Acorn Squash and Northfield Pizza Barn

Organic acorn squash was on sale at the grocery store last week, so I bought three big ones. Squash doesn’t really go bad, right? Not that its shelf life ended up being an issue anyway…I’ve been eating squash at almost every meal since it is soooo delicious.

Cooking it in the oven is a breeze. All you need to do is preheat your oven to 400°, chop the squash in half, remove the seeds, and bake (cut side down) for about 30 minutes. The fun part comes after the squash cooks when you can get creative with fillings! One of my favorite combos so far is chopped tomato, fresh basil, and shredded mozzarella:

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Broil for 3-5 minutes until the cheese melts:

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Voila! Delicious caprese-stuffed acorn squash:

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In other news…Noah and I visited the Northfield Pizza Barn. The Pizza Barn is located at the Red Barn Farm of Northfield, and they serve up fresh wood-fired pizzas every Wednesday night and the third Sunday of each month throughout the summer. It’s a simple production – all they give you is your pizza and a box – so bring your own plates, chairs or blanket, drinks, etc.

When you get to the farm, you’ll see satisfied pizza-eaters sprawled throughout the farm:

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Pizzas are made using pesticide-free produce and products grown right at Red Barn Farm! There are about 9 pizza options to choose from:

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We selected the veggie – it comes with tomatoes, onions, roasted garlic, olives, peppers, and mushrooms. Since Pizza Barn is so good, it will most likely be crowded and you’ll need to kill some time while waiting for your pizza. We had about 20 minutes of waiting time, so we checked out the animals:

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and the ‘general store:’

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By the time our pizza was finished we were pretty hungry, so I didn’t mange to snap a pic until the box looked like this:

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woops. 🙂

The pizza was good, but I would say the real treat of the evening was the environment. It was really fun to sit out on the farm lawn with so many other folks, enjoying gorgeous weather and pizza. Northfield is only about a 45 minute drive south from the Twin Cities, so if you’re in the area it’s worth it for a nice weeknight getaway.

All smiles after pizza feast:

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Let there be LIGHT

The Twin Cities faced some major storms this week. Big rain, big winds, big wreckage, big time power outage. Yup…over 500,000 people without power. I’m going on 3 days now…and I’m not holding my breath. But, I am getting creative with solutions:

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Plus, it could be worse. This could be my car:

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Or I could have been hiding behind this tree:

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So what does one do when there’s no electricity? Well, in my case, I find a boyfriend who has power (thanks, boo). But, more seriously, maximize the daylight! How? Easy: food and fun.

Today, food manifest itself in the Finnish Bistro in the Como neighborhood.

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This adorable bistro is connected to a Dunn Brothers, but it has its own unique menu and bakery display case.

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The menu was chock full of sandwiches, salads, soup, and breakfast dishes. We ordered a caprese sandwich and a yogurt parfait:

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Both were delicious! The sandwich came with ample amounts of pesto, and the yogurt parfait included a generous portion of berries.

With food out of the way…time to move onto fun! This included a bike ride into downtown St Paul ending at the Science Museum.

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During the warmer months, the Science Museum includes an outdoor mini-golf course. After my mini-golfing adventure at the Walker, I’ve been quite keen on the sport. The course at the Science Museum is part of an outdoor garden:

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super.cool.

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Each hole provides visual and written information about how moving water impacts the landscapes it travels through:

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There was even a small garden of strawberries along the course!

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We were there right before closing, so we didn’t look through the actual museum at all, but I am looking forward to going back soon to see the museum’s inside!