This week’s theme for the I Heart Cooking Club is utilizing in season ingredients. Even though I live in a city like New York City where much of our food is imported so getting a mango in December or butternut squash in May is never a problem, I still try to buy in season produce to get the best quality ingredients. The taste is much better when the produce has not been in a hot house for 6 months or travelled over oceans so that we can enjoy it off season weeks after it has been picked.

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Right now, pumpkins and all varieties of winter squash are in season. I picked up a butternut squash at the Union Square Farmer’s Market and utilized it in this Donna Hay recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Butternut Squash

Serves 4
Ingredients:
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and quartered
12 bacon slices
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 325 F.
Season squash quarters with salt and pepper.
Wrap 3 slices of bacon around each squash quarter.
Place in a baking dish. Add olive oil and turn around squash quarters to coat with the oil on all sides.
Roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until squash is tender and bacon is crispy. (I cooked it for longer than her recipe suggested so that the bacon could become more crispy)

Although I love bacon as much as the next person, I thought it was a bit overpowering in this. You definitely need a fresh, green salad to accompany this to combat the pork fat.

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Chef Mireille