Light Up The Shores Contest Calendar of RSCA Events

Dress up your home and yard with lights, snowmen, reindeer
and ornaments and win prizes! To submit your holiday
decorations for consideration and publication in e PILOT,
simply take a photo of your home and submit it to the RSCA
Board of Directors for our official “judging” process.
Here are just a few suggestions for picture submissions:

e best TIME of day is about 15 minutes after sundown
while there is still a little light in the sky. We want to see
your house and surroundings as well as your lighting and
• Which CAMERA
to use? You don’t
need a professional
camera! Most cell
phones and pocket
cameras can take
good pictures.
• Try NOT to use flash unless you just can’t turn it off.
• Take many pictures during a roughly 15 minute period
before the sky gets dark.
en send us only the very best two or three of your pictures.
Be sure to include your NAME and STREET ADDRESS
(including apartment or unit number if applicable) and email
to <>.
Photos must be submitted no later than the end of the day
Saturday, December 17th, as our elves will be judging all
applicants by Monday, December 19th! Winning homes will
be featured in e PILOT and

Santa Comes to the Shores Library
Sunday, December 11 th
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Bring your cameras to capture
those magical moments of your
children on Santa’s lap sharing
their wishes. Mingle with
neighbors, hum along to Christmas Carols
played on the piano, and enjoy a craft project
with Redwood Shores Library staff members
while waiting for your turn to see Santa.
Don’t be late! The line to see Santa can be long…

Light Up e Shores Contest

Entries due by Saturday, December 17th
Picture submissions by email only; see left side of
page for details on how to enter your home.

RSCA 2017 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, February 8 th , 7:00pm
Redwood Shores Library

You can always find more information about these
and other community events on our web site at

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274 Redwood Shores Pkwy, PMB #603
Redwood Shores, CA 94065 - 1173
2016 Officers
Sue Nix
Jim Cvengros
Lynn Kathleen Adams
Bob Slusser
Harris Rogers

Board of Directors Members
Nina Boire
Carol Ford
Shannon Guzzetta
Don Long

• Light Up e Shores Contest ....................Page 1
• Calendar of RSCA Events .........................Page 1
• From the Mayor / ASK the MAYOR.........Page 5
• SVCW Public Meeting on 12/14 ..............Page 5
• It’s Elementary School Update ..................Page 8
• Library Events in December .....................Page 8
• RWS Library Interpretive Center Update.....Page 9
• St. Mark’s Corner: It’s Christmas.............Page 10
• SVCW Meeting Info (Continued) ..........Page 10
• Tennis Club 2016 Season........................Page 13
• OH YUCK! Moments ............................Page 13
• At Home in the Shores: Your Fireplace....Page 14
• Architectural Design Review Board.........Page 14
• Classified Ads..........................................Page 16
• Lynn’s Kitchen: Pfeffingers ......................Page 17
• Family, Friends & Food ..........................Page 18
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Mike Mancusi
Connie Munevar
Clemencia Rodriguez
Andrew Young

RSCA’s Board of Directors meet at the
Redwood Shores Library on the 2nd ursday of
each month, 7:00 p.m. Our next Board Meeting will be:

January 12th, 2017

ARchitEctuRAL DESign REviEW BoARD (non-HOA areas):
Jim Cvengros
Carol Ford
Sue Nix
For CC&R copies & information, email <>

Deadline for space reservation is normally the end of the first
week of each month for the following month’s issue.
Email <>
for a precise schedule.
PUBLISHER: Redwood Shores Community Association
e PILOT is the official monthly publication
of the Redwood Shores Community Association

Circulation: 6,000 Shores Households & Businesses
Opinions published in e PILOT are solely those of the
authors and not the expressions of RSCA unless so
officially & expressly designated.

FRom thE

m AyoR

“ASK thE mAyoR”

“Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men”

Here is this month’s question and answer:

