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Sales, Menus & Recipes: Squash

16 October 2019  
Squash—An American Fall Fruit

Although we think of squash as a vegetable, it is technically the fruit of a group of vines in the genus cucurbita. These plants are native to both North and South America and some of the ancestral  species are still growing there, although they are not edible since they contain bitter chemicals which are both unpalatable and dangerous. 

There are both summer squash and winter squash. Summer squash are picked and eaten before they attain true maturity. They have thin edible skins. Winter squash are usually left on the vine to mature until they have thick inedible skins and hard, fully formed seeds. Sometimes acorn squashes are picked very small and can be used like summer varieties.

The squash was the earliest plant domesticated in the new world. It is estimated to have been domesticated five times in different locations. The earliest domestication event, in Mexico, is thought to be at least 8,000 years ago, and maybe as early as 10,000 years ago. It is easy to see how this could have happened, since anyone who has put pumpkin or squash seeds in their compost pile knows that they germinate prolifically. 

The three main types of squash that are now important are known as pepo, which contains field pumpkins, acorn squash and summer squash, moschata, which contains butternut squash, and maxima, which contains turban type squash. Squash seems to hybridize readily and new types are being created even now, like the Honeynut, which has a butternut shape, only very small, and has an edible skin and a very sweet taste.

Squash has many uses, being made into pies, biscuits, custards, soups, cakes, cookies and more. Consider making your own pumpkin or squash purée. It’s easy and special.

Note: To make taking the seeds out of raw squash easy, use a grapefruit spoon. It has serrated edges. Don’t have a grapefruit spoon? Look in the Thrift Stores. 

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—the Buy 5 or More, Get $1 off each item continues with bargains like: Kashi Organic Promise or Heart to Heart Cereals, $1.99/box;  V8, Fusion or Blend juices, $1.99/each; Goldfish Crackers or Kraft bottled salad dressing, $.99/each. You can get 4x Fuel Points on dining and entertaining gift cards. Get 25% off any 6 bottles of wine and spirits, 750 ml., some brands excluded. Good Bargains on various Halloween items.

Safeway—Special Digital Coupon this Week: All Brand laundry detergent, liquid or mighty pacs, limit 2, limit 1 digital downloader household. Many clip or CLICK coupons: Shamrock Farms milk gallons, $1.67/each, limit 2; Signature Select vegetables, tomatoes, beans $.49/can & Chicken of the Sea chunk light tuna $.49/can; Duncan Hines frosting cake or brownie mix $.99/each. 

Sprouts—25% off  all Vitamin & Body Products, over 7,500 Top quality products on sale. Buy $100 worth of these products, Get an Extra 10% OFF. More than 250 Gluten Free products are 30% off, watch for special shelf tags. Select dried fruit in bulk bins is 35% Off.  And as always, Wednesday is Double Ad Day. Get last week’s and this week’s ad prices on Wednesday.

Special Food Days This Week

10/17—Pasta Day
10/18—Chocolate Cupcake Day
10/19—Seafood Bisque Day
10/20—Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
10/22—Nut Day

Some Suggestions for Cool Weather Food

Main Dishes

Pumpkin Soup
Pan Broiled Steak
Seafood Bisque
Chicken with Apples and Prunes
Baked Ziti

Salads and Sides

Stuffed Acorn Squah
Spaghetti Squash (This could also be a Main Dish)
With the Soups Especially, Crusty Garlic Bread
Rice or Quinoa
Butternut Squash Quinoa Bowls
Steamed Broccoli and Cauliflower
Butternut Squash Salad
Green Salad
Classic Waldorf Salad
Salad Nicoise—The Ultimate Composed Salad
Maple Not Apple Salad

Desserts

Pumpkin Pie
Bakery Treats
Chocolate Cupcakes
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Amazing Chocolate Cake
Fruit and Cheese Plate

Videos and Recipes

Pumpkin Soup

Seafood Bisque

Not the traditional French Bisque, but possible for us landlocked folks. Use whatever seafood you can find, a mixture of shellfish and finny fish. For extra fishy taste use a couple bottles of clam juice instead of some of the chicken stock (and if you didn’t use quite that much stock, maybe you wouldn’t need corn starch, which continues to get thicker as time goes on. Also maybe not use both chopped garlic and garlic powder.

Chicken with Apples and Prunes

Baked Ziti

Lidia Cooks a simple but special pasta casserole.

Sorry, I tried to find a published recipe for this, but I couldn’t find one. We’ll just have to go by her demonstration.

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash, Vegan, Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Spaghetti Squash

The technique of microwaving the squash whole makes seed removal so easy. 

Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Bowl

Butternut Squash Salad

Classic Waldorf Salad

An Apple Classic.

Salad Nicoise

A whole tutorial on building a salad.

Maple Nut Apple Salad

Use Walnuts, Pecans, Slivered Almonds…

Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Cupcakes in the Microwave

Interesting. Looks like you need paper cups that will stand up by themselves. Of course there are special microwave pans for this purpose. Might add some mini chocolate chips. I would put them on a microwaveable plate to cook. Since microwaves can be very different you may have to experiment a little to get the right amount of time and power. For even cooking place them in a ring around the outside of your plate .

