Wednesday, September 8, 2010


The new Squash ornaments from Old World this year are the Acorn and Butternut Squash. Both are very beautiful and realistic looking ornaments.

Decorate your Thanksgiving table with a cornucopia filled with squashes, vegetable and nut ornaments. Use wood wool or Spanish Moss as a filler to cushion the ornaments and let them just spill out on the center of the table.

Here's a great recipe from Southern Living using the Butternut and Acorn squash. Beautiful dish for your Thanksgiving  table.

  • 1  (2- to 3-lb.) butternut squash
  • 1  (2- to 3-lb.) spaghetti squash
  • 1  (1- to 2-lb.) acorn squash
  • 1/4  cup  butter
  • 2  tablespoons  honey
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. Cut butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and acorn squash in half lengthwise, and remove seeds. Place squash, cut sides up, on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Microwave butter and honey at HIGH 1 minute or until melted; stir until blended. Brush cut sides of squash with butter mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour or until tender; let stand 10 minutes. Cut into large pieces and serve.

Now, if you live in the south, here's a recipe that you will find on Sunday dinner tables in the summertime!

Squash Casserole
  • 2  pounds  yellow squash, sliced (frozen will work also)
  • 3/4  cup  chopped onion
  • 1  tablespoon margarine or butter
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1  cup milk
  • 3/4  cup  (3 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2  cup  soft breadcrumbs, toasted or crushed saltines
Cook squash and onion in a small amount of boiling water 10 to 12 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Drain; set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Melt margarine in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually add milk; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; add cheese, salt, and pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Add squash mixture; stir well.

Spoon squash mixture into a shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle squash mixture evenly with breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated.

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