Growing up, that was a phrase I remember being
synonymous with the Holiday Season. Glittery cards would
show up in the mail, from people I’d generally never heard
of, and many of them would make that statement. Recently,
I had the opportunity to experience “Peace on Earth, Good
Will Toward Men” in a very tangible way.
e first week of November, I was honored to lead a
delegation of community leaders from Redwood City to
visit our Sister City; Zhuhai, China (Guangdong province).
Zhuhai and Redwood City have shared a formal Sister City
relationship since 1993. A Sister City relationship is a
broad-based, long-term partnership between two
communities in two countries, and recognized after the
highest elected or appointed official from both
communities, sign off on an agreement. Sister City
relationships promote peace through people-to-people
relationships—with program offerings varying greatly from
basic cultural exchange programs to shared research and
development projects between cities with such relationships.
Our visit to Zhuhai was initiated by an invitation from their
Mayor to all of Zhuhai’s Sister Cities around the world to
visit, conduct meetings on deepening our partnerships and
attend their bi-annual airshow. We were greeted warmly at
a banquet where we met delegations from Zhuhai’s Sister
Cities in the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Russia.
Over the next few days, helped by a wonderful team of
translators, we shared peace and good will and had valuable
conversations about issues our communities are facing:
housing, traffic, parking, care for the growing elderly
population, cultural inclusion, economic development, and
education. Geography and nationality don’t change the many
common social themes we are all facing and it was great to be
together promoting peace and good will people-to-people.
I returned home with a renewed sense of the importance
of healthy relationships around our community and
abroad. I am convinced our homes, communities, and
beyond will be better off as we all look for new ways to
promote “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

Q) I understand Sandpiper School is considering expanding.
What is the status of this? (Submitted by Christine A.)
A) Sandpiper School is proposing to construct a new twostory classroom building on the City property at Sandpiper.
is new two story building would accommodate 180 new,
sixth to eighth grade students. e school is also proposing
to construct one new single-story classroom on school
property to accommodate an increase of 40 K-5th grade
students. Public comments are being accepted on the Initial
Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and the Planning
Commission will hold a hearing on Tuesday, December 6th.
Keep current on the project at or:
Do you have a question to “ASK
THE MAYOR”? Email it to
include “ASK THE MAYOR” on
the subject line. One question
will be selected and answered the
following month. If your question
is chosen, you’ll win a prize!

Mayor John Seybert
City of Redwood City

Public Meeting on Draft EIR for
Proposed Wastewater Projects in
Redwood Shores Set for December 14th
A public meeting on Silicon Valley Clean Water’s
Wastewater Conveyance System and Plant Reliability
Improvement Project’s draft Environmental Impact Report
(EIR) is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday, December 14th
at SVCW offices at 1400 Radio Road, Redwood City.
SVCW is implementing a Capital Improvement Program
(CIP) that includes improving the reliability of the
conveyance system and the wastewater treatment plant.
Several elements of this CIP are referred to as the Wastewater
Conveyance System and Treatment Reliability
Improvements project. e proposed project is made of up
15 elements, each consisting of specific improvements and
upgrades to portions of the conveyance system and the
wastewater treatment plant. Each component has a separate
schedule and timing for implementation.
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i t ’ S E LEmEntARy

Season’s greetings from the
Belmont-Redwood Shores School District!

Progress on Strategic Plan
Our school year is going very well this year. We have an
incredibly dedicated staff, and we are executing our
strategic plan, which was developed in 2014 in
conjunction with parents and community representatives.
This year and next, we will be focusing on providing our
students with a collaborative culture of learning and an
environment that promotes a capacity for innovation.
Collaboration and innovation are critical skills that our
students will need for college and careers in a rapidly
changing world. We are starting with a common
framework for collaboration, so that our teachers develop
a common vocabulary and set of skills for our students.
We are very excited about this important work!
Longer Winter Break
is year, our schools will have a longer winter break than
usual. Typically, we take two weeks off for the winter break.
is year, we are following Carlmont High School’s longer
winter break. School will be out of session beginning on
Wednesday, December 21st and resuming on Monday,
January 9th. While next year’s calendar has yet to be
established for the elementary schools, the high school has
a longer break scheduled again for next year, so we expect
the longer break to repeat in 2017. e school year is still
the same 180 days in duration, so the consequence of this
change is only a slightly shorter summer break.
February is Kindergarten Enrollment Month
Looking ahead, we want all families in the community to
know that February is enrollment month for prospective
kindergarteners. If you know a family with a child in
preschool, please share this information. Enrollment
procedures are on our website at
If you have questions or feedback, I can be reached at
<> or 650-620-2703.
Happy holidays!
Michael Milliken, Ph.D.
BRSSD Superintendent

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RWS Library Interpretive Center Update
e article in November’s PILOT (page 20) generated a lot of
questions and interest from residents. As a follow-up, please
review the following Q&A.
Q) How much money do you need to raise for the upgrades?
A) Our goal is $20,000.
Q) What is the best way to donate?
1) Mail your check to the Redwood City Library Foundation
(for Redwood Shores Library)
1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063
2) Donate online at
3) Pick up a remittance envelope at the Shores Library.
Q) What will the money be used for?
A) We are raising money to replace signage, re-design the bird
footprint interactive, replace the computer and design a new
interactive game. (See November PILOT for more details.)
Q) Will the Library be closed for the renovations?
A) Some parts of the Interpretive Center might be closed during
the renovation, but the Library will remain OPEN.

ank you for your support!

