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One-pot cooking

I don’t often do one-pot cooking. But, when I do, I wonder why I don’t do more one-pot cooking. I have a certain bias, I suppose, toward at least three things on the plate and lots of dirty dishes.

Earlier today I came across this recipe at the Washington Post. I went downstairs and made it immediately. It’s another way for me to use the little pumpkins I grow each year. I’ve written about these pumpkins many times in the past, for example, here. Their proper name is Long Island Cheese Squash. Not only are they the best pumpkins I’ve ever had, they keep all winter and then some. I save seeds for next year’s crop. Anyone who sees my little pumpkins asks for seeds, and now many of my neighbors grow them. They’re bound to be very nutritious. They’re rich with pumpkin oil, as you will see if you roast them. You can order seeds from Baker Creek, if they haven’t run out. The demand for seeds has been so high that Baker Creek stopped taking orders for a while in January to catch up on shipping.

As always with recipes, substitute, substitute, substitute. I used pinto beans instead of black beans, and brown rice instead of white rice. I didn’t have a ripe avocado for garnish. But undersalting the pot a bit and applying soy sauce and sour cream at the table worked great. Next time I make this, I think I’ll use pearled barley instead of rice.

I’ve written in the past about how good the Washington Post’s food department has become, good enough to rival the New York Times’ food department. The link to the recipe may be behind a paywall if you’ve used up your ration of free articles for the month. But, even if you subscribe to only one newspaper, the Washington Post would be a good choice.

The temperature at noon today was 45F, and, yes, I had lunch on the deck.


  1. Jo wrote:

    This looks very appetizing, as well as being nutritious. Pumpkin is quite versatile as can be used for sweet and savory dishes. Most of us are staying in these days and trying new ways of cooking make this time better. I always enjoy seeing the pictures of your various dishes.

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Jo… Pumpkins are magical. It’s not surprising that they turn up in fairy tales. It’s sad, though, that young people these days think that pumpkins are those shapeless bright orange things that can’t be eaten. Real pumpkins are pink, segmented, and delicious. 🙂

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 4:00 pm | Permalink
  3. Amy wrote:

    Yes, The Washington Post would be a great choice! 😉 Thanks, David.

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

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