Apples and Acorn Squash

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‘Tis the season for winter squash! I typically like throwing squash in a curry dish but I was in the mood to take it a sweeter route last night – and we have a bin full of local apples to use up. I had to work late last night so directed Jeremy on how to make this meal from my office:

1) Cut an acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds
2) Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of salt.
3) Stick cloves around the edge (apparently this was tricky…)
4) Fill the middle with chopped apples and sprinkle with cinnamon
5) Bake at 400F for 40-60 minutes (make sure to bake in a dish filled with about .5″ of water and cover with tin foil to keep from drying out).

Voila!

What’s your favorite winter squash recipe? I need to load up on ideas – we’ll be eating lots of it over the next few months.

P.S. I already mentioned how I love shopping at Native Roots but if you’re in OKC you have to check out Urban Agrarian. They used to sell local veggies out of a van on Sundays but now they have a permanent spot in Downtown OKC next to the old farmer’s market – they’re open Wed-Sun from 10am – 6pm.

  1. Molly

    Do you have any advice for eating local and in-season produce during the winter months when you live in a cold climate?

  2. Molly – It gets a little chilly here in Oklahoma through the winter but we still get plenty of sweet potatoes, leafy greens and squash through the winter. I’m not sure if our farmers use greenhouses through the winter or what. Fruit is definitely harder to come by unless you’ve been canning through the summer.

    Definitely look into your local farmer’s markets – you might be surprised as to what they have on hand through the winter.

    I hope that helps!

  3. This looks delicious! I am making squash, spinach, and gnocchi in a cream sauce tonight- so excited!

  4. That looks so good! I like to roast squash like that and then stick in in my blender w/a little veggie stock and make soup. Pretty much all I’ve been eating the past two months.

    xo Sarah
    http://sillygrrl.com

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  7. Hooray for Urban Agrarian! I’ve been promised a kitchen tour when we come home for Christmas.

    Many major cities, even northern ones, have at least one year-round farmers’ market. Farmers can use a variety of season extension measures ranging from cold frames and hoop houses to greenhouses. But many crops are more cold-friendly than you might suspect, like greens, radishes and other root veggies. There are also a lot of crops that store very well, so farmers can sell them well into December at least. Apples, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and turnips fall into this category, among others. And naturally, animal products and grains are a year-found food source almost everywhere.

  8. Nicole

    This looks like a bite of delicious winter perfection!

    I’m ashamed that I don’t even have a favorite way to cook up acorn squash. Might have to get right on that.

  9. thank you for this delicious recipe! used it in a pinch tonight!

  10. thank you for this delicious recipe! used it in a pinch tonight!

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