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St. mARK’S coRnER
It’s not just Christmas Time; it’s Christmas

by Richard Watkins
“It’s Christmas Eve... it’s the one night of the year when we
all act a little nicer... we smile a little easier... we cheer a little
more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are
the people that we always hoped we would be!”
ese words, spoken by Bill Murray in the movie Scrooged,
pretty much sum up how most people feel about Christmas
time. ey want their company parties. ey want their
caroling. ey want their peppermint mochas and snickerdoodles. ey want their Secret Santa gift exchanges. ey
want their gift receipts for easy return. ey want their day
after 50% sales. ey want their Christmas to be happy.
Jolly. Merry. And then it ends.
In some ways St. Mark is no different in regards to having a
good party. In fact, all readers of e PILOT, as well as all
residents of Redwood Shores, are invited to join the St. Mark
community at its Christmas Open House on Saturday,
December 10th after the 4:30pm Mass, (325 Marine View
Avenue, Belmont). It is the perfect opportunity to get to know
the people of the parish, the church itself and what it has to
offer. ere will be food, drink, entertainment and (of course)
merriment. e cost to attend is free, however, in the spirit of
giving, it is asked that a donation be made in the form of a
youth-appropriate gift card, to be given to those less fortunate.
But for the parish and its parishioners, Christmas never ends
because it goes much deeper than twinkling lights, hot
chocolate and popcorn balls. What is often overlooked by
society at large during Christmas time is Christmas itself.
For all the attention given to Santa and reindeer and Elves
on the Shelves, to Grinches, Red Ryder BB Guns and
Clarence Odbody, there is less attention paid to what
Christmas represents: giving, charity, mercy and grace.
Missed in the hustle and bustle of tree decorating, light
hanging and ugly sweater wearing, is that it truly can be a
time of peace on earth and good will toward men. Not just
for the two or three weeks leading up to a day on the
calendar, but continuously. Everyday. Ongoing and neverending. e true spirit of Christmas is that it is not a set
parameter of time, but a state of mind, action and being.
So we hope you will join the St. Mark community in a true
celebration of Christmas on Saturday, December 10 after
the 4:30pm Mass (325 Marine View Avenue, Belmont).
As all are welcome, please share this invitation with friends
and family outside of the Redwood Shores boundaries.

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Public Meeting on Draft EIR for
Proposed Wastewater Projects in
Redwood Shores Set for December 14th
(continued from Page 5)
e project components would ensure that SVCW can
efficiently, reliably, and safely convey and treat wastewater
from its four member agencies, the cities of Redwood City,
Belmont, San Carlos, and the West Bay Sanitary District.
Publication of the draft EIR in late November marked the
beginning of a 45-day public comment period. During this
period, the draft EIR is made available to local, state, and
federal agencies and to interested organizations and
individuals for review. It is also available at
Written comments concerning the environmental review
contained in this draft EIR during the 45-day public review
period should be sent to:
Kim Hackett, Silicon Valley Clean Water
1400 Radio Road, Redwood City, CA 94065
An EIR is an informational document that assesses potential
environmental impacts of a proposed project, and identifies
mitigation measures and alternatives to the proposed project
that could reduce or avoid adverse environmental impacts.
e basic requirements for an EIR include discussions of the
environmental setting, environmental impacts, mitigation
measures, alternatives, growth-inducing impacts, and
cumulative impacts. It is not the intent of an EIR to
recommend either approval or denial of a project.
Many of the project’s 15 components are in Redwood
Shores, including:
• A 11-foot inside diameter Gravity Pipeline using
tunnel boring machine methods to convey wastewater
to the plant.
• Receiving Lift Station to bring flow from the gravity
pipeline to surface level.
• Headworks to remove large debris and grit from the
incoming flows.
• Flow Diversion Structure to store excess flows during
wet weather periods.
• Civil improvements at the front of the plant area at 1400
Radio Road to accommodate new facilities such as:
setting the site elevations to allow access to new facilities
and for proper drainage; storm drainage improvements
to prevent site flooding; driveway and roadway
improvements to create safe vehicle routing; walls and
fencing for site securing and screening.

