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26 September 2018  

Winter Squash Is Here

Now that fall is really here (mostly) we are seeing the seasonal change in our produce departments and at the Farmer’s Market. Summer fruits are still available, but the prices are climbing. One major new arrival is moderately priced winter squash.

All squash are members of the gourd family, also called cucurbits. Summer Squash and Winter Squash can be told apart by the skin (much thicker and harder in winter squash, giving it a superior keeping quality) and the seeds, which are fully developed in a ripe winter squash. Although not available in supermarkets, baby winter squash can come from home gardens and local growers, and can be cooked much like a summer squash.

Winter squash is coming in now, and the prices are dropping. Baking is a traditional way to cook winter squash, usually cut in half, seeds removed, and baked at 325 F to 350 F. (be sure to cook first with the cut side down, then when mostly done turn over and add whatever flavorings you like, BUTTER, oil, honey, brown sugar, herbs, cooked rice, etc.

Sometimes it is difficult to cut the squash in half. Did you know you can microwave it? Pierce the outer skin in several places, and then place it in the microwave in a baking dish, or on a plate with a paper towel. You can microwave it for a few minutes until it has softened, and then finish baking in the oven if you like. Spaghetti squash is really nice in the microwave.

My all time favorite is called Delicata. Try it and you’ll see why. In addition to the flavor, I like that each squash is the perfect size for 2 servings.

Tip Of The Day

The best way to get the seeds out of a raw winter squash is with a grapefruit spoon. It has a serrated edge and pointy tip!

October is Apple Month—So Try Some New Varieties

Apple of the Week—Cripp’s Pink

Cripp’s Pink is another name for Pink Lady. Pink Lady is a proprietary name trademarked by a group of orchardists, but the variety itself is now being sold under the name Cripp’s Pink by other growers. A cross of Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, the Cripp’s Pink is a good cooking apple, not surprisingly considering its’ parentage. The pink coloring is concentrated near the skin. I always put some in my applesauce for the color. By cooking the quarters with the skin on, cooling and then scraping off the flesh with a spoon, the color is enhanced.

They are also good raw, especially in salads where the color is quite attractive.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—Buy 5 Save $5 continues, remember you must buy in multiples of 5.

Safeway—$5 Friday Sept 28, One Day Only. Safeway has a lot of baking items on sale this week, chocolate chips, sugar and flour, and many others. It’s not too early to stock up for the Holiday Season.
     - Scream’n Deal—33% off Handifoil Foilware and Good Cooks Gadgets

Sprouts—Organic Sale, Low Prices on Organic Items throughout the store.

National Days This Week

September 26Key Lime Pie Day** (this recipe isn’t for a pie, it’s for a torte. But there is a pie recipe down below.)
September 27Chocolate Milk
September 28Strawberry Cream Pie Day
September 29Coffee Day and Mocha Day
September 30Mulled Cider Day
October 1World Vegetarian Day
October 2National French Fried Scallops Day

**Question—Are Key Limes and Mexican Limes the Same Thing?

Answer—They come from the same variety of the lime tree, but the ones growing the Florida Keys are grown under different conditions, soil, water, climate, than the ones in Mexico. The flavor is not the same. (Just like coffee and chocolate grown in different places taste different.) We’re not likely to ever see any actual Florida Key limes here in AZ—so we’re probably better off using the regular “Persian” limes, which are way less expensive and easier to juice than the smaller Mexican “Keys.” (It’s likely that the Mexicans are not uniform in flavor either, since they come from different parts of the country. So maybe you should buy one and test it out before you decide which limes to use.)

Menus

Day 1
Herbed Chicken Breast
Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa
Citrus Salad
Key Lime Pie

Herbed Chicken Breast

Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa
Quinoa cooking technique + roasted veggies

Citrus Salad

Key Lime Pie
Just like my Mom used to make—really.

Items On Sale

Chicken Breast B/S—$1.47/lb @Safeway, $1.99/lb @Sprouts, Buy 1 Get 2 Free @Fry’s
Winter Squash, Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti—$.88/lb @Sprouts, $.99/lb @Fry’s, $.99/lb @Safeway
Bell Peppers—$1.50/each @Sprouts (O), Green only $.50/each @Safeway
Oranges—$2.99/3 lb bag @Safeway, Clip or Click Coupon
Mandarines—$2.97/3 lb bag @Fry’s, Seedless
Greens—$2.50/bag @Fry’s, Dole or Kroger blends, $3/each @Safeway, Taylor Farms or Fresh Express Kits, when you buy 3, $3.99/each otherwise. $4.99/lb @Sprouts (O) Sprouts brand

Day 2
Seafood Medley (sort of)
Strawberry Salad
Lemon Cake

Seafood Medly (sort of)
Interesting technique.
Obviously you could use any seafood and most veggies

Strawberry Salad

Lemon Cake

Items On Sale

Sea Scallops—$9.99/lb @Sprouts
Bay Scallops—$5/lb bag @Safeway, Fri. only
Shrimp—$4.99/lb @Sprouts, med. raw, $10/2 lb bag @Safeway, small cooked, $6.99/20 @Fry’s, 20 ct, frozen large
Strawberries—$1.88/2 lb @Safeway, first 2, $1.25/lb @Sprouts, $ 1.25/lb @Fry’s
Greens—$2.50/bag @Fry’s, Dole or Kroger blends, $4.99/lb @Sprouts, (O)

 

Day 3
Beef Stew
Maple Walnut Apple Salad
Crusty Bread
Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Beef Stew
Easy but good technique.
Bottom Round or Cross Rib would also be good. Petite Sirloin does not have enough connective tissue.

