To my table via Waltham, Massachusetts -- And where to next?
The butternut squash I grew in the community garden this summer ended its epoch journey recently. From Waltham, Mass., to Washington, D.C., from just one sprawling plant that I nearly killed at the beginning of the growing season, I achieved this plentiful harvest: seven humongous butternuts in all. We've used two of them in soups already, while the third we gave away to a friend. The rest await their fate, perhaps in a comforting risotto or, if I'm feeling ambitious, homemade raviolis or empanadas. Then again, I like it just plain baked too.
One of the great qualities of butternut squash is that it stores well, so I don't have to be in mad dash to find uses for these right away. Nevertheless, I am eager to try them in new recipes -- something besides soup. What's your favorite way to eat butternut squash? Actually, let's try something new here. Tell me what you think I should cook with one of these squashes. Leave your ideas in the comments. I'll make whatever turns out to be the most popular suggestion, either by using a recipe or by just making something up. I'll post the result, with photos of course. Tell me: How should one of these butternuts meet its end?