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.