Braised Kabocha Squash + a New Home

October 4, 2013

What a week it’s been. Feels like forever since I last posted. On Wednesday we moved into our new place. The last few days have been spent unloading boxes, rearranging furniture and lugging things to the basement. That’s right, we have a basement, my first one ever! The house is starting to feel like home. I even celebrated having a fully functioning kitchen by making some braised kabocha squash. You read that right, a recipe, finally! However, before that, here are a few work in progress pictures of the house.

Our new place is smaller than our Boston apartment but there are several things I like a lot better. For one it’s a free-standing house, which I haven’t lived in since I was in college (oh haunted 6th and Salem house!). Plus, we have east and west facing windows. I didn’t realize what a difference that makes, the house is flooded with light almost all day.

Here is a shot of the kitchen. Much more cabinet space and a gas stove, thank

We have a little landing before you reach the basement stairs. It’s the perfect spot for doggie dishes.

kitchen nook

One of the two tiny bedrooms with equally tiny closets.bedroom

The dining room, complete with a new table that we found on Craigslist. It was such a steal, I absolutely love how big it is compared to our other one and it fits the space really well.dining room

Living room. I love the little windows. We have some work to do in here. We’re going to take out the chaise portion of the couch and buy something to put the TV on and a coffee table. living room

That’s it so far. We also have a little front porch and a backyard. Excited to take pictures in natural light.

Last night, to celebrate opening the last of the boxes I made braised kabocha squash. I’ve never braised anything before. For those of you that haven’t either here is the definition:

to braise: a combination cooking method using both moist and dry heat; typically the food is first seared at a high temperature and then finished in a covered pot with a variable amount of liquid, resulting in a particular flavor. (thank you wikipedia).

Adapted from Saveur.

Also, I’ve added a new feature to my blog which makes the recipe instructions a little easier to follow and print and save if you do that type of thing. Let me know how it works for you and if you’d like to see something different.

braised kabocha squash


That’s about it from here. Happy to finally have the internet, a kitchen and a fully stocked fridge again. More recipes to celebrate fall next week and a race recap from the Hot Chocolate 15k I decided to run last minute.

Happy weekend.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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  • Reply Tamara October 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Good luck on your run this weekend! Melissa, Dana and I will be running Sunday in the Urban Cow. I’ll be thinking of you! Smooches and love the new house. So cute!

    • Reply Lisa October 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I’m running on Sunday as well. I’ll be thinking of you guys too! Come visit me soon and we’ll run a race together.

  • Reply Kathy October 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Good luck on your run this weekend. You will like the Hot Chocolate run and the after party was great in Phoenix..

    • Reply Lisa October 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks Kathy! I’m looking forward to it.

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