There is a certain decadent pleasure in enjoying something for which no one else in the household cares. There is no guilt in stashing very dark chocolate when you know that no one wants to share it with you anyway.
The same holds true for my love affair with Delicata Squash. I don't ever have to worry about going to the fridge and finding the squash inexplicably missing. And even when the cooking aromas from the skillet are making my mouth water, there is never anyone else hovering over my shoulder and pestering me about when it will be done.
While Delicatas can be obtained year round, there is nothing like getting it fresh and in season. And it is beautiful too.
Here is my favorite recipe:
1 small Delicata squash
1 1/2 T butter
1/2 t. sage
1/4 t. rosemary
1/2 c water
3/4 c apple cider
1 T. red wine
salt and pepper to taste, optional (I omit these)
Peel, halve, seed and cube squash (I didn't peel mine for the photo). Melt butter in skillet and add seasonings. Add squash and liquid to skillet. Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes, or until squash is tender and liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.