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Cutting them can be a challenge. Bake or boil for just a bit to soften so that you don't have to get out the axe, lol.
Good articles deserve a second reading
Good to know!
I need to get me some pumpkins.
Still more than a jack o lantern
So much more than just a jack-o-lantern!
This was a nice article. I just fixed spaghetti squash for diner. I just whacked it into four pieces and baked face down. Then I deseeded with a fork. I added a little olive oil and pepper and salt. I don't really care for the spaghetti sauce on my squash.
love pumpkin pancakes they are really good and kind of have your cake and eating it to because kinda like a pumpkin muffin with syrup and eggs yum
My oven method: pierce the whole squash several times with a knife. Throw in 350 degree oven, directly on grate (put foil on grate below to catch droppings). After half an hour, turn over, and bake for another half hour.
I find the squash comes out beautifully soft and well cooked this way. (Just wear some good oven gloves when cutting it open, it's hot!)
I have found the easiest way to cut acorn squash in half is with a strong, pointed knife. Insert the tip of the knife into the middle of the squash and move it back and forth until you have a starting point, then press the knife down to the end of the squash, turn it around and cut through to the other end. Works every time.
What is a good way to cut pumpkin/squash? I want to cut into cubes, without cooking first, but I'm not strong and have been unable to cut through the tough exteriors.
I love squash but have a difficult time trying to cut it in half to cook it. I recently discovered that you can put the entire squash (stem & all) in a crock pot with 1/2 cup of water on high for about 2.5 hr. When you carefully remove it, the shell is soft enough to slice through easily. You can scoop out the seeds and pulp and the squash is all ready cooked! Works like a charm! I've done spaghetti squash and buttercup squash this way.
Baked the season's first butternut squash this past week. Cut it up in cubes and tossed with fresh rosemary, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon demerara sugar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. It was baked until tender. The heartiness of the cinnamon and rosemary was wonderful.
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