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Posted 10/17/2016 8:46am by Jennifer.

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This week everyone will receive butterkin squash.  The butterkin is a cross between a butternut squash and a pie pumpkin.  The result is a sweet, orange-fleshed squash with a relatively small seed cavity.  You can basically prepare it the same way you would a butternut or pie pumpkin:

  • Roast and puree for a pumpkin pie, cake, or muffins.  If you're not ready to bake right now, the puree can be placed in a freezer bag for later use.  Pumpkin Puree Recipe
  • Peel, cube, and roast with olive oil, salt & pepper, thyme, and garlic.  I sometimes eat this as is for a side dish, or I'll toss it with pasta, bacon, and nuts for a meal.  Spaghetti with Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Cut top like a jack-o-lantern, remove seeds, stuff with your favorite filling, put lid back on and roast in the oven.  Quinoa Stuffed Butterkin Squash
  • Remember, just like any other winter squash, butterkins are for storing.  So, if you can't get to cooking it right away there are no worries.  Winter squash will store on your counter for months!

You'll also be receiving some more bell peppers this week.  We were able to save some of our pepper plants from the recent frost (our farm actually was very close to a hard freeze) by covering with floating row cover.  In case you still have some extra peppers on hand, here's a new coleslaw recipe to try:

Bell Pepper Slaw

 

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Posted 10/4/2016 8:36am by Jennifer.

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With the damp, cloudy weather we had last week, it was the perfect opportunity to make some warm comfort food.  So I stuffed a couple butterkin & butternut squashes and the whole family loved them!  I used the following recipe as a guide.  I also added some cooked ground maple sausage to the stuffing mix.  If you don't have quinoa on hand, cooked rice would be good too, especially a wild rice.  This filling could be used for almost any winter squash:  acorn, butternut, butterkin, delicata, kabocha, etc.

Quinoa Cranberry Stuffed Squash

 

Looking for a sweeter way to enjoy a squash side dish?  Try stuffing it with another autumn favorite - apples.  

Apple Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

 

And for those of you that enjoy fermented foods, here's a link to a recipe for fermented squash.  Sounds cool!

Fermented Squash

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