Get the Butternut Squash Toast Recipe Mindy Kaling ‘Couldn’t Stop Thinking About’

10/21/2015 at 05:43 PM ET

Mindy Kaling butternut squash toast
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Sometimes you have to go to great lengths to satisfy a craving — just ask Mindy Kaling.

On Wednesday, The Mindy Project star posted a picture on Instagram with a caption that tells a classically delicious love story.

She begins: “So on Friday I was lucky enough to have dinner with friends at ABC Kitchen and we had the butternut squash toast.” Mmmhmm, we dig squash too. We’re listening.

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“Today at work I couldn’t stop thinking about them so I found the recipe online and after we wrapped I made them.” Thinking about and Googling food while you should be working — yup, still with you, Mindy.

“I seriously never cook and this took three pans and caramelizing onions and mint garnish and a fancy salt that costs more than my life. Then I took off my makeup and had it for dinner. The end! This was a compelling story.”

Indeed it was — and now we’re sufficiently hungry. Luckily, we have the power of Google, too, and were able to find this divine-slash-complicated-sounding recipe from ABC Kitchen‘s chef Jean-Georges on the New York Times site.

Mindy is correct in her description of the recipe process: It does require three pans (one baking sheet and two skillets, to be precise), caramelizing onions, and garnishing with mint (fancy!).

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Labor intensive? Possibly, but when you think about the end result bread fried in olive oil until golden and piled with ricotta cheese, caramelized seasonal veggies, and a sprinkling of fresh herb  it all seems worth it. Plus, if you’ve never caramelized onions before, it is actually a beautiful, transformative experience.

And as for the fancy salt? The recipe just calls for coarse salt, so how exorbitant you want to be under that guideline is up to you.

Now get to cooking before the laziness takes over and you wake up on the couch in a pile of Chinese takeout containers.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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How about the ACTUAL recipe, People? I don’t need Mindy Kaling’s life story–I just need the measurements to make the dish.

Tara on

I am going to try it!

Anonymous on

the ACTUAL recipe IS in the article-if you click the link! “divine-slash-complicated-sounding recipe ” is the link…

Larry Jackson on

Looks soo good. I love getting ideas like this. I’ll try making it for my wife tomorrow. I also like browsing around for other sites like this. Here is my favorite database? does anyone else use it?