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Hi Meg, well I'm happy you found your squash! but at the same time I'm disheartened that it took you 13 years to find it.. I was just lamenting last night to a fellow food blogger how I haven't seen a single butternut or acorn squash yet in Paris, although I was still holding out hope.. so much so that I was planning on making a recipe calling for squash this weekend.. perhaps I'll have to put that recipe aside for now, or get myself over to that organic market. If I can find it that is :)

Try stuffing the next squash with couscous or some other grain. Here's an example (although probably not practical for you: I'm not sure you can find quinoa or maple syrup or dried cherries!):

http://bakingsheet.blogspot.com/2005/10/quinoa-stuffed-squash.html

Or ... just bake the squash plain again! Why try to improve on perfection? I like mine with butter and salt.

Michèle, the market is just outside the Rome metro stop, in the center of the Boulevard des Batignolles. This is where my confusion came from, as I ended up at the marché couvert des batignolles at 96 bis rue Lemercier in the 17th. When I read your comment, I thought it was stupid of me not to have included the address in the post. But when I went to look for it, I realized it really is a "phantom" market as it isn't in the list here:

http://www.paris.fr/portail/marches_parisiens/Portal.lut?page_id=5675&document_type_id=5&document_id=10926&portlet_id=12148

As for the squash question, the stand that had the acorn ones also had butternut squash and spaghetti squash! The stand is at the far end of the market as you walk away from the metro entrance, on the left side. Maybe I'll see you there one of these days!

Monica, I think the health food stores carry quinoa and I actually brought back a few packs of sweetened dried berries from my last trip to the US. I'll certainly post if I get round to trying it - thanks!

Hi Meg, thanks so much for the information, I will definitely check it out!

Curried squash soup. Yum. Best with butternut, however -- my favorite winter squash.

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