Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Charlotte Local Eats Turns 2!

I can't believe it was two years ago that I wrote my first post on our local food journey. Since then, I have posted almost 100 items including recipes, guest bloggers, and book reviews on the advantages of eating locally and today is no different...

Recently I visited the Atherton Market and saw the most beautiful squash:

Congratulations to Anna Mallett Stewart for knowing that this is a Pennsylvania Dutch Crooked Neck Squash!
This thing weighed easily seven or eight pounds and was approximately the size of a large purse. I learned quickly that I needed to sharpen my chef's knife to get the squash down to size. But, like its close cousin the butternut squash, as soon as I had 3-4 inch chunks, it baked easily and was soon ready for soup. I used my butternut squash soup recipe but increased the other ingredients by about half because there was so much squash to go around. It ended up making close to a gallon of soup!

Just a friendly reminder that I love getting recipes or hearing about local food experiences so send them along to I can't wait to see what will happen in the next two years of local eating!


  1. I bought one of these squash and also made soup! I used a recipe for pumpkin soup with coconut milk and it was delicious.

  2. Hi Sarah,
    I love reading your blog! I see that on your list of healthy places in Charlotte that Just Fresh isn't on there. If you're not familiar with them, they are a small group of cafes mostly in Uptown that specialize in healthy food for people on the go. I work right near where they are opening a new cafe- it's going to be right in the Ally Center. I'm very excited. I think you and your readers would love their food! They have great breakfast and lunch options that are so yummy and healthy! This is their website Enjoy!!!