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Don’t feel obligated to make this unless it looks good to ya! I’ll get the draft started later on and if you like, add your results sometime this month. Enjoy!

Recipe from Rachael Ray’s Everyday Magazine, October 2010

1 pound penne rigate pasta
6 slices bacon
2 T olive oil
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
3 cups baby spinach
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 T parsley
salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1) In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta for 7 minutes (the pasta will only be partially cooked). Drain, reserving 2 1/2 cups fo the cooking water.
2)Meanwhile, in an extra-large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain the bacon and then crumble in once it’s cool enough to handle. Discard all but 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the pan.
3) Add the olive oil and squash to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the pasta and 2 cups of the reserved cooking water. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until the pasta and squash are cooked, about 5 minutes, adding additional pasta cooking water if needed.
4) Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach, garlic, and parsley. Season generously with salt and pepper; sprinkle with the cheese and crumbled bacon.

Serves 4.

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I just had a really random, fun idea. What if, once a month, one of us chooses a recipe and posts it and then we all make it and report back with our results and pictures? Wouldn’t it be grand to see all of our variations on one particular recipe?

Here’s how it would work. Let me know if you have a better way to make this flow.

On the first of the month, someone posts a recipe that they’ve never made before. (Try to keep it relatively cheap. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not spend my savings on octopus or truffles.) Then, over the next couple of weeks, we all make it, photograph it, and report back here with our results, variations, pictures, ideas, etc. To make it run smoothly, I think the original recipe should have it’s own post and then all of our results, we can lump together in one post. So whoever makes it first will start a draft and we can each add our own findings when we get a chance. On the last day of the month, we will then publish it for the world to view…since the world is watching, and all!

So, who wants to join me on some Cookin’ Adventures? I’ll kick it off on November 1st!