Sunday, September 7, 2014

It’s Acorn Squash Day!!!

Hi Everyone! This is going to be another one of those “drive-by” post days. Hey, it’s Grandparents’ Day and although that really doesn't “cut” it as a good excuse for me, it’s my defense and I’m sticking to it, lol…(after all, we all know my grandkids are back home in Idaho:)

It seems rather odd to me that a day has been put aside for Acorn Squash. Now, don’t get me wrong, Acorn Squash is one of my very best favorite members of the Cucurbita winter family, which includes spaghetti, butternut, hubbard, and turban squash, just to name a few:) Personally, I think today should be devoted to all those members of the Winter Squash family. Don’t you agree?

First, let me share this recipe for Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chorizo and Corn from Squash by Regina Schrambling with gorgeous photographs by Deborah Jones.

Acorn Squash is another one of those oh so versatile ingredients. It can be baked, steamed and most definitely pureed which lends itself to all kinds of sauce and soup uses. It also has a longer shelf life as opposed to some of the sumer Squash members such as Zucchini. The Martha Stewart website has a nice collection of Acorn Squash recipes. I’ve also left a few diverse recipe links below:)

The following muffin recipe is titled Kabocha Corn Muffins with Sweet Onions. I thought it quite intriguing and as you can see in the introduction, a nice variety of any of the other Winter squashes can be substituted. Kabocha is an Asian variety of winter squash and is commonly called Japanese Pumpkin. I started seeing Kabocha in State College last year and am really hoping to try it for the first time this year. We’ll see:)

We need a sweet dessert:) How about…Buttercup Praline Pie? The name alone purrs gratification:)

Now, don’t be confused, this recipe calls for Buttercup Squash, first cousin to Butternut Squash. However, as the recipe reads, Buttercup or Butternut, either will be a suitable substitute for this recipe.

Cows love punkins’,

Pigs love squash,

I love you,

I do by gosh!

Happy Grandparents’ Day to all you grannies and grampies out there!!! Louise:)

1. Acorn Squash Soup with Kale
2. 10 Ways To Eat An Acorn Squash
3. Smoked Acorn Squash with Maple Spiced Butter
4. Acorn Squash Tempura Tacos
5. Smoky Roasted Acorn Squash and Sausage Soup
6. Acorn Squash Curry
7. Roasted Kabocha Squash
8. Smothered Pork Chops with Mashed Cheddar Buttercup Squash