Squash, No, not the game!
Summer squash- like zucchini and cucumbers , crook-neck-yellow squash, eggplant (also called aubergines) Patty-Pan, Follow this link to learn some of the many ways to prepare zucchini. I stumbled into the previous site while researching for this post and it seems to have a lot of interesting info about science, technology, business, and the future of life in the 21st Century. Here is another set of creative recipes for using up the prolific zukes. Any of the summer squash can be cooked the same as zucchini.
Winter squash- include spaghetti squash, butternut, acorn, Hubbard and pumpkins too. Pumpkins are grown for their meaty pulp used mostly to make pies and the seeds are beneficial to good prostate health. Any of the winter squash are delicious seasoned with cinnamon or a fine dusting of curry powder or just roasted with salt, pepper and a little butter.
Here is a terrific way to prepare spaghetti squash;
Prepare a spaghetti squash by washing and then pricking the skin multiple times with a knife. Place the squash on a baking pan and into a 400 F oven. Roast the squash and turn a few times. Allow the skin to blister and char a bit. This adds a nutty flavor to the squash. After the squash is fully roasted, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
When the squash are cool enough to handle, cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and discard. Scoop out the Spaghetti “meat” and layer in a baking dish with ricotta cheese, freshly grated nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cover and bake for about 40 minutes. This makes a delicious and rich side dish to accompany any meal.
One more interesting variety of squash, actually, Lufa is a type of gourd that grows prolifically and produces a honeycomb kind of “fruit” that is not edible but quite useful as a substitute for sponge. I think I will grow some next year.
Finally, today marked the first day of Autumn and the weather could not have been better! You can read all about the Autumnal Equinox here. It is my favorite time of year!