Maple Walnut Apple Salad

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie
I wonder how this would taste with raspberry jam?

Items On Sale

Beef Roasts—$2.79/lb @Sprouts, Rump $3.99/lb @Safeway, Chuck, Cross Rib, Bottom Round, $2.99/lb @Fry’s, Eye of Round.
Stew Meat—$4.99/lb @Sprouts
Apples—$1.48/lb @Sprouts, Honeycrisp, $1.50/lb @Sprouts (O) Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith, $1.99/lb @Fry’s, Honeycrisp
Greens—$2.50/bag @Fry’s, Dole or Kroger blends, $3/each @Safeway, Taylor Farms or Fresh Express Kits, when you buy 3, $3.99/each otherwise. $4.99/lb @Sprouts (O) Sprouts brand
Strawberries—$1.88/2 lb @Safeway, first 2, $1.25/lb @Sprouts, $ 1.25/lb @Fry’s
Bread—$1.29/each @Fry’s, Fresh Baked French

Day 4 (Breakfast)
Mocha or Chocolate Milk
Western Omelette
Fruit Plate

Mocha

Chocolate Milk
Or refrigerate if you want it cold.

Western Omelette

Items On Sale

Eggs—$1.49/dz @Safeway, wi coupon, first2
Milk—$.88/ 1/2 gal. @Fry’s
Bell Peppers—$1.50/each @Sprouts (O), Green only $.50/each @Safeway
Cheese—$3.99/lb @Sprouts, Swiss, in bulk, $$1.25/pkg @Safeway, Lucerne, Fri. only, $1.49/pkg @Fry’s, Kraft, Buy 5 sale, 2.49/12-16 oz pkg @Fry’s, Kroger or Sargento
Cantaloupe—$.97/each @Safeway
Grapes—Red, Green, Black, Seedless $1.98/lb @Sprouts (O), $1.99/lb @Safeway
Grapes—$1.99.lb @Fry’s, MOONDROPS Black Seedless, unusual shape, perfect for a fruit plate
Strawberries—$1.88/2 lb @Safeway, first 2, $1.25/lb @Sprouts, $ 1.25/lb @Fry’s
Apples—$1.48/lb @Sprouts, Honeycrisp, $1.50/lb @Sprouts (O) Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith, $1.99/lb @Fry’s, Honeycrisp
Raspberries—$1.67/box @Safeway, first 3, Friday only
Pears—$.98/lb @Sprouts, Bartlett, D’Anjou, Bosc or Red

Day 5
Stuffed Squash/Pumpkin
Greek Salad
Mulled Cider

Stuffed Squash/Pumpkin

Greek Salad

Mulled Cider

Items On Sale

Winter Squash, Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti—$.88/lb @Sprouts, $.99/lb @Fry’s, $.99/lb @Safeway (Safeway may have others, theirs just says “variety”)
Greens—$2.50/bag @Fry’s, Dole or Kroger blends, $3/each @Safeway, Taylor Farms or Fresh Express Kits, when you buy 3, $3.99/each otherwise. $4.99/lb @Sprouts (O) Sprouts brand
Tomatoes—$.98/lb @Sprouts, on-the-vine & Hothouse, $2.50/dry pt @Sprouts, snacking
Tomatoes— $.77/lb on-the-vine @Fry’s $2.99/lb @Safeway, on-the-vine,

Day 6
Vegetarian Fried Rice
Green Salad
Baked Winter Squash
Flourless Chocolate Cake

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Winter Squash 3 ways: Baked and Stuffed

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Items On Sale

Eggs—$1.49/dz @Safeway, wi coupon, first2
Greens—$2.50/bag @Fry’s, Dole or Kroger blends, $3/each @Safeway, Taylor Farms or Fresh Express Kits, when you buy 3, $3.99/each otherwise. $4.99/lb @Sprouts (O) Sprouts brand
Tomatoes—$.98/lb @Sprouts, on-the-vine & Hothouse, $2.50/dry pt @Sprouts, snacking
Tomatoes— $.77/lb on-the-vine @Fry’s $2.99/lb @Safeway, on-the-vine,
Winter Squash, Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti—$.88/lb @Sprouts, $.99/lb @Fry’s, $.99/lb @Safeway (Safeway may have others, theirs just says “variety”)