Marge Perry Newsday columnist Marge Perry

Marge Perry, Newsday's weekly 3 Simple columnist, also writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition. In her long-standing capacity as a Newsday columnist, Contributing Editor for Cooking Light, author of the blog A Sweet and Savory Life, restaurant critic, recent columnist for several leading magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention); regular contributor to many magazines, (including Self, More, Coastal Living, and Relish) and frequent guest on television and radio, Perry is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone who cooks, eats and travels.

In addition to Dinner Tonight, the cookbook based on her daily Newsday column, Ms. Perry has contributed recipes and text to nearly 20 other food and nutrition books. Her articles have been syndicated internationally in magazines and books, and her recipes have appeared on the Television Food Network and numerous television news segments.

Perry teaches cooking and food writing at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, food writing at, and is a guest lecturer at the culinary management graduate school at New York University. Her extensive involvement with the food industry ranges from writing and reporting about cooking and nutrition, chefs, restaurants, growers, producers and manufacturers; restaurant reviewing; menu consulting; consumer trend analysis; and volunteering to bring food and cooking/nutrition know-how to those in need. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Libby Hillman Award for Culinary Excellence and the Food Writers’ Symposium scholarship and the Association of Food Journalists Award for Best Food Essay for an ode to her mother and strawberry-frosted cupcakes.

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Apple Cider Glazed Acorn Squash

1 tablespoon butter

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

¼ teaspoon dried crushed rosemary

¼ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 unpeeled gold or green acorn squash, cut lengthwise in wedges

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1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a shallow baking sheet pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine the butter, vinegar, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl and microwave 1 minute, until bubbly but barely browned. Brush the mixture over both cut edges of the squash wedges and place with one of the cut sides down on the roasting pan. Roast 15 minutes, turn and roast another 15 minutes until fork tender and brown. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving: 69 calories, 1 g protein, 11 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 3 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 149 mg sodium


Spice-Rubbed Roasted Delicata Squash

2 delicata squash, about 2 pounds

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cumin

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¼ teaspoon ground coriander

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Coat a shallow baking sheet pan with cooking spray.

2. Halve the squashes lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place each half cut side down and cut across in ½-inch slices. Place in a bowl and toss with the olive oil; when coated, add the salt, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, nutmeg and cayenne and toss thoroughly. Place in a single layer on the baking sheet pan and cook 15 minutes; turn and roast another 12-14 minutes, until the squash is lightly browned and fork-tender. Makes 4 servings.

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Nutritional analysis for each serving: 72 calories, 1 g protein, 10 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 291 mg sodium


Butternut Squash-Apple Soup

4 cups peeled butternut squash chunks (about 1 medium squash)

1 apple, peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon brown sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon dried thyme

pinch nutmeg

pinch ground cardamom

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth

¼ cup fat free Greek plain yogurt

1. Toss the squash, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, thyme, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt together in a Dutch oven or soup pot until evenly coated. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes.

2. Working in batches, puree the mixture in a blender or food processor. Return to the pot, stir in the yogurt and heat through. Add salt and pepper as desired; thicken with an additional tablespoon of yogurt or thin with broth as needed. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving: 129 calories, 5 g protein, 30 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 0 fat, 0 saturated fat, 342 mg sodium

TIP:  While cooking times will vary, the types of winter squash used in these recipes is interchangeable.