What’s in Season? Winter Squash!
December 31, 2007
Calling all cooks: Living Small is in need of winter squash recipes.
I’m terrible when it comes to seasonal eating. I bought an avocado a few days ago. I don’t think the Pacific Northwest has ever, in history, produced an avocado. Yet I wanted one, so I went to the store and bought one.
Ditto the satsumas I so eagerly await all year, grown by the solar-powered, certified organic Johansen Ranch in northern California, a mere 650 miles away as the semi drives. Yes, the Johansen Ranch is doing good by Mother Nature through its pesticide-free, energy-efficient farming practices. But who cares how energy efficient they are if I’m fueling the mandarin market (and a fleet of 18-wheelers) up here in the Great Wet North? Not to mention the clams I have to shell out for those little beauties — upwards of 13 bucks a box. Sure, they last me a week, but how sustainable is this practice in the long term? I can tell myself to eat in-season nibbles all year, cuz hey: at any point in time, oranges and avocados and those yummy-nummy berries are in-season somewhere, right? Ha. Nice try.
So last night, Husband and I decided to go locavore. We strolled to the co-op, primed to buy some in-season, local grub. And what did we find in abundance, grown both locally and organically, all for the sweet price of 99 cents/pound? Say it with me: Winter Squash!
We’d just finished off a bucketful of delicata squash we’d received as part of our CSA storage share. We had thrice used said delicatas to great effect in this recipe for a delectable squash lasagna. (Chef Hubby substitutes cottage cheese for the ricotta, and the aforementioned delicata for the acorn squash, fyi. And for the vegans out there, a modification.) But what else to do with a winter squash? I think I’ve made butternut squash soup before; there’s one idear. Maybe delicata risotto? But what else? Please share your squash sensations. Much as I love lasagna, I don’t think I can (or should) eat it nightly.
Note: I did purchase a box of orange gold last night as well. Come on, people; they were on sale. Only a tenner per box. Let’s hope the co-op stops receiving them. My willpower is weak at this time of year.