Roasted butternut squash has a sweet, nutty flavor similar to pumpkin but is much easier to prepare. If time is a factor, buy pre-chopped squash that you can find in most grocery stores. —Nicole Hopping, San Francisco, California
With its pleasant squash and garlic flavor and golden-orange color, this rich and creamy soup is sure to be a hit whether you serve it for an everyday meal or a holiday dinner.
For a simple, yet unique Thanksgiving side dish, try this spicy-sweet squash bake from Rene Powell of Annapolis, Maryland. “You can also substitute spaghetti squash or acorn squash, but butternut is our favorite,” says Rene.
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. —Mary Kelly, Hopland, California
Panzanella is my favorite salad, but made with tomatoes. Since good tomatoes are hard to find in the winter, I created this winter version, using roasted butternut squash, apple and cranberries.—Julie Merriman, Cold Brook, New York
Meet the Cook: Besides tasting good, these squares are a wonderful way to use up any leftover squash from dinner.
Since my husband has a fertilizer-chemical business, I bake a lot of my squash squares for his crew and customers. We have five children, all of them married, and six grandchildren.
-Shirley Murphy, Jacksonville, Illinois
Brighten blustery gray days with steaming bowlfuls of soup that's the color of California sunshine. Jane Shapton really wowed our taste panel with her velvety, rich, and slightly sweet creation! This low-fat recipe's a keeper.
Even my kids eat their veggies when I serve this nicely spiced skillet. It's pretty and absolutely scrumptious. Sometimes, I turn it into a main dish by stirring in cubes of cooked chicken. —Jennifer Schmidt, Dickens, Texas