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Fall Cooking: Spaghetti Squash

Categories: Featured, Homeowner Tips | Posted: October 20, 2011

Scooping out pulp from an uncooked Spaghetti Squash

If you have ever watched The Biggest Loser or any other weight loss shows, I am sure you have heard of Spaghetti Squash as a great alternative to pasta.  I have been on a big health kick since February of this year and I think I have eaten pasta only twice in that time span.  I can’t handle the carbs and calories in my diet.  But recently I have been craving pasta.  So, on a whim at the grocery store this past weekend I thought I’d buy a Spaghetti Squash.

I got really excited thinking about all the ways I used to eat pasta and what I could cook to go with the spaghetti squash.  I was really squealing with joy.  So after a quick Google query on how to cook the thing, I was off!  I set the oven to 375° and got the Big Knife from the set I received as a wedding gift.  I have only used that knife like, three times and only on a watermelon, so I was unprepared for how tough a Spaghetti Squash is!  I was fighting that thing and praying the knife didn’t fly out of my hands and hit my dogs (who always hang out in the kitchen when I get the cutting board out).  Finally after wrestling with it and not cutting myself or my furry friends (whew!) I began the drudgery of scooping out the pulp.  Hated it.

Next I placed it rind up on a baking sheet and set the timer for 35 minutes.  After it cooked, I let it cool for a while until it was only slightly warm to the touch.  The website I visited on how to cook it warned of burns if you scraped it too soon.  It was so easy!  I just took the fork and scraped it from one end to the other and it fell right into the plastic container.  Since I am the only one in my house who will even look at a vegetable I was worried that I would have too much.  But since I ate half a container of it at my first sitting, I think I’m safe!

On my first taste it was a little sweet.  I thought that was OK since I usually add a little sweetener to my homemade pasta sauce, I’d just plan to leave it out.  My favorite way to eat pasta is as a side dish with a little butter and cheese and seasonings.  So I paired it with my steak and sprinkled a little garlic salt and some Italian seasoning on it.  No butter or cheese, but I’m used to that now.   I. Was.In. Heaven.  It had a slight crunch that I adored.  So the conclusion: Spaghetti Squash-Good and Easy to make!  Four Stars on this veggie!

Cooling

 

 

Scraping the Spaghetti out

Scraping the Spaghetti out

 

Almost finished scooping

Empty Rinds

 

Can I have some Mom?

A Little Something Extra

Categories: Credit and Lending, Featured, Home Building 101 | Posted: September 29, 2011

Sometimes you just want that little bit more.  Something extra.  We get it.  And we think that little bit more is peace of mind.  With the hustle and bustle of life, you don’t need any more stress and worry than absolutely necessary.  So we go out of our way to provide our customers with a worry-free experience.  Let’s examine the ways:

 

  1. Guaranteed Heating and Cooling.  Seriously.  Not Kidding.  It’s a warranted item.  Our 3098 square foot floor plan in Garden Heights is GUARANTEED to average 907.5 kWh/month to heat and cool.  At a price of $0.084/kWh that’s $76.23 on average to run the HVAC.  Incredible, and true.
  2. Extra Inspections.  We go above and beyond to get additional third party inspections on each home.  We want to make sure that a second set of eyes has inspected our homes to catch mistakes we may have missed.  The result?  Fewer Warranty Requests from our Home Owners.
  3. Rebar Foundation.  Each foundation is tailored to the specific needs of each neighborhood.  Did you know that Tarrant County soils can vary so much that a soils test in one neighborhood can yield completely different results when compared to another?  We always take the most conservative approach with our foundations and it shows in our record with Bonded Builders — our Third Party Warranty Partner.  We have been claims free on our foundations since the company was founded in 1998.
  4. Graduate Master Builders.  Astonishing as it may be, all of our Construction Managers that build our homes are Graduate Master Builders.  Continuing education is vital for anyone who desires to be the best in their field.  We are no different.  Experience and education make a difference in the end product.  We are very proud to have such a great team building our homes, and you will be too.
  5. Top Notch Salespeople.  Our Sales Team is the best in the business.  Why?  What’s different about them?  They are highly trained in areas that make the most difference to our Customers.  They are very knowledgeable about the latest loan programs for first time buyers, repeat buyers and credit challenged buyers.  If there is a way to save you money and get you the Home of your Dreams, they can find it.  They are most concerned with helping people, not selling people.  And our Customer Service Surveys reflect their hard work.

 

And if you still want more, call one of our Sales Offices to find out what’s so special about their neighborhood!