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by Monique Seibel
Twenty-one people entered the RSTC’s last tournament of
the year on November 12th. As a gray dawn gave way to
sunny skies and pleasant temperatures, players gathered for
team tennis. Because the courts at Dolphin Park are
undergoing needed reconstruction, the Preserve courts (near
Redwood Shores Elementary School) were used instead;
Shorebird courts were available as usual.
Teams were named for comfort foods of the season: the
Cranberries, the Sweet Potatoes, the Squashes and the
Giblets. Giblets? Well, no one wants to play on a team
called the Turkeys! As usual, there was a lot of good-natured
competition along with generous doses of humor.
Octogenarians Phil Waters and Ed Lee initially cried “No
fair!” at having to play against younger partners. eir mock
griping changed to self-satisfied grins when they came back
from 0-3 to win the set 5-3.
Evelyn Sell had to default after the first round, feeling sick
with symptoms of stomach flu. en Karen Brodersen, who
with her husband Bob, was scheduled to host the social, called
to report the same symptoms. Fortunately, Sundar and Smita
Venkateswaran stepped in, so the social did not have to be
cancelled. Everyone brought favorite comfort foods, including
turkey with gravy, ham and biscuits and desserts featuring
pumpkin and persimmons.
e winning team was the Cranberries, captained by Kathy
Miles; her teammates were Evelyn Sell, Kristian Nergaard,
John Jordan, Sundar Venkateswaran and John Hogan. e
prizes this month were gift certificates to Zalles Racquet
Sports in Foster City.
Our next event will be the post-holiday party in January.
We’ll be back on the courts in March with the annual
Membership Mania event. Watch this space for details. In
the meantime, for schedules, information, or to join the
club, please visit Let’s play tennis!


by Harvey Radin
It was not bad at all, bicycling along the Bay Trails one
morning last month. I’m checking things off in my mind.
Wind conditions... favorable. Air temperature... just right.
Early morning fog... clearing. All in all, a great start to the day.
What do they call it? at inner voice in your mind that
sort of chronicles what you’re doing in real time? at inner
voice people hear now and then, like during meetings, for
example, when they’re thinking about the best things to say.
As I’m cruising along a levee trail, my inner voice is
switched on. I’m thinking the foliage is transitioning from
Summer to Fall, but there’s also lots of lush, green grass
from drenching October rain. ere’s a jackrabbit that will
probably scurry off as I approach, but doesn’t, surprisingly.
ere’s a huge, grey bird on an embankment across the
water looking intensely into the lagoon. Probably for
something to munch on. It’s unfazed as I go by.
en, I’m recalling from recent bike rides where I may need
to zigzag. Trying to remember where I’ve seen stuff on the
trail that I may need to dodge. Maybe puddles from recent
rain. Or poop where geese paused long enough to leave
substantial deposits. Rolling over puddles and poop,
especially on mountain bike tires with their knobby tread,
sure kicks up what you’re rolling over. On your legs or
elsewhere. So, you think about that for a moment.
And when you spot something deposited by something
other than birds, you think maybe someone walking their
dog might have missed that moment when the dog stopped
in the middle of the trail when nature called. Or maybe
someone ran out of poop bags. Your inner voice says: Hey!
Cut the person some slack! But then again, slipping and
sliding over something that'll cause an OH YUCK! moment
can make you think again. And you hope that others on the
trail will zigzag in the nick of time...
(After a career in corporate
communication, Harvey Radin
wrote books and articles about
public opinion and PR. His
articles have been published in
Business Insider, American
Banker and regional news
media. e Radins have lived in
the Shores since 1984.)
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Decorate Your Fireplace for the Holidays
Happy Holidays Redwood Shores!

