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Squash, by any other name

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Recently, I looked up the origin of the word squash. Most sources indicate it comes from the Narragansett Native American word, askutasquash. No matter where the word came from, sometimes I think a lot of kids don’t want to eat it because the name reminds them of something gross, such as what happens when you step on a bug. They probably figure anything that has an unpleasant name must therefore be unpleasant in all ways.

One of my sons, who just turned 34, still refuses to eat any form of squash, even though he likes just about everything else.

I love any type of squash, whether it be summer or winter types. My favorite ways to cook zucchini are to stuff halves with a meatloaf mixture or to pan fry it with onions, corn, garlic and olive oil.

Now that it’s fall, I’ve been getting hungry for acorn, butternut and banana squash, as well as some of the other varieties such as delicata, hubbard, kabocha, turban and many more. Here are some recipes to get your taste buds ready for some delicious fall and winter squash...


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