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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Acorn Squash and Sausage Bake

The holiday gift giving season is in full swing and I'm sure you're out there, trying to think of what to get that special someone.  Or perhaps you don't know what your sister-in-law could possibly need?  Maybe you've got a boss who has everything?  I thought I'd toss out a few ideas for fun (and sometimes totally useless) gift ideas for everyone.

How about an updated locket necklace from Kate Spade.  What girl wouldn't love to wear this around their neck?  You can fill it with pictures of their kiddos, puppies, kitties or special someone.
A little tough, a little sweet, this cuff is just the statement piece your best friend has been looking for!  Check it out at Wanderlust and Co.

You don't have to be a New Yorker to love this NYC subway map iPhone case!  Personally, I want it so that I don't have to keep opening up my app when I need to know where to transfer!  The NYC Transit Museum has a ton of fun transit related gifts, for city dwellers and suburbanites alike!
Do you know someone who always has a dead phone?  This handy (and adorable) gadget will charge your phone away from home.  Check out this (and a ton of other fun things) at Uncommon Goods!

Apparently featured in Oprahs magazine, I think any foodie worth their salt (HA!) would love this collection of gourmet salts.  If anything, they are super pretty and would make a great piece for their kitchen counter.  Find this set, or a smaller set of four, at The Spice Lab.

If you are all out of ideas, then you can always resort to making your friend, family member or coworker and nice homemade meal.  I suggest the following...

It's a simple, one baking sheet meal.  Perfect for days you just want to throw together a meal.  Acorn squash is the perfect gourd to go with because it doesn't require peeling.  Just de-seed and slice the squash and it's ready to go in the oven!  Sweetened up with some red onion and dried cherries, this meal will make a great dinner gift for anyone.

Or just head to, I want to buy everything I see on that website.  It's totally unhealthy.

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Acorn Squash and Sausage Bake
Adapted from Everyday Food

1 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 red onion, cut into small wedges
2 tbsp Grapeseed oil
4 sweet Italian sausages
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
1 tbsp fresh sage
1/4 cup dried cherries

Preheat oven to 475 F.

On a sheet pan, toss acorn squash and red onion with grapeseed oil.  Arrange in a single layer and season with salt and pepper.  Add sausages to the sheet pan and roast for 15 to 18 minutes, until squash is fork tender.

Remove sheet pan from the oven and sprinkle asiago cheese over the entire pan.  Return to the oven for 5 more minutes, or until the cheese is melty.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sage and dried cherries.
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