The chicken man was selling squash. I had no idea what the patty pan-shaped, pale blue one was; but I knew it would be perfect for #Squashlove.
The chicken man had no idea of the variety of the flattened globe squash either. His fortee is beautiful Ameraucana hens that produce pale blue eggs (not blue squash.) As a side note, around our local farmers market, the chicken man is also known as Santa Claus, in recognition of his snowy white hair, his bushy beard and his patience with children – to whom he loves to acquaint with the chickens which accompany him to market. So the chicken man sold me the squash, threw in some peppers too, and gave my kids a few eggs with which to have egg/spoon races through the crowds of people at the market.
Once home, I did A LOT of researching of squash varieties and I’m beginning to believe this is a hybrid – maybe between a white Swan White acorn and a Baby Boo? Regardless, I knew any squash would be delicious (to replace pumpkin puree) in my favorite Honey Date Pumpkin muffins. I’ve been perfecting this recipe for some time. Most of the sweetness comes from dates – as the muffin itself is not super sweet. I love the nutty addition of whole wheat flour.
To prepare the squash puree, I just roasted the whole (uncut) mystery squash. I’ve been doing this lately with pumpkin and it’s so much easier to slice open a soft squash and the seeds and membrane are easier to scoop out too.
This Month’s SquashLove Bloghop is co-hosted by:
Baker Street | Anuradha : @bakerstreet29
Bloc De Recetas | Salomé : @blocderecetas
Bon à croquer | Valerie : @valouth
Cafe Terra Blog | Terra : @cafeterrablog
Elephant Eats | Amy
Food Wanderings | Shulie : @foodwanderings
Hobby and More | Richa : @betit19
Mike’s Baking | Mike : @mikesbaking
Mis Pensamientos | Junia : @juniakk
My Twisted Recipes | Dudut : @mytwistedrecipe
No One Like Crumbley Cookies | T.R : @TRCrumbley
Queens Notebook | Elizabeth : @mango_queen
Simply Reem | Reem : @simplyreem
Skip To Malou | Malou : @malou_nievera
Teaspoon Of Spice | Serena : @tspcurry
The Daily Palette | Annapet : @thedailypalette
The Professional Palette | Regan : @profpalate
The Spicy RD | EA : @thespicyrd
Vegan Miam | Rika : @veganmiam
Please join in on the #squashove fun by linking up any squash recipe from the month of November 2011. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #squashlove event! The twitter hashtag is #squashlove.