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Kabocha Squash Stir Fry

In December, a really cool regional Thai restaurant called Foreign Correspondents closed after just over a year of business in Houston.

Kabocha Squash Stir Fry // The Pancake Princess

I had mixed feelings about the restaurant. It was one of those places you just want to like because of all the buzz–the interior was awesomely funky with colorful doodles on the wall and low wooden chairs, but the food seemed to be hit or miss. I went there twice: once on a doomed date where, even though he claimed he was “mostly vegetarian,” we ordered the khao soi (and I picked around the chicken to sample the duo of crispy and soupy noodles) and I ate an appropriate amount of food for a date which is to say far less than I would have otherwise consumed.

The second time was when my mom was in town and that was a glory-filled ordering of almost everything I wanted to try. The purple sticky rice was kind of meh and too sweet, the tofu curry was good, the spicy noodles were delicious, but what was really stunning–and what I ordered both times I visited–was the pumpkin stir fry.

Kabocha Squash Stir Fry // The Pancake Princess

Starchy hunks of pumpkin roasted and then sauteed until falling-apart soft and tangled in silky threads of scrambled egg, doused in a savory soy-based sauce. I kept dreaming about until finally a kabocha squash landed in my cart one day and I re-created the recipe the best I could. Guys, I JUST realized what a delicious trio oyster, fish and soy sauce are together. So much more depth than just soy sauce, my typical stir fry crutch. Aside from the roasting of the squash, this stir fry takes about 5 minutes to throw together and I HIGHLY recommend it!

PS. For my Houston readers, Artopia (a super fun party hosted by Houston Press featuring fashion, music, art and food) is this Saturday, 1/28 from 8-11pm! You can check out more about the event here (I went last year and had a blast), and enter for a chance to win a free pair of tickets on my instagram (giveaway ends Thursday at 10 a.m.)!

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Tomato and Squash Gratin

I would really like to just call this a casserole, because I’m not even sure how to pronounce “gratin” in real life (apparently it’s like “gra-ta,” losing the n at the end if you want to be really French), but since I’m writing this post and not making a speech about it, we’ll just go with gratin.

Hi. I hope you had a good weekend.

Yesterday, I had a mini life epiphany and realized I was eating waaaaaaaaay too much cake. Cake, frozen in my freezer or cold from my fridge, slivers of leftover cinnamon brioche, banana quinoa muffins that weren’t quite ready for big-time and peach pie muffins have been flooding my kitchen and making their way into my mouth. I think of myself as a healthy eater, generally, but having cake for half of every meal? Enough is enough.

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