabasco sauce

2 cloves grated garlic

 

2 pickles, sliced

12 spears Pickled asparagus

2 stalks Celery sticks, sliced thin

1 head Iceburg lettuce

4 strips cooked Bacon

4 slices Swiss cheese

 

¼ cup Mayonnaise

1 tsp Horseradish 

4 shakes Tabasco sauce

Ali Hedin | Bloody Mary Burger
Ali Hedin | Bloody Mary Burger