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Amazing Chocolate Cake

This truly is amazing, so much chocolate. The idea of using cocoa powder to coat the cake pans is a winner.

Bonus

New York times Article, Know your Squash: How they Look—How they Cook

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/dining/winter-squash-varieties-guide.html

On Sale This Week

Meats

Beef Steak—$4.77/lb @Safeway, T-Bone, New York. $6.99/lb @Sprouts, T-Bone. $5.97/lb @Fry’s, boneless strip.4
Beef Roast—$2.99 @Safeway, top round, London Broil. $2.97/lb @Fry’s, boneless chuck, $4.49/lb @Fry’s, bottom round or London Broil. $5.99/lb @Sprouts, eye of round or London Broil.
Pork Roast—$1.99/lb @Sprouts, Pork shoulder roast, bone in, in bag.
Pork Chops—$1.47/lb @Safeway, bone in loin chops, shoulder steaks or country style ribs, bone in, $3.49/lb @Fry’s, boneless center cut chops.
Ham—$.99/lb @Fry’s, Sugerdale ham portions
Chicken—$.88/lb @Fry’s, bone in whole, legs or thighs. $1.47/lb @Safeway, B/S breasts, in butcher’s case.  $2.99/lb @Sprouts, tenders. 
Fish—$9.99/lb @Sprouts, Wild Salmon. $7.99/lb @Sprouts wild Tuna, Swordfish or Mahi Mahi. $5.99/lb @Fry’s, fresh Catfish or Tilapia.
Shell Fish—$5.99/lb @Sprouts, jumbo raw shrimp, $12.99/lb @Sprouts, wild jumbo sea scallops. $13.98/2 lb bag @Fry’s, jumbo raw white shrimp

Fruits and Vegetables

Apples—$.99/lb @Safeway, Fuji, Granny Smith. $.99/lb @ Fry’s, Gala, Granny Smith, Jazz,  $1.49/lb @Fry’s, Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, Envy, SweeTango. $1.98/lb @Sprouts, Honeycrisp (O)
Berries—$1.25/box @Sprouts, Blueberries or Blackberries. $3.50/box @Sprouts, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries (O). $3.34/box @Safeway, Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries. $4.99/9.8 oz box @Fry’s, Jumbo Blueberries
Grapes—$.75/lb @Safeway, red, green$.77/lb @Fry’s, red, black, $1.99/lb, Moondrops.  $1.68/lb @Sprouts, red, green, black (O)
Watermelon—$2.50/each @Sprouts, mini seedless
Pineapples—$2.50/each @Sprouts
Greens—$3/each @Sprouts, Organic Salads
Avocados—$.50/each @Sprouts, Haas. $.75/each @Fry’s, Haas large.
Tomatoes—$.98/lb @Sprouts, on-the-vine.  $1.49/lb @Safeway, on-the-vine. $2.50/10 oz box @Fry’s, snacking tomatoes. 
Cucumbers—$.50/each @Safeway $.77/each @Sprouts (O)
Bell Peppers—$.98/each @Sprouts, red, yellow, orange. 
Squash (winter)—$4/each $Fry’s, Pumpkins, $.99/lb @Fry’s, Acorn, Butternut or Spaghetti.
Celery—$.98/each @Sprouts
Cauliflower—$.98/lb @Sprouts. $.99/lb @Safeway
Broccoli—$.99/llb @Safeway, crowns
Squash (summer)—$.99/lb @Safeway, Italian
Green Beans—$1.49/lb @Safeway
Potatoes—$1.99/5 lb bag @Safeway, russet

Other Good Deals

Eggs—$.97/dz @Safeway, lg, with clip or click coupon, limit 2. BOGO @Sprouts, Red Hill Farms pasture raised, medium, brown. $3.49/18ct @Fry’s, Simple Truth Cage Free
Bakery Treats (Sprouts)—$4.99/each, whole, fruit pies. $3.49/each, Irish Soda Bread$3.99/each Artisan Bread, %5.49/box, Gluten Free Treats
Bakery Treats (Fry’s)—$2.99/10 ct box, Soft Top Cookies, $6.99/12ct box, large croissants. On Buy 5 sale. $6.99/12 ct, Halloween Decorated Cookies.
Bakery Treats (Safeway)—$1/box, 8 ct Pastry Bites,  or 3 ct Mini Turnovers, $6/each, Single Layer Cakes, 8 inch, assorted varieties
Yogurt—$.88 @Safeway, Dannon, Oikos or Lite and Fit, with coupon, limit 12
Canned Soup—$.99/each @Fry’s, Progresso, select varieties, MUST BUY 8 to get this price
Apple Cider Vinegar—@Sprouts, 35% off Bragg’s Vinegar and all other Bragg’s products
Bath Tissue (12 roll) or Paper Towels (6 rolls)—$2.99/pkg @Safeway, Fiora Brand
Cheerios—$1.49/box @Fry’s, on Buy 5 sale
Whole Cashews—$5.99/lb @Sprouts, in bulk foods, raw, roasted, salted, unsalted.

 

 

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Cindy LaMaster