Tag: squash

Roasted Mini Pumpkins with Wild Rice Stuffing

Fall is in the air with Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner.  Most bodegas in the city sell pumpkins (in addition to the many grocery stores and farmers markets.)  You can also head out to the Queens County Farm which is a real working farm in the borough and pick out a few which is a nice weekend date or activity with friends.

I bought a few pumpkins and put together a little appetizer that would be perfect before Thanksgiving dinner.

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3 Squash Soup: Calabaza, Amber Cup and Kabocha

There are so many varieties of squash in season right now.  I am most familiar with a handful such as Butternut, Acorn and Delicata.  However, there are many other’s I always look at but then walk right past.  I decided to make a squash soup using different squash I don’t normally buy and the end result was great.

These three squash; Kabocha, Calabaza and Amber cup work really well together. There is a natural mild sweetness in this soup which I really enjoyed.

Beer Battered Delicata Squash Chips

Fall squash are some of my favorite ingredients to work with.  Spanning from soups to stew, roasted to mashed, there is no shortage of preparations.  So one afternoon, I was looking at a few delicata squash on my counter and asked a very simple question.  Why not fried?

My general philosophy (one of many) in life is: fried = good and beer battered + fried = better.

Fried Cucuzza Squash

You go in your your local grocery store and see a 2 foot long squash.  It is thin, green and says “cucuzza.”  If you had Italian grandparents growing up you might be familiar with this food.  I called my mom for suggestions on preparation and was told when she was a kid her family would dip in a light batter and fry them up.  Below is my easy to prepare recipe for Cucuzza squash.

Baked Squash and Garlic Soup

By Seth Fera-Schanes Space comes at a premium in New York and no more so than in the tiny kitchens that are jammed into the 400 square foot apartments found throughout this city.  What should be a simple meal preparation actually poses a challenge due to the lack […]