Fresh picks at the market this month
If your winter squash repertoire is limited to butternut or acorn, it’s time you branched out a bit with kabocha squash. Kabocha, a medium-sized hard Japanese winter squash with variegated green skin and brilliant orange flesh, is tender and sweet when cooked, reminiscent of sweet potato. This is the squash traditionally used in tempura, but it can be enjoyed in a variety of ways: Roast and turn into soup, create a curry, add it to lasagna or risotto, make gnocchi, or make the most of its sweetness and bake a kabocha pie.
Back in Biz
Back in 2008, Joanne Squires-Sherif launched Cardamom Café and Bakery in North Park, which featured stunning croissants, brioche, and specialty breads like pan d’oro. After a brief respite, she is baking again, and selling her breads at the San Diego Public Market and La Costa Canyon farmers market. Her croissants—plain and stuffed—are magical, and don’t miss her holiday Stollen, the cardamom sour cream coffee cake, or the divine Hungarian sweet cheese bread. 2977 Upas Street, North Park
Sweet Vybz Cupcakes
The newest addition to San Diego’s cupcake scene is Sweet Vybz, owned by Daniel McKell and Timothy McIntosh (who won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars with his sister, Winnette). Try their goodies at the Mission Hills, Poway, and San Marcos farmers markets, where the duo sells three varieties: chocolate with sea salt milk chocolate frosting and Heath Bar crumble; pumpkin spice (the pumpkins are from Bates Farm) with cream cheese cinnamon frosting; and apple spice, with apples from Julian. sweetvybz.com