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Beef and Pork


Greg Nauta of Rocky Canyon sells beef and pork at the farmers market.  He has traditional cuts like rib eyes and flank steaks, but he also sells ground beef, shoulder and chuck roasts.  His bacon is also very popular.  

Butternut Squash

Sassan Rostamian is the chef/owner of Sauce on Hampton.  He is making a butternut squash soup with a sweet corn topping.  To prepare the squash, peel it, cut it into cubes, toss with olive oil then roast until tender.  You can also halve the squash and roast whole and scoop out the flesh.  Sassan uses water in his soup instead of broth or cream.

Butternut Squash Soup
1 med-large butternut squash (roughly 3-4#) -- peeled, seeded, and cubed. 
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large onion, diced -- the sweeter the better.
5 cloves garlic, minced. 
1/2 tsp Chinese fivespice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Water to cover. 
1 ear Sweet White Corn -- grilled or broiled to blacken the outer surface, kernels removed from the ear. 
1-2 tsp Smoked Paprika depending on strength and smokiness of your paprika. 
1 Tablespoon Schaner farms Lemon Mint Garlic Vinegar
1 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Fresh chopped Italian Flatleaf Parsley. 
Toss squash with a bit of EVOO, Chinese fivespice, salt and pepper, and roast in pre-heated 400 degree oven until just barely fork tender. 45-60 min depending on oven, size of cut, and moisture content/density of squash, you will smell when they are ready.

Meanwhile caramelize onion in EVOO until golden-brown. 20-30 min. Add garlic and cook for 2-3 min. Add squash, and just enough water to cover all ingredients. The amount of water you use will determine the final consistency of your soup. Remember, you can always add a bit more liquid later...Puree in a blender until smooth.


For the topping simply toss the grilled blackened corn kernels with the EVOO, smoked paprika, infused vinegar, and chopped parsley. Use liberally, it provides a great tangy smoky counterpoint to the sweet earthy squash soup. Enjoy!!  


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