Life in New England: Winter Squash Biscuits

by simplylife on October 21, 2011

I’ve lived in 5 different states in the U.S.  These have included the west coast, east coast, and mid-west.  While the many moves and miles trekked miles have often been exhausting they’ve taught me things about this country that I otherwise would have never known or appreciated.  I’ve often had more culture shock from the prominent cultures in different U.S. cities more than I have from landing overseas.  In my experience, each region in the U.S. places emphasis on different values, encourages different lifestyles and has a communication style completely of its own.

In the past several years my husband and I have lived in two different states along the east coast, the most recent being in New England.  Being brought-up in the mid-west I never really knew all that New England had to offer.  Sure, you read about Paul Revere and The Midnight Ride or The Boston Tea Party, but it’s nearly impossible to put that into context with the rest of New England until you’ve actually visited.

When I received New England Home Cooking to review, I must say I was expecting a book filled with clam chowda’, baked beans and lobsta’ roll recipes (yes, I know, sounds amazing).  Then this weighty book arrived at my doorstep and completely exceeded all of those expectations.

It not only includes all of New England’s famous flavors but its 600+ pages also include my favorite aspect of living in this area: the diversity.  This cookbook goes through recipes (along with personal stories and a touch of history) and will delight you with traditional Portuguese and Jamaican meals, it will take you on a trip through small Vermont towns and will explain why Boston’s North End is a must-see (and eat) destination…

While I do wish that there were some colored pictures throughout the cookbook, the endearing stories and variety of recipes will definitely keep me flipping through its pages!

When I saw this recipe for “Shaker Winter Squash Biscuits” I knew I had to make it. I’ve been receiving at least one winter squash weekly in my CSA and have been running low in ideas of how to cook it.  The hit of pumpkin pie spice (or nutmeg) with warm dough makes this the perfect fall biscuit and would be the PERFECT accompaniment to your Thanksgiving meal!

Winter Squash Biscuits

Adapted from New England Home Cooking 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup  whole wheat pastry flour
2 tbs. light brown sugar
1 tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. fresh black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice
4 tbs. chilled unsalted butter
4 tbs. oil
1 cup winter squash (I used 1/2 a large butternut squash ; the recipe says you can also use pumpkin puree)
5 tbs. milk

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Bake the squash until tender (times will vary depending on the type of squash you use; I baked a butternut squash for about 30-35 minutes).  Cut squash in half, remove seeds and scoop flesh into a bowl.  Mash squash with a fork.

2.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, salt, pepper and pumpkin spice/nutmeg.  Add the butter and oil and mix together until evenly blended.

3.  Whisk the milk and squash together in a small bowl.  Add to the flour mixture and stir with a fork to make a soft dough.  Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead about 6 times.  Roll or pat the dough until it is 3/4 inch thick (VERY important to measure this for a thicker biscuit!).

4.  Using a 2″ cutter (I used a white wine glass as it measured almost exactly 2″ across), cut out biscuits.  Re-roll remaining scraps and  continue to cut biscuits until most of the dough has been used.  Place biscuits 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.  Bake for about 14-19 minutes, until golden brown and risen.  Serve warm and enjoy!

~What has been your favorite city/town/region to live in?

 

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  • Anonymous

    ah! What a great cookbook! And the biscuits look amazing! I have lived in 8 states now … and I must say, I have enjoyed exploring the foods in each of them!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      8 states- wow! I thought 5 was a lot!

  • http://lauren-whatlaurenlikes.blogspot.com/ Lauren

    Woah! Sounds like a great cookbook! Yum :)

  • http://cookingmywaythroughmycsa.blogspot.com Sam

    These look amazing! I’ve lived in only a handful of cities (Western NY, Ithaca, NYC, and, very briefly, London). Although I have had 8 apartments in the 7 years I’ve been in NYC…Does that count?

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes, of course it counts! Isn’t moving a pain?! :)

  • http://www.brokenrecord.ca/foodblog camille

    I tend to fall in love with everywhere I live. I’m from Vancouver originally, and I am painfully in love with it and I miss it all the time. I’ve lived in Boston for the past 7 years, and I’ve been able to call it “my adopted home” for a few years now – love it, love the accents, love the music scene, I even love the T for all its foibles. And I can grudgingly deal with the weather (although I wish people got as excited here the first time it snows and sticks as they do in Vancouver). I lived in Montreal for 4 years and I want to go back and eat everything in sight. I guess I don’t really want to move back there since the weather is just like Boston but more extreme – summer’s a sweaty misery and winter is ridiculous, spring lasts one week, fall lasts 3 – but I want to GO back and visit a lot.

    And that’s just places I’ve lived as an adult or at least not as a tiny kid. I lived in Jakarta for a couple years, but I was 6 when we moved back, and I haven’t even visted since 2000, so I’m sure it’s different now and I can’t really base an opinion on that.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    These biscuits look amazing!!!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    I need this cookbook, being a New Englander and all!

