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usually butternut. You can do the same with any “pumpkin” pie, bread, or muffin recipe. Simple baked Winter Squash You can prepare squash this way as a savory side dish, or as the first step for making recipes calling for squash puree, such as soups, breads, or pies. Simply cool the cooked squash, and then puree in a food processor. » 1 large butternut or 2 small winter squashes (acorn, delicata, kabocha, or red kuri) cut in half, seeded » 2 teaspoons olive oil Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat roasting pan or glass baking dish with oil. Put squash, cut side down, in baking dish. Bake squash until a fork goes in easily. The red kuri and kabocha cook more quickly, and their thin skins will be tender and edible. If you like, turn the squash cut-side up and put a few tablespoons of butter in each before serving. If you want something special, stir in a little cream cheese or fresh chevre. Winter Squash Soup with Sage » 1 tablespoon butter » 1 tablespoon olive oil » 2 cups chopped onions » 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley » 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish » 4 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled seeded winter squash » 1-1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt » 1 garlic clove, minced » 5 to 6 cups chicken broth Melt butter with oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onions, parsley and sage; sauté until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add squash and salt. Sauté until squash softens and onions are golden, about 6 minutes. Add garlic; stir 1 min- ute. Add 5 cups stock; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until squash is very soft, about 25 minutes. Cool slightly. Working in batches, puree soup in blender. Return soup to pot. Thin with stock or cream, if desired. Season with pep- per and more salt, if desired. Ladle soup into bowls. If you like, sprinkle with breadcrumbs, crumbled bacon, and/or freshly chopped sage. Terra Brockman is author of The Sea- sons on Henry’s Farm, available at terra brockman.com. She is also founder of The Land Connection, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving farmland, training new farmers and connect- ing consumers with local food. Visit theland connection.org to learn more. mindfulmetropolis.com 27

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