Scanty Knowledge of Squash

"My husband's family owned a vegetable farm," relates Candace Green of Sherwood Park, Alberta. "On occasion, my father-in-law would bring portions of his latest crop to supply our table.

"I was just a new bride when he brought over a bounty of different kinds of squash. I thanked him, then decided I would prepare spaghetti squash.

"Wanting to rise above my 'city slicker' image, I promised my husband that he'd have a delicious supper that night. I smiled to myself as I put the squash in the oven.

"When he arrived home that evening, my husband immediately noticed a strange aroma coming from the kitchen. He peeked into the oven, then fell to the floor, laughing so hard that tears were streaming down his cheeks.

"I failed to see the humor and asked him to let me in on the joke. He pointed to the 'squash' in the oven and told me it was a watermelon! I was totally shocked. Then I had to laugh, too.

"If I had cut the 'squash' open before baking, as I should have, I might have realized I was on the wrong track.

"When a friend asked how my spaghetti squash turned out, I admitted my watermelon mix-up. Needless to say, I'm the only one around with a recipe for baked watermelon!"