On a recent trip to the grocery store I overheard two women discussing their plans for Thanksgiving. One said she was disappointed because she had to go to her daughter-in-law's house for the main meal. But, she allowed, she was looking forward to the butternut squash soup her son's wife serves every year. "That's worth the whole trip," she told her friend. I had never tried butternut squash soup until my daughter's third-grade teacher brought some home from a Trader Joe's store in Atlanta. She used to drive to her hometown a few times a year to get her hair cut by her favorite stylist and to buy the soup. She would bring home enough soup to last until her next trip north. That was before St. Petersburg got its first Trader Joe's in 2015. This week we were able to find butternut squash soup in several local grocery stores, although judges did put Trader Joe's among their top choices.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent