But what IS new and exciting is "CHUCK," Monday nights at 8pm EST. Starring Zach Levi, Aussie Yvonne Strahovski and seasoned actor, Adam Baldwin, the show, now in its fourth season, has started with a bang, so to speak. Stuff tends to blow up around spies...just part of the job. The show is sweet and funny, and is worth your time. For "CHUCK," I think some equally sweet and uplifting Hot Mulled Cider is called for. When you drink it, it makes you giggle...warming you up on the inside.
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
What you'll need:
-Cut 1 large or 2 small butternut squash into 1.5 inch cubes (or, buy the pre-cut vegetables from your supermarket). Put on lined baking sheet in a single layer. Lightly toss with olive oil, a teaspoon of sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, and poultry seasoning for flavor and to help prevent sticking. Cook for 13-15 minutes on middle rack at 375-degrees, taking out to turn over squash once after the first 6-7 minutes. When roasting is complete, take out of oven and let rest.
-1 bag of argula
-1 bag of baby spinach
-shredded parmagianno-regianno cheese
-fresh ground black pepper
-wedges of 1-2 small macintosh apples lightly tossed in lemon juice (to prevent browning)
On large platter or in large serving bowl, mix half the bag of baby spinch and half the bag of argula. Toss with roasted butternut squash. Feel free to drizzle excess olive oil in. Add 1/2 cup of shredded parmaggiano reggiano, reserving another 1/2 cup for garnish. Add two tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar (or to taste). And toss all together. Sprinkle top of salad with reserved cheese and arrange apple-wedges in whatever design you wish. Et voila! You have a very tasty salad designed by a person who, though vegetarian, is not necessarily a fan of green-leafy things. The argula has a nice spiciness to it and the spinach is heartier and the room-temp squash makes this salad taste more like a cooked meal than a cold, lifeless salad. The apples make a nice fall-flavor combination with the squash...perfect for all your fall TV pilots. You can feed 2-4 people for a healthy snack/light meal...saving the leftovers for lunch the next day. We LOVE multi-tasking foods, and, new fall shows!
Hot Mulled Cider
What you'll need:
-8-9 cups apple cider
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-8 orange slices (with peel) studded whole cloves (as a garnish and only if desired)
-1/2 cup of good Kentucky Bourbon
Add cider, cinnamon stick and brown sugar to saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cover, letting the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes. Let sit for five minutes to stop cooking. Add bourbon. Serve immediately in mugs, garnishing with orange slices as desired. To make this non-alcoholic, simply disinclude the bourbon. Sweet, fun, and it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside...a lot like watching the delight Chuck Bartowski on this season's "CHUCK." Enjoy!
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