All signs point to one thing: It definitely is fall. You can tell by the football games, the cooler temps, the changing leaves … and of course, my favorite: the food. Fall food is simply the best. Who doesn’t love warm, fresh and satisfying? At Jack-O-Lantern Farms market in Muscle Shoals this past week, we got a taste — literally — of fall’s abundance when Marriott chef Josh Quick prepared some winter-squash recipes. One word: Yum. Also, more words: Quick, easy and good-for-you. Quick demystified winter squash and made it seem like something I could tackle myself. As enticing as these big and colorful vegetables are, they often seem overwhelming. I mean, what, really, can you do with a butternut squash? Plenty, Quick says. Roast it, saute it, blend it — it’s versatile enough to play with whatever flavors you want. It’s even easy to peel, Quick said, and he proved it by whipping out a simple plastic Y-shaped peeler. So you no longer have an excuse for passing up these squash treasures. And the rumor that you can make spaghetti squash look just like spaghetti noodles is true. See the pile of “pasta” in the right-hand corner of the top left photo? That, my friends, is spaghetti squash. Read Quick’s winter-squash secrets and try out his recipes at my food story in this past Wednesday’s TimesDaily.
*** This post title is in honor of a favorite book 2 1/2-year-old grandson Capt. Adorable and I like to read: “The Ugly Pumpkin.” In this wonderfully illustrated tale, an “ugly pumpkin” can’t figure out where he belongs until he realized he isn’t a pumpkin at all.
The link actually goes to your article about the falling boat, etc. But I didn’t mind, since I always enjoy your articles. Aren’t you glad Capt. Adorable wasn’t there to help clean up the juice?
Our favorite squash recipe is baked with a sausage stuffing. The exact taste of fall and winter.
Great post. I just made some spaghetti squash, baked it with some butter and cinnamon.
Carolyn — Thank you for pointing out that I’d gotten my links switched! I’m so sorry you didn’t get directed to the squash story, but I’ve fixed the links now. And here’s the right one: http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20100929/articles/309299999. Also, thank you for your kind words about my writing. You’ve made my day!