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Braised Squash

Braised Mélange of Winter Squash

We usually roast winter squash, but you can braise your winter squash instead if you are willing to trade more prep time for less cook time.  Braised or simmered squash cooks in just a few minutes, and you’re left with the benefit of all that creamy sauce, too.  This recipe from thekitchn.com shows how to do it.  The squash can be served in chunks, or puréed into a sauce, e.g. for serving over pasta. (more…)

Acorn Squash

Although considered a winter squash, acorn squash actually belongs to the same species as all “summer” squashes (such as zucchini and yellow squash).  The most common variety is dark green in color, but newer varieties can be yellow, white, even variegated.  As the name suggests, its shape resembles that of an acorn.  It is a good candidate for winter storage, keeping several months in a cool dry location.  Squash can be refrigerated, but it will deteriorate quickly and should only be refrigerated 1-2 weeks. (more…)

Acorn Squash Soup with Kale

Acorn Squash Soup with Kale

One rarely comes across acorn squash soup (mostly we see butternut as the main ingredient), but this one from marthastewart.com is tasty and colorful – we eat with our eyes first, right?  Savory bacon and peppery kale pair well with the sweet, nutty flavor of pureed acorn squash in this hearty soup.  The recipe serves 4.  Try it! (more…)

Winter Squash

Winter Squash

Winter squash is really a misnomer, as these delicious treats are grown in the summer. They are edible well into the winter, however, thanks to their ability to last for months in storage.  First, be sure to check for any soft spots. If there are any, cook that squash right away. Soft spots can easily be cut out and the rest of the squash is usually fine. (more…)

Buttercup Squash with Apples

Buttercup Squash with Apples

This recipe is from the Betty Crocker Cooking for Two cookbook and is a perfect pairing of fall crops.  Buttercup squash, like acorn squash, isn’t always easy to peel – this makes it a great squash for stuffing with other things.  With brown sugar and apples, this recipe makes for a sweet side dish.  Serves 2. (more…)

Roasted Winter Squash Seeds

Roasted Winter Squash Seeds

Pumpkins aren’t the only squash that yield tasty seeds for roasting!  Next time you prepare a winter squash (e.g. butternut or acorn squash), save the seeds and have yourself a nutritious little snack. (more…)

Curried Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

Curried Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

Acorn squash has a slightly sweet taste, which complements the sweetness of the apple and mild spice of the curry powder.  Enjoy this acorn squash and apple soup with some crusty whole-grain bread.  A great soup for stormy days. Or for Thanksgiving.  Makes about 24 cups of soup. (more…)