While Christmas trees are the usual holiday showstoppers,
a well-decorated fireplace can create a warm, festive
ambiance that adds not only a beautiful focal point, but a
place to highlight treasured holiday memories. Here are two
ways to dress your fireplace for the season.
Naturally Red and Green
is red and green trimmed fireplace lends a traditional,
cozy feel. Get the look:
• Place a pine garland dotted with ornaments on the mantel;
• Scatter pine cones among the branches and add red,
ivory, and birch candles;
• Add some festive tree-shaped candles;
• Hang knit stockings to complete the traditional look.
stockings, and
vases from
Pottery Barn.
candles and
birch logs from
Crate & Barrel.
All at Glitters is Gold
A sparkling, golden fireplace creates a warm, glowing
ambiance rich with holiday memories. Get the look:
• Swag a magnolia leaf garland under the mantel;
• Attach glittery fruit and gold ribbon to create a focal point;
• Group together a variety of gold and silver candles on
the mantle;
• Stack birch logs in the fireplace;
• Place gold finished lanterns on the hearth.
A Word of Warning
While decorating the fireplace is a beautiful tradition, please
remember that placing stockings or any flammable material
near a burning fire is a fire hazard. Be sure to remove items
from the mantle before lighting your fireplace.

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Garland, lantern, and candles from Pottery Barn. Glittery fruit
and candles from Z Gallerie. Birch logs from Crate & Barrel.
Liza Riguerra is a technology professional
turned award-winning interior designer
who lives in Redwood Shores. Connect with
her on Houzz, LinkedIn or Twitter.

Did you Know...

... that EVERY residence in the Shores
is covered by Covenants, Codes &
Restrictions (CC&Rs)?
Whether you live in one of our many
Home Owners Associations (HOAs)
or in the original sections of the
Shores, there are CC&Rs on ALL Shores homes!
You should have received a copy of the CC&Rs when
you purchased your home. But if you live west of Shell
and NOT in an HOA, that might have been some time
ago. If you need a new copy, email <>.

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(How a Connecticut Yankee embraced California Cuisine)
– Lynn Kathleen Adams
Note: My beloved Aunt Sally lost her battle with cancer in
July of this year, so in honor of her memory, I am repeating this
article from several years ago.
As children, we loved visiting our aunt and uncle at
Blueberry Hill (New Hampshire) for our Christmas
vacation. After the arduous car trek from Connecticut to
New Hampshire, we’d pile out of the car into the
welcoming arms of our relatives. After much arguing about
which of the upstairs bedrooms my sister and brother and
I wanted to sleep in, we’d unpack and then enjoy hot
chocolate by the fireplace as a prelude to our next adventure
– bundling back up in our parkas to visit the barn and see
the horses. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t at
least two feet of snow on the ground, but there was a
shoveled path from the house to the barn. e horses knew
something was up as soon as we all raced into the barn and
surrounded their stalls. We’d put their bridles on and lead
them out into the winter sun, up the snowy road to the
pasture on the other side of the peach orchard. ey would
prance with excitement to be outside – we’d open the gate,
unhook the leads from the bridles, and let them gallop full
speed through the pasture. ey would race back and
forth, their hooves pounding the frozen ground and then
they would drop to their knees, lie down and roll in the
snow, sending snow flying into the air and sparkling like
diamonds in the sunshine.
My mom, sister and I took one trip into town with my
aunt, and on the way back up to the farmhouse, she took a
turn on the snowy, narrow road a little too fast and drove
the car head first into a large snow bank! No one was hurt
- after a fit of giggles and our unheeded pleas to do it again,
we all hiked back up the hill to get my uncle, who just
rolled his eyes, enlisted our dad’s help, and the two of them
went out to the barn to get one of his many tractors to pull
my aunt’s car out the snow bank onto the road, so my dad
could drive it back to the house.
Aunt Sally always encouraged our help with making her
favorite Christmas cookies. It took us a while to learn how
to pronounce them – we thought it was a silly name for
cookies, but gladly helped her in the kitchen baking them.
e best part was shaking the still warm cookies gently in
a brown paper bag with Confectioners’ Sugar to coat them!

