This soup is filling enough for my husband, and it’s vegetarian, which I love. The couple who introduced us made it for us on a freezing night and we’ve been hooked ever since. —Cara McDonald, Winter Park, Colorado
Meet the Cook: Anytime you're looking for a way to use up your zucchini and squash, this recipe gives a different taste sensation. My husband really enjoys it -and, except for the zucchini, our two daughters, ages 7 and 3, do as well!
-Debbie Cosford, Bayfield, Ontario
Meet the Cook: Acorn squash has been a favorite of mine since I was little and my mother baked it with sugar and cinnamon.
This particular pie was something I improvised. We love pumpkin pie...but had fresh squash in excess. So I came up with this new variation! It's good to take to potlucks, to pie or cake walks at school - or to serve as a different dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
We (my husband and I have a 10-year-old son) moved out to the country to get away from the crowds. Our home's on 15 acres. We're grazing a few cattle this year, and deer, wild pigs and an occasional skunk visit at night.
-Mary Kelly, Hopland, California
I like to think of this recipe as a labor of love. The risotto takes a bit of extra attention, but once you reach that requisite creaminess, your taste buds will let you know it was worth the effort. —Stephanie Campbell, Elk Grove, California
This squash soup is nicely flavored and tastes wonderful on cool October days. The combination of chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper gives it just enough kick. You can make different kinds of spooky Halloween images with the sour cream! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Cayenne pepper gives a little kick to bowls of this pretty golden soup, a first course that everyone seems to love. It can be made several days ahead to fit a busy schedule, then heated up whenever needed.
Make quick work of peeling butternut squash. First, prick it with a fork and give it 45 seconds in the microwave. Then, trim an inch from the base of the squash, making it stand up straight and tall while you run the peeler from top to bottom. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington