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Virginia Willis New Cookbook Giveaway & Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin Recipe

November 06, 2011

I was fortunate to meet Virginia Wills several years ago, and I had the pleasure and honor to co-speak with her last year at Food Blog South. Last fall, I attended an event in Atlanta where she previewed some of her recipes for her new book, “From Basic to Brilliant”. I couldn’t wait for it to be released. Virginia is a graduate of  L’Academie de Cuisine and Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne and, previously, was the Kitchen Director for Martha Stewart Living. Virginia expands on her incredible style in this 150 recipe cookbook where she offers incredible preparation and presentation techniques (her writing is amazing too). This recipe for Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin is just one of the many stellar recipes in this book. I served it to company this weekend on a cold evening, and I received rave reviews. Her amazingly beautiful photos were taken by Helene Dujardin of Tartlette. “From Basic to Brilliant” can be found at Amazon or any of your favorite online stores as well as bookstores nationwide.

For a chance to win a copy, leave me a comment telling me why you want a copy of this book. Winner will be drawn on Thursday, November 10th and must be a U.S resident. For more chances, leave as many comments as you like telling me that you did the following:

1. Follow Alison Lewis on Twitter

2. Like Ingredients, Inc on Facebook

3. Follow Virginia Willis on Twitter

4. Like Virginia Willis on Facebook

 

“Reprinted with permission from Basic to Brilliant, Y’all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company by Virginia Willis, copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.”

Photo credit: Helene Dujardin © 2011

Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin

Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Ingredients
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, plus more for the gratin dish
2 butternut squashes, (about 3 pounds total), cut in half lengthwise and seeded
1 (10-ounce) bag chopped kale
2 tablespoons pure olive oil
6 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
1 Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 Pinch of ground allspice
1 Leaves from 4 sprigs thyme, chopped
1½ cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons plain or whole-wheat fresh or panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 2½ ounces)
Preparation
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter a large gratin dish.

2. Peel the squash, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices; set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the kale and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well in a colander, then squeeze out any excess water.

3. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and the well-drained greens. Cook until the greens are slightly wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.

4. Meanwhile, place half the sliced squash in the prepared dish and season with salt and pepper. Combine the nutmeg, allspice, and thyme in a small bowl.

5. Spoon the kale over the squash and sprinkle with half the seasoning mixture. Top with remaining squash and sprinkle with the remaining seasoning.

6. Pour the cream over the gratin and cover with a piece of aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes, remove the foil, and press down on the squash with a spatula to compress. Cover and continue baking until the squash is soft when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 20 minutes.

7. Meanwhile, combine the breadcrumbs and cheese in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Decrease the oven temperature to 375°F. Remove the foil from the gratin dish and sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the squash. Dot with the butter and continue baking, uncovered, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.



