Stranger Things

I went to pick up my veggies from Chris this week and it was as beautiful as always.  From my basket, I have made salsa, apple butter, and eggplant pizzas. But as I was unloading my box into my take home basket I was very confused at this “new to me” veggie……

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So I dove in and started asking questions.

What is it?

The google answer was: Cupcake squash is a hybrid cultivar of the botanical classification, Cucurbita pepo. It is a variety of summer squash or “soft squash”, as it has an immature edible skin opposed to winter squash which has a hardened skin and longer shelf life.

I was excited at the word soft.  Because soft often means quicker cooking.  And you can eat the skin.

How do you cook it?

Shaped like a cupcake, delectable oblate 2-5” fruits parts perfectly calibrated flavor: somewhat sweet, somewhat savory. A go-to squash for roasting, slicing, grilling, boiling, and stuffing, ‘Cupcake’ combines patty-pan’s rich, sweet flavor and zucchini’s soft skin. Large, trailing plant yields dozens of round, green squash. This variety does it all.


So we will be grilling our squash!

I will marinate them in:

Vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and thyme in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and gradually whisk in the olive oil. Slice both of the squash diagonally into 1/4″ thick slices. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the marinade into a small bowl, cover and set aside.

And then throw them on the grill with some steaks.

I found this interesting video about squash that you might enjoy.


Happy Grilling!



I am a wife and stay-at-home homeschooling mum of 4. I could sit all day and read cook books and learn new recipes. I love that I get fresh, clean, healthy food delivered each week that we as a family get to incorporate into our diets. We strive to eat very little grain and really limit our processed sugars. The CSA is a HUGE help in this.

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