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November 21, 2010

summer squash gratin with cheesy herb bechamel

Consider this an ode to the other squash. The quickly forgotten summer squash, often left behind at this time of year as people, including me, find themselves lured toward the oranger, more festive squashes of autumn. But these bright green and yellow varieties want you to know that they, too, can make delicious fall and winter food fare.

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Unlike the dishes of summers past, where these bright baby squash were grilled, sauteed or roasted with salt, pepper, a little butter, and a sprinkling of lemon juice, this summer squash gratin is anything but summery. It’s hearty, rich, and creamy, but, despite the cream sauce, it doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down. (more…)

October 25, 2010

butternut squash gnocchi in garlic-sage cream sauce

I’m not a pumpkin kind of gal. I’d like to be, and heaven knows I’ve tried pumpkin in various forms plenty of times. But pumpkin just doesn’t do it for me, unless I’m sticking a sharp knife into it to carve a spooky face.

Pumpkin’s fall friend butternut squash, on the other hand, is something I can really get behind. Butternut squash in soups, baked pasta dishes, pizzas, risottos, and salads – or even just roasted with a bit of salt – is positively divine.

Yes; I called butternut squash divine. No; I’m not exaggerating.

Compared to other kinds of squash, the creamy skinned butternut squash is a much more manageable size, making it both easier to peel and chop and unlikely to leave you with a ridiculous amount of leftover squash. And, for the occasionally lazy among us, you’ll be delighted to know that Costco sells skinned, cubed butternut squash for the next few months.

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