Butternut Squash, Leek and Rice Gratin; the update

Yes, I’m still finding new ways with my never-ending butternut squash.

But first – we have actual, visible, easy-to-see proof that we worked last week.

We papered.

Because he had to cut the sheet rock panels in half to get them upstairs, they were missing the beveled edge needed for a smooth finish.  Paper seemed the logical choice.

You can’t really tell – but I was very pleased when I discovered that the paper exactly matched the blue in the bathroom tile.  That other wall will be painted as soon as the plaster dries.


It was just a little tricky working around the beams – but, hey, we need a challenge occasionally.

The light paper actually has a thin blue stripe to it, as well as some mottling.


Now that the walls are done he’s starting the trim.  You can see a bit of it on the ceiling.

More in the hall – he had to cover the beam joining the 2 ‘ceilings’.

And let’s not forget the other bedroom…. – the ceiling is half done there, as well.

Now that the walls are done, he can start the floor.  Since he has to finish all the boards before laying them, that will take awhile – allowing him to finish the trim, the other ceiling, the bathroom, and start the second bathroom.

Oh, and plaster the walls in the second bedroom.

I so worry about him becoming bored with so little to do…..

In my desperation to continue to be creative with my butternut squash I think I have come up with one of the best recipes of the season….

The recipe, Butternut Squash & Rice Gratin, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Butternut Squash & Rice Gratin.

This was seriously delicious – even the next morning, standing in the fridge, eating the last few bites cold.

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14 thoughts on “Butternut Squash, Leek and Rice Gratin; the update”

  1. I second the great progress!
    And this recipe is just what I need to clear out my own excess squash, some in the freezer, some in the garage.
    BTW, saw a solar oven butternut squash recipe. Can’t wait to try that one out. Too cold out? Doesn’t matter, as long as there’s sun. 🙂

  2. Ton mari does beautiful work. I love looking at the photos. Enjoy your blog too. My 3 favorite topics: food, home renovation/projects, culture.

  3. Great recipe for butternut squash…and I still have one I grew last summer, sitting in the pantry. This might be exactly the recipe it has been waiting for 🙂 Looks almost as good as those papered walls and wooden ceiling…those are so lovely…you must be thrilled!

  4. I am always on the lookout for new butternut squash recipes and this gratin sounds fantastic! Bookmarked.
    The progress is coming along so nicely!

  5. Katie, made this wonderful recipe…with a few tweaks…tonight and linked to your blog. Thanks for a fantastic recipe! Sweetie loved it and ate two helpings.

  6. Meredith, knowing the thrifty French it would end up in a pot long before it could get to you ;-))
    Zoomie, it was, strangely, delicious LOL
    Christine – thanks, and thanks!
    Ina, oh, he has plans….. 3 more squash to go.
    brassfrog, it’s the sun past I’m lacking at the moment… Haven’t seen it in over a week. In summer I long for clouds!
    bpf125 – thanks – I’ll pass on the kind words 😉
    Joey, it was surprisingly good – perfect combination.
    manningroad, early for you neck of the woods…. hope you like it!
    Val, yes, progress…. finally visible progress.
    Elle, the darn things seem to last forever. Use it quick before it breeds.
    Joanne, thanks, on both counts
    Thanks, Elle – must go look… love tweaks!

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