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Back to School Series, Part 2 Learning How to Cook

Butternut squash and butternut squash pie, recipes below

I enrolled in Herkimer County Community College (HCCC) in the Mohawk Valley in the fall of 1981.  At the time, HCCC did not have dorms so I shared an apartment downtown with a teammate on the school’s lacrosse team. My cooking skills and love of cooking came alive at HCCC out of necessity. My limited budget shaped what I cooked and as a result I developed a love of vegetables like squash because you could purchase a lot for a little.

I would bake acorn squash in the oven for about 45 minutes to a hour and eat it with butter, sugar, and cinnamon on top. The seeds I baked in the oven on a cookie sheet with plenty of seasoning on them. Later I learned that squash were full of nutrients as well as inexpensive. 

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