“Top Chef” Contestant Dishes on Local Food, Fall Recipe

Local caterer Carla Hall talks grits and kitchen secrets.

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Carla Hall, owner and chef at Alchemy Caterers, whipped up seasonal goodies at the Riverdale Park Farmers' Market last Thursday.
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Hall, a D.C. local, was also a top-three finalist on "Top Chef" Season 5.
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Hall is a proponent of the local foods movement, doing much of her own shopping at farmers' markets.
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The Riverdale Park Farmers' Market benefits a community farm.
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Chef Hall incorporates many seasonal foods into her recipes, including root vegetables.
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Hall dished on her squash broth and shared the recipe with audience members -- and NBCWashington.com readers, of course.
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Mmm, seasonal.
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The Riverdale Park Farmers' Market has plenty of goodies other than just fresh fruits and veggies, of course.
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Food from farmers' markets is generally fresher and cheaper than at most supermarkets -- and hey, it gives you a chance to spend a little extra time outside, too.
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Hall was nice enough to chat with us for a few minutes -- and confessed that her husband does most of the cooking at home!
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We never realized how much we enjoyed squash until now...
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Hungry yet?
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