Yesterday I needed some home comfort.
I took an exam last night that just threw me off. I can’t even tell you how, but it just got me into a funk. I’m not usually like this and felt prepared going in so this was a weird situation.
I came home and baked my brains out making a version of these. So delicious and even though I didn’t have powdered sugar, I just made a brown butter glaze for the cookies (Oh my goodness, brown butter is SOOO amazing). And I might have consumed a small handful.
But that’s not the best part of last night.
This is: Acorn Squash
This weekend I saw some acorn squash at the grocery store and picked one up. My favorite way to eat them is baked with a little butter and brown sugar in the middle. It’s still healthy and just a little sweet and luscious.
A little while later, it occurred to me that this was one of my comfort foods. The first time I had an acorn squash was cooked like this, my freshman year of college. I was home on fall break and having a touch time adjusting to school. Being 5 hours away was tougher than I thought and while I managed, it was just so comforting to be home.
That cool October night, my mom pulled out some acorn squash, and when I gave her a strange look, she explained what she was going to do. The way I remember it, she acted as though she’d done this plenty of times before but honestly this was the first time I ate this deliciousness.
Just cut your acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds and bake cut side down a baking sheet for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Take them out, flip them over, and put a pat of butter and sprinkle some brown sugar in the middle. Bake for an additional 30 minutes and enjoy!
Back to last night: Looking back at my little evening treat made me smile and realize that something so small can provide so much comfort.
That and ten cookies. 😉
So question time: What’s your comfort?