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55 Responses to “Virginia Willis New Cookbook Giveaway & Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin Recipe”
JulieD says:
November, 07 2011at 08:32 am
I follow Virginia on twitter, I'm @TheLittleKitchn
JulieD says:
November, 07 2011at 08:29 am
I like you on facebook.
naomi says:
November, 08 2011at 12:38 am
Love the soup and love Virginia Willis and you!
Linda S. says:
November, 07 2011at 09:37 am
I follow Virginia Willis on twitter: ljskop.
JulieD says:
November, 07 2011at 08:27 am
I follow you on twitter, I'm @TheLittleKitchn
tami says:
November, 07 2011at 07:44 am
I liked Virginia on FB
November, 07 2011at 04:47 pm
Love love love this recipe! I am definitely giving it a whirl
Ken G. says:
November, 07 2011at 10:00 am
Because I've been hearing nothing but fantastic things about it on every freakin' food blog I follow.
maria says:
November, 07 2011at 09:45 am
So excited for this book and all of the tasty recipes!
Stefani says:
November, 08 2011at 02:54 am
I woud love to win this cookbook! So interested in how to dress up dishes for company..
November, 07 2011at 10:58 am
I would love this cookbook not just because it's by Virginia Willis but because I spent 10 wonderful years in the South, ya'll! I already stalk both of you; I think this one comment will have to suffice! :)
November, 07 2011at 10:22 am
omgoodness love Virginia Willis and would love to have southern cooking cookbook in my repertoire.
Brea says:
November, 07 2011at 10:12 am
I love trying out new recipes!!
Linda S. says:
November, 07 2011at 09:36 am
I follow you on twitter: ljskop.
tiffany says:
November, 07 2011at 09:27 am
I would love to win a copy of this book. I love Southern cooking.
Linda S. says:
November, 07 2011at 09:35 am
I'm looking for more ways to use root vegetables and bitter greens in my diet. This cookbook sounds like it will help!
JulieD says:
November, 07 2011at 08:33 am
I like Virginia on facebook.
Kelly says:
November, 06 2011at 08:32 pm
I would enjoy trying some recipes from this cookbook. Thanks!
tami says:
November, 07 2011at 07:43 am
I follow ingredients inc on FB.
tami says:
November, 07 2011at 07:42 am
Would love to cook from this book.
JulieD says:
November, 07 2011at 07:12 am
I would to win because I love Virginia Willis! I saw her speak at FBF ATL & loved it!
Jessica says:
November, 07 2011at 04:25 am
Great giveaway Alison! I would love to win the cookbook because Virgina Willis rocks my world and I somehow forgot to preorder my copy! So..winning it would of course be awesome! ;-)
erin says:
November, 06 2011at 09:52 pm
I follow Virginia on twitter.
erin says:
November, 06 2011at 09:43 pm
I like Ingredients, Inc on facebook.
erin says:
November, 06 2011at 09:44 pm
I like Viginia on facebook.
erin says:
November, 06 2011at 09:41 pm
YUM! Southern food is AMAZING. I would LOVE this cookbook.
erin says:
November, 06 2011at 09:42 pm
I follow Alison on twitter.
Jeanette says:
November, 07 2011at 10:49 pm
Love the combination of greens in this butternut squash dish - and would love to see more recipes like this in Virginia's new cookbook!
Cee says:
November, 07 2011at 05:56 pm
I'd like to win as every recipe on the Amazon page sounds delicious--especially the okra cornmeal cakes!
November, 07 2011at 08:07 pm
I'm a big fan of both Virginia Willis and Helene Dujardin!
November, 07 2011at 08:07 pm
I already follow you on Twitter.
November, 07 2011at 08:08 pm
I follow you on Facebook too.
November, 07 2011at 08:09 pm
Following Virginia Willis on Twitter.
November, 07 2011at 08:46 pm
The question should be, why would I not want to have this cookbook. ;-) The answer is, of course, that Virginia is awesome and I would love to add this book to my collection.
November, 07 2011at 08:47 pm
I like you on Facebook.
November, 07 2011at 08:48 pm
I like Virginia on Facebook.
November, 07 2011at 08:48 pm
I follow you on Twitter.
November, 07 2011at 08:49 pm
Phewww...I follow Virginia on Twitter, too!
Stefani says:
November, 08 2011at 02:56 am
Already following you on Twitter!
Stefani says:
November, 08 2011at 02:57 am
Liked Ingredients, Inc. on Facebook!
Stefani says:
November, 08 2011at 02:59 am
Following Virginia Willis on Twitter!
Stefani says:
November, 08 2011at 03:00 am
Liked Virginia Willis on Facebook!
Judy says:
November, 09 2011at 07:07 am
What a nice giveaway. Would love to win this cookbook.
Judi says:
November, 09 2011at 04:31 pm
I already follow you and Virginia on Twitter, but have now liked you on Facebook.
Faye says:
November, 10 2011at 05:22 pm
I have her 1st cookbook, and love it; I'm sure this one is great, as well. The gratin looks delicious!
November, 10 2011at 05:26 pm
One of my friends made the grits with sweet potato recipe (Basic) from Virginia's book and it was amazing. She also made the grits souffle (Brilliant). I can only imagine how 'brilliant' all of the rest of the recipes are in this book! Plus, Helene doing the photography... I'm sold :)
November, 10 2011at 05:27 pm
I already follow you on Twitter
November, 10 2011at 05:28 pm
And already like you on FB! :)
November, 10 2011at 05:29 pm
Already follow Virginia on Twitter
November, 10 2011at 05:29 pm
And now, I'm also Virginia's newest fan on FB :D
November, 10 2011at 08:47 pm
I am a southern taught cook and Virginia Willis is definitely one of my favorite cookbook authors! Liz lanzaelizabeth77 at gmail dot com
November, 10 2011at 08:54 pm
I follow Alison Lewis on twitter @fresh_plate lanzaelizabeth77 at gmail dot com
November, 10 2011at 08:56 pm
I follow Ingredients,inc on fb as Fresh Plate
November, 10 2011at 08:57 pm
I follow Virginia Willis on twitter @fresh_plate
November, 10 2011at 08:58 pm
I follow Virginia on Facebook (Fresh Plate)

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