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THE BEST NON-DESSERT

Filed at 7:33 pm under by dcobranchi

Lyida found this one on the intertubes somewhere. I’m going by memory, so the proportions might be off from the original. The cooking instructions are definitely different.

Super sweet acorn squash

Take 2 acorn squash and scoop out the seeds. Arrange pointy end in and cut side down on a dinner plate. Nuke @ 50% power for 20 minutes (or until squash is very tender). Turn cut side up and add ~2 T. brown sugar, ~2 T. butter, and ~1 T. maple syrup to the “cup.” Also, liberally douse the top edge with more maple syrup. Return to the microwave just long enough to melt the butter. Unbelievably good. And you can even pretend that you’re eating healthy. 🙂

8 Responses to “THE BEST NON-DESSERT”


Comment by
Bonnie
March 13th, 2008
at 7:47 pm

Yummy!


Comment by
Darren
March 14th, 2008
at 12:09 pm

That sounds really good. I wonder how it would be with butternut squash (I like that kind better than acorn, usually).


Comment by
speedwell
March 15th, 2008
at 10:40 am

I belong to a CSA (community-supported agriculture) food co-op. The farmer gal who runs it has brought us two or three acorn squashes each week since the end of October. To say I am sick and tired of this recipe would be like pointing out that water is surprisingly wet. I don’t think there is really another vegetarian way to make acorn squash.

Oh, and Darren, it is better with butternut squash. Acorn squash can often resemble a wet dog…soggy, stringy, and inferior in smell and flavor.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
March 15th, 2008
at 11:13 am

Well, I had it for (non) dessert 3X this week. I might get tired of it. Eventually. 🙂

BTW, Lydia picked up a couple butternut squash at the Farmer’s Market yesterday. I’ll be sure to try it.

And, finally, I’m quite jealous that you have a CSA available. I wish we had something like that around here. Given that I’m surrounded by farms, one would think the one of the farmers would have organized one. Alas, no. I guess deer corn and cotton don’t lend themselves to CSA?


Comment by
Bonnie
March 16th, 2008
at 6:52 am

saleer...m.com/

They say they’re full for 2007 but you can check back in October for 2008.

CSA’s are all over NC. There’re a couple near me…I just haven’t gotten signed up yet.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
March 16th, 2008
at 10:56 am

Thanks. Turns out that farm is 10 miles from my home. I stupidly had never searched for CSAs in the surrounding counties. Pretty dumb since I live just off County Line Rd.


Comment by
Bonnie
March 16th, 2008
at 10:51 pm

You’re welcome 🙂 Thanks to you too for this discussion. It kick-started me into contacting the one nearest me. It’s only $100 a year. I’m not sure what all that includes…if it’s a weekly thing during the harvest season or what. I am waiting on a reply from them.


Comment by
speedwell
March 18th, 2008
at 1:25 pm

Mine costs 725 dollars every six months for a half share (each share feeds four people) that operates each week year round (most areas can’t operate all year). That includes everything–all costs of growing, harvesting, preparation, boxing up, and delivery, as well as the food. Our CSA does not require us to work in the field or elsewhere. That amount also includes my part of the gas for the farmer to truck my box to my door from a distance never less than an hour from my area (in Houston, that’s considered “across town”).

It seems like a lot of money, but every week we get a box the size of a typing paper box full of a great variety of fruits and vegetables, easily ten or twelve pounds some weeks. I calculated it out and we could not buy the same produce at the store for that price each week. i did have to get her to leave off the fresh cilantro, though… I am one of those people who thinks it tastes like rat poison. 😉