  • http://www.yummychunklet.wordpress.com Yummychunklet

    I’m still a fan of the midwest/Chicago area right now. But, during college, I was in the Raleigh-Durham area and it was probably the best setting for college I could’ve imagined.

  • http://www.peaceloveandoats.com Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    I grew up in Kansas City, went to college in Charleston, SC and now live in Chicago. I absolutely LOVED South Carolina, the state was amazing, the food delicious, and the people very colorful! I moved back though because I felt like if you weren’t born southern, you didn’t “really” fit in for the long run. I miss it all the time though! (ok, i miss the weather… haha)

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com Joanne

    I LOVE New England food and culture! boston is really my favorite city in this entire world…my heart will always belong there.

    And these biscuits…sheer heaven.

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    You are right – these would be a perfect biscuit for a Thanksgiving meal! That cookbook looks fantastic!! I’ve only lived in two states myself – NY and MA. New England food is one of my favs, but I guess I’m biased ;)

  • Prathima Rao

    These biscuits are stunning!!! And i so loved going through & reading this post :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  • BiancaS

    I’ve never been to New England, but would love a visit! Especially in the fall. I live in beautiful Utah, right now our fall weather is amazing. I live a the foot of Mount Timpanogus. I love fall but am not looking forward to winter. But luckily we celebrate all 4 seasons here, that is a good thing!
    The biscuits look yummy. I also just bookmarked a pot pie from your blog that I will make tonight. I have some yummy homemade pastry dough in the freezer. I’ve enjoyed checking out your blog.

  • BiancaS

    I’m really cindy h, bianca is my 3 year old granddaughter–quite a diva I might add. For some reason her name comes up on this program.

  • http://hungryhungryrunner.com/ Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com

    I want these biscuits! Pretty sure I could eat a dozen of them myself in one sitting. :) I love getting new cookbooks. Sounds like there are some yummy recipes in this one so I might have to invest in it. Thanks for sharing the biscuit recipe. I’m definitely going to make them to pair with a hearty soup this weekend!

  • http://www.foodfitnessfreshair.com FoodFitnessFreshAir

    These sound fabulous. Nothing beats biscuits in the cold seasons, and I love the addiction of butternuts!

  • http://juniakk.blogspot.com Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    winter squash biscuits look DELICIOUS. i am totally on a winter squash kick. eat it every day hahaha. :)

  • http://amazingasset.com Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Wow what a cozy and comfortable recipe! Butternuts are my favorite squash :)

  • http://merigoesround.blogspot.com/ meri

    Mmm, I”m gonna show the boyfriend- he has a butternut squash sittin’ on the concert!

  • http://www.ofmusesandmeringues.blogspot.com Beth

    Your biscuits look so great! I love the idea of serving them with squash soup.

  • http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com Averie

    Your photos are awesome…I can’t believe you don’t already have a DSLR?! I know when you get one, you will realllllly love it :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thank you! I have a Canon which I LOVE but not DSLR!

  • http://thedivinecarrot.com/ Emily

    Mmmmm – those look amazing! They would be wonderful with Thanksgiving dinner!

    I know what you mean about culture shock moving around the US. When I moved from small-town Ohio to Boston for grad school I had the same initial disorientation. Quite a different world.

  • Mom

    What an absolutely delightful read…I love your diversity and to hear others stories incorporated while reading these new recipes…well, what a great combo! I was reading the 2 recipes you photographed and they sound unintimidating, tempting, and delicious!! I agree about the colored pictures though! Your biscuits look g r e a t !!

  • http://brokencookiesdontcount.wordpress.com/ Fran@BCDC

    I am a biscuit Fiend!! These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I’ve tried making biscuits before without much success. I’ll give these a try!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You definitely should! Making the squash ahead of time was the most time-consuming part but it really was pretty easy!

  • Khushboo

    Those biscuits look delicious- I’m pretty sure I would struggle with stopping after one! I have lived in Nigeria, London and now Mumbai and to be honest I have loved each experience for various reasons! One thing that I do love about all the moving about is the exposure to different cultures and traditions as well as meeting so many kinds of people!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      wow! sounds like you’ve lived in some really unique places – how fun! Ha, I definitely didn’t stop at just one…or two… :)

  • Jolene (Everydayfoodie)

    I have only ever lived in one city, but I did live out in the country (on a farm) when I was a kid (until I was 7), and I really liked it.

  • http://www.bakebikeblog.com Lisa @ Bakebikeblog

    YUMMO! These look delish!

  • http://healthifulbalance.blogspot.com/ Healthiful Balance

    These look delicous! :)

  • http://www.4seasonsoffood.com Ranjani

    Ooooh I love the idea of serving these at Thanksgiving. They look really delicious!

  • http://kirantarun.com/blog Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Ha! I loved that you use wine glass as a cutter. I do too ;)

  • http://ofagatesandmadeleines.wordpress.com/ emma schultz

    I love moving. I’m really excited for wherever I’ll be moving come December – but less excited to kill my houseplants during the cold of the move:(

    This looks like a great way for me to convince myself that I like squash – would love to have a few of these with some lobsta chowda!

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