With so many different foods available today - not just at the grocery, but at the farmers markets, warehouse stores, specialty food stores and on-line - one of the difficulties when selecting from our enormous marketplace is figuring out when something is worth a high price. This week, I'd like to share three of foods that I believe are actually worth the extra cost and time it takes to procure them.
Several years ago, while shopping for 9 pumpkins the day after Halloween (don't ask...), I stumbled on an end-of-season farmstand sale on butternut squash and bought 10 of them. They keep very well in a cool dry place, so I tucked them under my heating oil tank for the winter, cooking them over a period of 6 months. Although I always enjoy butternut squash from the grocery, I was shocked at how much better these special squash tasted than their grocery-store counterparts. When I got down to the last three, I determined that they must be hoarded for special occasions. I would not cook them for just anyone, a guest or event had to be "squash worthy" for me to put my special squash on the menu. If you happen on farmstand butternut squash while shopping for your Halloween pumpkins, buy one and try my butternut sage squash soup recipe here.
Life is short and we are busy..but if you do find yourself near a farmstand or in the organic section of your local grocery, pick up some special raspberries, squash or chicken. No matter how you prepare them, you will not regret your purchase!