Friday Foodie Fix – Squash

This week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is Squash.  Winter squash comes in a wide range of varieties.  It ranges from as small as your hand to over 100 pounds.  Some are long others are round.  They all have a similar flavor but the sweetness, flavor intensity, water content and color of the flesh will vary according to type.

Friday Foodie Fix - Squash

Squash will last a long time as long as you don’t cut into it.  Once cut you should refrigerate it and use it within a day before it starts to go rancid.

We are not big squash eaters around here.  I’ve only really eaten it once in a New Mexican Stew recipe I made from Karina Allrich.  It was really good but I didn’t venture out any further with winter squash.  So I thought I would make it this week’s ingredient and you could share recipes you think I should try.

We did receive a lot of butternut squash in our CSA.  I’m going to roast some and add it to a mushroom penne pasta for my vegetarian son for Thanksgiving.  Hope that will work out.  I can’t wait to see your ideas!

Friday Foodie Fix - Squash

Next week’s Secret Ingredient is …………..Turkey!

18 Responses to Friday Foodie Fix – Squash

  1. Kim November 13, 2009 at 3:33 am #

    We love squash! I don't think I have tasted one that I don't like. My fav way to eat them is roasting them. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    • Diane November 13, 2009 at 5:43 am #

      Kim- Wow, ok I'll have to give them a try. Squash fries sound interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kalynskitchen November 13, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    Hi Diane,

    Sorry to be off topic for this post, but I just wanted to say that if you do come up with a gluten-free version of the Za'atar flatbread, send me the link and I'd love to add it to my post! I love the Za'atar, if you like Sumac I bet you would like it. Did you know othat Bill Penzey is a brother of the woman who owns The Spice House, so I think they have a lot of the same products.

    • Diane November 13, 2009 at 5:47 am #

      Kalyn- I love the recipes you share on your blog. It really gets me thinking. Interesting that brother and sister own different spice companies. A little sybil rivalry going on? I'm going to use a bread mix I have for the flatbread and see how that goes. I do like sumac which is why I purchased that Zatar from Penzeys in the first place. I just totally forgot about it. I'm so glad you reminded me to even look for it. I'll have to have it for lunch!

  3. Linda November 13, 2009 at 5:27 am #

    I'm sorry that my recipe has cheese, otherwise I think you would like it. I like looking at all the varieties of squash at the store. What other food comes in so many shapes, sizes and colors?

    • Diane November 13, 2009 at 5:45 am #

      Linda- Oh I love cheese, it just doesn't love me as much. I totally forgot about spaghetti squash. Now that I've eaten many ways. I just never counted it since the taste is so mild. Squash can be fun! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Jenn November 13, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    Mmm I love squash!!! I seriously never get tired of it in the winter, and they are so many great ways to serve it! I keep trying to look for new varieties to try.

    • Diane November 17, 2009 at 4:33 am #

      Jenn- Thanks, I'll keep cooking and see what hits home.

  5. Alisa - Frugal Foodi November 13, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    I don't think my comment made it in, so I will try again!

    I was just excited that I timed my squash post so well with the FFF this week! A first for me.

    • Diane November 17, 2009 at 4:34 am #

      Alisa- Thanks for sharing. So glad could join in Friday Foodie Fix. Remember, you can always go back to past secret ingredients and add in the link. I'll be doing a review again very soon.

  6. gfe--gluten free eas November 13, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    I've made lots with squash … just don't have any posts or pics of the dishes. 🙁 Looks like you have a good turnout. Be sure to check out Kelly's (The Spunky Coconut) Butternut Lasagna. I think she's on vacation or I'd ask her to include it here. Maybe she can link it when she gets back. The reason I mention it for you, Diane, is that it's gf/cf and gets rave reviews.


    • Diane November 17, 2009 at 4:36 am #

      Shirley- Squash Lasagna! I've never heard of such a thing. I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the tip.

  7. Iris November 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    The best squash I ever had was calabaza squash in Argentina. They made the most amazing squash pies there, and you could buy them anywhere! I've never been able to find a calabaza squash in the grocery stores near me that didn't look like it had already gone bad though.

    • Diane November 17, 2009 at 4:38 am #

      Iris- Sounds interesting. Sounds like you're on a hunt. Good luck in finding that. I'll make sure to grab one if I see it. Thanks for the tip.

  8. carla April 12, 2011 at 5:49 am #

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