Abstract: The name comes from the fact that electrical engineers use a color code to indentify the value of certain components. White onion, green Zucchini and yellow squash would mark a resistor with a value of 950K ohms.
Serves: 2 authors and 1 small dog and 1 medium sized dog
Lead time: 10 minutes old fashioned way, 15 minutes microwave method
Tools: 4 quart sauce pan, small skillet, chopping knife, colander (microwave steamer for alternate method)
Bill of Materials:
White onion 1 medium sized
Zucchini 1 approximately 6-8 inches long
Acorn squash 1 medium (pick out long skinny one)
Butter 2 tablespoons
Cinnamon 1-½ tablespoons
Nutmeg 2 teaspoons
Thyme 1 large pinch
Put water into sauce pan and set burner on high. Peel and slice the onion into 1/8 inch slices. Quarter the slices and separate the segments. Slice the Zucchini and squash into thin (1/16 inch) slices. If the squash fat end is too large, those slices should be quartered. The water should be boiling briskly when you finish slicing the veggies. Dump the veggies into the water and cook until they begin to soften - about 3 minutes. Melt the butter in the small skillet. Pour veggies into colander to thoroughly drain off water. Put veggies into the melted butter. Uniformly distribute cinnamon, nutmeg and thyme over them. Stir mixture for about 2 minutes making sure all the veggies are coated with the spices. Serve.
(Alternate preparation) Chop everything up the same way. Dump it into one of those microwave steamer gadgets. Cut the butter in little chunks and sprinkle it and the spices on top of the veggies. Put on the lid and shake to spread the spices around. Pop the thing into the microwave and steam on high power for 10 minutes.