Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with a spacious kitchen. They often bring some of their market's best ingredients home with them and cook up a feast, and when they're not cooking at home, they're working with the staff at Marczyk's to create recipes for the rest of us to enjoy, often turning to Whitney Ariss, a home cook and the market's marketing project manager and events coordinator, for inspiration.
"There are so many things I love about squash, not the least of which is how sturdy they are," says Arris. "A lot of people like to peel the squash, dice up the flesh and freeze it raw, which is a perfectly decent method, except for one thing: The prep work sucks," she admits. Instead, advises Arris, who shares her roasted squash recipe on the next page, roast the squash first, scrape the flesh from the skin and then freeze it. "Having precooked squash on hand is fodder for near-instant meals, plus it makes squash soup or sauce a cinch and doesn't require any fancy knife work, which makes it faster and less dangerous for those home cooks who have less-than-great knife skills," she notes.
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