4 Cups Unbleached All Purpose White Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Mace
1 Teaspoon Allspice
¼ Teaspoon Anise
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
¾ Cup Molasses
¾ Cup Honey
¾ Cup Butter
1 Egg, beaten
Confectioners’ Sugar for dusting – place about
1 Cup into small brown paper bag
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift all dry ingredients
together in large bowl. Whisk to mix ingredients. Place
honey and molasses into medium saucepan, and heat over
low heat until warm. Remove from heat and add butter to
melt. Cool and add beaten egg. Stir cooled wet ingredients
into dry ingredients with wooden spoon. Let stand for 15
minutes. Using a regular teaspoon, scoop cookie dough
into small balls and drop onto cookie sheets lined with
parchment paper. Leave about two inches between cookies.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until done, remove from oven and
let sit on cookie sheet for a few minutes. Use spatula to
remove and place onto wire cooling rack. When still
slightly warm, drop cookies, a few at a time, into brown
paper bag with Confectioners’ Sugar, and shake gently until
dusted all over. Remove to platter and serve. Enjoy with a
glass of cold milk or hot chocolate. Happy Holidays to all
and a Healthy and Peaceful New Year! And hug your loved
ones every day!
(Lynn has been an RSCA Board member since 1994.)
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Family, Friends & Food... on Holidays & Every Day
With all that we try to juggle every day, cooking is often low
priority. We need to find balance even when there is no time to
cook, because home cooking is essential for our well-being. “Let
food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates
Cooking provides an opportunity not only to nourish one’s own
body, with all the positive health benefits, but the range of skills
involved enhance the mind as well. Time spent cooking can be
as long or short as you need it to be - in fact, with a little
planning and organization comes enormous time-savings and
alleviates daily stress of figuring out “what’s for dinner?” Time
spent cooking with others creates special bonds, traditions and
connections that benefit individuals and society at large.
“Cooking is one of the oldest arts and one which has rendered
us the most important service in civic life.” – Jean-Anthelme
Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
Learning to cook has benefits that are truly limitless, so let’s get
started! Whether you try out a new recipe for the holidays or
sign up for a class to get organized or learn something new,
there’s no question that exploring culinary arts will improve
your life by adding purpose, creativity, and better health!

If the noodles are still a bit crunchy for your taste, simply let it
bake for another 10-15 minutes. en, into a large bowl, gently
scrape out the flesh/long spaghetti strands with a fork. Set aside.
Heat a skillet on medium. Add butter and cumin seeds. Saute
for a few seconds. Add red onion and shallot. Saute for 5-7
minutes until browning occurs. en, add garlic. Cook for 30
seconds. Next, add curry powder. Cook for another minute.
Toss the spaghetti squash in the onion curry mixture. Adjust
salt to taste. Garnish with garam masala and freshly and finely
chopped cilantro or mint, if desired.

Spaghetti Squash with an Indian Twist
Recipe contributed by Teena Arora. Spaghetti squash, aka
canary-yellow gourd, is roasted to perfection and then the
long strands are forked out and transferred to a skillet to be
sauteed in a curry butter shallot and red onion mixture
topped with a sprinkle of garam masala (a blend of aromatic,
warm spices used in regional Indian cooking). Serves 4-6.
1 medium Spaghetti Squash
2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Salt (to taste)
Fresh cracked Black Pepper (to taste)
1 sprig fresh Rosemary; finely chopped
1-2 tablespoon Butter
1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1 Red Onion; finely diced
1 large Shallot; finely sliced
2-3 Garlic Cloves; minced
1 tablespoon Curry Powder
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the squash in half,
lengthwise from stem to tail.
Scoop out and discard the seeds or save them to roast later for
a snack or to make a pesto (using seeds instead of nuts).
Place the squash in a baking dish or a sheet pan. Sprinkle on oil,
salt, pepper, and rosemary. Cook the spaghetti squash face down
and cover with foil to hold in the steam and for more tenderness.
Let it roast for 35-45 minutes. e squash is ready when you
can effortlessly pierce a fork through the flesh all the way to the
peel. e flesh will also separate easily into spaghetti-like strands.

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In place of rosemary, feel free to experiment with fresh thyme
and/or sage, or simply omit.
You can use coconut oil or ghee for a distinct flavor profile.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds, as they’re seasonal & vibrant.
Pair with an Indian Raita or Mediterranean Tzatziki. ey are
both yogurt dips.
is dish can be eaten as a main meal or as an accompaniment
to other veggies and/or a vegetarian or animal protein.
e flavor of spaghetti squash is mild so you definitely want
to spruce it up. Enjoy!
Chef Teena is a nationally recognized, awardwinning curator of cuisine that is robust in flavor,
medicinal, and often Indian inspired! She has over
25 years of cooking experience and has notably
worked as a Chef Consultant at Stanford University,
a Chef Instructor at Whole Foods Market Salud
Cooking School, and currently delights large and
small groups for corporate clients and foundations,
team-building classes, private in-home instruction,
personal chef services, and restaurant food
consulting. She is passionate about teaching people
how to cook healthy and delicious food, with ease!

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