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This fall I've been obsessing over winter squashes.  Kabocha, spaghetti, butternut, Danish and buttercup.  All so good.  I love the deeper flavor and color of Hubbard the best but have not been able to find any so far...even at my Hutterite farmers' market.  Hoping it's just too early. 

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Also a delicata fan here though it is much softer than most "hard" squashes. Cut in rings, olive oil and salt is all it needs to bring out its "delicate" flavor. Great snack.  I also enjoy kabocha and since it is just me I like that some Latin markets sell the various bigger guys in wedges. 

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I like Delicata and its pudgier kin, Sweet Dumpling, though they don't keep nearly as well as other winter squashes. There's a lot of buttercup grown around here and it's a particular favorite of mine for its relatively dry, "baked potato" texture after roasting, so I stock up on it while the local crop is in full swing. I've got several pounds already roasted, bagged and frozen, and may yet splurge on a 50-lb bag to split with the in-laws and stepdaughter.

 

A halved and precooked Sweet Dumpling makes a marvelous vessel for shirred eggs, btw.

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I don't know why...but I just don't really like winter squashes.  Every year I make some kind of squash soup and eat it once and think how delicious.  But I don't want to eat it a second time.   Not at all.

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This is a squash I came across the other day which I had never seen before or even heard of.  It is called a Honeynut squash and resembles a baby Butternut Squash.  It is not, however, a baby Butternut Squash.  It is said to be sweeter and less fibrous than other squashes.  I put a one cup measuring cup next to them to give you an idea as to size.  We haven't had one yet so can't comment on the taste.

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5 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

This is a squash I came across the other day which I had never seen before or even heard of.  It is called a Honeycut squash and resembles a baby Butternut Squash.

 

A very similar squash, named Honeynut is sold around here.  I really like them because of their smaller size. If I don't plan well, I end up tossing parts of a big butternut. 

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13 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

 

A very similar squash, named Honeynut is sold around here.  I really like them because of their smaller size. If I don't plan well, I end up tossing parts of a big butternut. 

Thanks!  I meant "nut" not "cup" and have fixed the typos.  I'm curious - have they been around for a while where you live?

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25 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

Thanks!  I meant "nut" not "cup" and have fixed the typos.  I'm curious - have they been around for a while where you live?

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27 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

Thanks!  I meant "nut" not "cup" and have fixed the typos.  I'm curious - have they been around for a while where you live?

I first saw them when visiting my mom in northern NY in 2014 and saw them pop up in the farmers markets here a year or so later. 

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3 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

 

Maybe I should be following the lunch topic!  Is one big enough for two people as a side dish?

I would say a definite yes unless yours is minuscule or you are both voraciously hungry. 

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Love squash (my 4 year old, not so much - makes the poor girl gag - least in a 'mashed' form).

 

Been doing a lot of soups (curried, thai style, etc) and roasting lately.

 

Have a gorgeous Kabocha sitting here and a Hubbard that are going to get turned into a Thai curry later this week.

 

 

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