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Chili con squash

(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
By Jean Kressy
Globe Correspondent / May 27, 2009

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A spoon will stand up in the roasted butternut squash chili at Main Streets Market & Cafe. Gently spiced and very lightly sweetened, the substantial dish ($4.75 a bowl, $12.95 a quart) has small cubes of the squash instead of beans, along with bell peppers, diced tomatoes, and marinara sauce. With every order comes homemade corn bread. The chili is served year-round. Cafe owner Dave Anderson, a descendant of one of the original 13 families who settled Concord, says when butternut is out of season, squash costs more than beef. Main Streets Market & Cafe, 42 Main St., Concord. 978-369-9948.