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What's on the side? Dipped and Tagged

Posted by Magic of Spice

Roasted Autumn Squash 
Dip and Crostini

Autumn is my favorite Season, although California does not really follow many of the patterns seen in other parts of the country...You can still feel it, and see it. One place that you most definitely can start to see a Seasonal change is with the vast majority of produce. We've gone from zucchini to pumpkins, and peaches to apples...

So what's with the title you might ask? 
Well to start off with, Sara from Saucy Dipper is having a Dipstock Party  from October 21st thru 31st :) And this is a preview of one of my dips.
Wait, there's more...Our lovely Akheela over at Torview  is also hosting an event... 
Food Palette Series  through the month of October. This months color palette is Orange.
Wait, there's still more... Raven of  Ravienomnoms  "Tagged me"  a fun way to get to know more about fellow bloggers by answering 8 personal questions dreamed up by the "Tagger" . I will be answering these questions and coming up with my own eight :)

 What you will need:
1 butternut squash
1 acorn squash
Olive oil for basting
4-6 cloves garlic
2 small shallot
2 dried chipotle chilies, ground
Juice of one half lemon
4 ounces Greek yogurt
And a few pinches or so of the following, ground
4 mini pumpkins for serving, optional

Let's get roasting: 
To start cut your squashes lengthwise and remove the seeds, leaving skin intact.
Baste each squash half with olive oil, on both sides. Sprinkle with seasonings.Prepare a baking dish or ridged baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. Place shallot and garlic in cavity of each squash and then lay them down on their tummy on prepared pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees (F) for about 40 minutes. They should be fork tender when done. Remove from oven and allow to cool to the touch. Now you will need to remove the outer skins. Note* you can use a pairing knife to gently raise the skins to ease the process.Once skins have been removed you can coarsely chop the squash and add to a food processor or blender. Include your garlic and shallots. Add lemon juice and blend until just incorporated.  Now add yogurt and blend until smooth.
Serve at room temperature in carved out mini pumpkins, or as desired.

Now on to being tagged...
Here is how the game works. I need to answer the 8 questions that Raven as asked, then come up with eight of my own. Then I have to "Tag" eight bloggers that I would like to here these questions from. 
Here are my answers to the 8 questions...

1) What is your favorite time of year? and why?
Autumn/Fall...I am a Fall baby and I love the cooler weather.
2) What was the most recent concert you went to?

Ziggy Marley
3) What was your best cooking experience in the past few months?

Tough one, but I will say making clotted cream.
4) If you could meet anyone in the entire world, who would it be?

Sorry but you did not say they needed to be alive :) Albert Einstein
5) What is your dream job?

Biological Anthropologist
6) What is your favorite joke of all time?

I have no idea
7) Are you someone who can eat food cold?

Yes, especially leftover it
8 ) Who do you enjoy cooking with the most?

My kids,my Dad or my Brother

OK, now on to my 8 questions:
1) What single thing or entity most inspires your dishes?
2) What do you love most about having a blog?
3) What is you favorite type of music?
4) What would you most like to do with your spare time (if you had any)?
5) What are your 2 favorite flavor combinations?
6) What is your favored reading material?
7) Who is your favorite Chef or Cook at this moment?
8) What is your zodiac sign?
OK, well the last one was for fun...Actually they should all be fun at least for me :)
I am tagging: 
Shirley  of Shirley's Luxury Haven
Drick of Drick's Rambling Cafe 
Ryan of Cajun Chef Ryan
Emily of Cleanliness is next to Godliness 
Claudia of What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine 
Mags of The Other Side of Fifty 
Denise of Quickens on the Dinner Table
Dionne of  Try Anything Once 

There are of course many more I would love to tag, but I tried to keep in mind schedule's, etc.
So if anyone else is game...go for it you know we would all love to know :) And if I tagged you but you do not have time or just would rather not...No worries, participation is always optional :)

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Magic of Spice-Alisha

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