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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!

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

Resources
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

24 comments:

  1. Happy Grandparent's Day to you, too, Louise! Hope you have a nice, quiet day, and maybe a Buttercup Praline Pie, too...

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    1. Marion and I had a wonderful day, Marjie but, it was definitely not quiet, lol...

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  2. Louise, here's wishing you a happy Grandparent's Day . I know you got a call from Tabi and Noah . Your post is amazing as usual , never heard of a squash pie before , I will try the Buttercup Praline pie ... it sounds deliciously tasty .
    Going to make the corn muffins with onions . Going to make 2 batches , for the kids and one for the grown-ups . Going to take the seeds out of the jalapenos , slice , diced and put in the grown-up muffins .
    A very wonderful post as usual , (((HUGS))) to you and Marion . Thanks for sharing;-D I am pinning

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    1. Thanks Nee, yes, we both got calls from Tabi and Noah, lol...Tabi was teasing me with the bread she made and I was teasing her with the bounty of tomatoes I icked today, lol...The Buttercup Praline Pie sure does sound enticing. Please let me know how the family likes it if you get around to baking it:) And those corn muffins too but, I may beat you to making those, lol...Marion says thank you for the hugs. She didn't get any other calls today:(

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  3. I didn't even know it was Grandparents OR acorn squash day! But I'll think celebrations for both.

    One thing I like about acorn squash is that it comes out nicely when microwaved whole, then cut open & seeds removed (which saves a lot of trouble). I like to put maple syrup or chutney in the hollow of half a microwaved squash. Lazy me.

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    1. You celebrate Mae! Might as well make it a monthly celebration, lol...You are so right, Acorn Squash and the Microwave are definitely best "buds." Thanks for the tip:)

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  4. Happy Grandparent's Day Louise! And I completely agree with you that the day should be for all winter squash not just acorn. Delicata is probably my favorite and we had it for dinner without me even realizing what day it was!

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  5. Dear Louise, Happy Grandparents Day to you! The pie sounds delicious; like a pumpkin pie. It is so nice to have you back with your cheerful posts and lovely recipes.
    Blessings dear, Catherine xo

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  6. Hi Louise, I am spoilt for choice, so many lovely recipes yet so little time! The pie is calling out to me, looks super yum!

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  7. Love acorn squash! Favorite way is to bake two halves together, with honey and walnuts in that middle! Yum!

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  8. nvr come across acorn squash here but japanese pumpkin yes..and i'm quite crazy about pumpkins too and strangley, i hv not tasted a pumpkin pie yet. I have seen pumpkin stuffed with meat and veggies ..something like the stuffed acorn squash recipe up there and i think it's rather interesting and sure looks special. Happy Grandparents day to you , Louise!

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  9. Oh I am a big winter squash fan and it has soo many uses, more than I could ever list. It is a must in my kitchen. Clarice

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  10. Dear Louise happy grandparents day!
    And this tart look delicious,
    xoxo

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  11. I hope you had an enjoyable Grandparents day, Louise.
    We were just looking at a map of Idaho and checking out annual temperatures and snowfall. It is our hearts desire to leave Florida as soon as we are retired. Yes, many people come TO Florida for retirement but we are ready to pack up!

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  12. Happy Grandparents day to you, Louise! Being a grandmother is definitely a highlight of my life. Since I love squash…I am more than happy to give it it’s own day! I just cut up a butternut last night, that I plan on eating for dinner tonight! Have a great week!

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  13. OMG that buttercup pie has me swooning over here. It's Spring and not a time I should be thinking pumpkin but I love it. This is so mine. :)

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  14. Hmmm... I'm fond of most squash, but I would have thought its day would come deeper into fall. I want to try Nellie's recipe! I love honey and walnuts.

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  15. Hi Louise, Happy Grandparents' Day to you!!! This Buttercup Praline Pie sure sounds very interesting and yummy. Thanks for sharing and warmest regards :)

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  16. Love the pie. I am saving this to try for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Hi Louise,

    Happy Grandparent's day to you!!! I see that you are getting ready for your Thanksgiving feast with all these autumn recipes...

    Zoe

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  18. Happy Grandparent's Day, Louise! Hope you had a great day ^-^! And thanks for the visit to my post on Dorset Apple Cake. Acorn squash ... don't think I've seen this. Japanese pumpkin yes but rather expenise. Buttercup & Buuternut ... yeah I'm confused hee hee ! LOL. I haven't tried pumpkin pie or Buttercup Praline Pie. Bookmark it to try a small quantity. Thanks for your sharing ! Have a nice day ^-^

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  19. Dear Louise, I am sorry that I have been MIA lately, but have been really busy..Happy belated Grandparents Day! .Love this post as I love to eat these squashes, especially the acorn squash. All these recipes look amazing..I love this time of year as we will be able to eat many of these glorious veggies. That book looks very cool to have...Thanks for sharing, Dottie Have a blessed rest of the week! :)

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  20. I love this fabulous autumnal food. I love this time of year, so mystic, so special and pumpkin is here. I know in America people love it and they make delicious foods with it. I cannot wait to start!
    Happy belated grandparents day lovely Louise!

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  21. acorn squash is probably my least favorite variety, but that doesn't mean i don't love them! :)

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