Archive for April 15th, 2009

Not the sporty kind… although that triggered a thought for anyone who wants to know…”Squash is a racquet sport game played by two players (or four players for doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. Squash is characterized as a “high-impact” exercise that can place strain on the joints, notably the knees.”   Ted will warn everyone, never to play this type of sport with Joanne. LOOK OUT!  I don’t know why, but if there is a place I shouldn’t aim… the ball goes there. That’s why Ted won’t play raquetball with me any more.  Enjoy oneself:9758

The point of this post:   SQUASH. The ones we eat of course.

This post will touch on the common varieties found in local stores around Utica. These are Spaghetti, Acorn, Butternut, Kabocha, Buttercup, and Yellow Squash.  The descriptions are copied in part from “WhatsCookingInAmerica.net” and “Wikipedia”.

Spaghetti:File:Spaghetti Squash Prepared 500.jpgsquash

A small, watermelon-shaped variety, ranges in size from 2 to 5 pounds or more. It has a golden-yellow, oval rind and a mild, nutlike flavor. When cooked, the flesh separates in strands that resemble spaghetti pasta. The yellowiest Spaghetti squash will be the ripest and best to eat.,,,To prepare spaghetti squash, cut the gourd in half lengthwise and remove the seeds, then bake or boil it until tender. Or, wrap it in plastic wrap and microwave on high for 10 to 12 minutes. Once cooked, use a fork to rake out the “spaghetti-like” stringy flesh, and serve. A GREAT substitute for the carb conscious wishing to avoid pasta.                                                                                                                                                Acorn: acorn this winter squash is shaped like an acorn. … it’s easy to slice into halves and fill with seasonings.. A small acorn squash weighs from 1 to 3 pounds, and has sweet, slightly fibrous flesh. Its distinct ribs run the length of its hard, blackish-green or golden-yellow skin. Available year round

photo of butternut squash

Butternut: Recipe Below


Beige colored and shaped like a vase. Tastes somewhat similar to sweet potatoes. It has a bulbous end and pale, creamy skin, with deep-orange flesh and a sweet, nutty flavor. The oranger the color, the riper, drier, and sweeter the squash.  Available year-round

photo of Kabocha squash

KabochaKabocha is the generic Japanese word for squash, but refers most commonly to a squash of the buttercup type. It may be cooked whole or split lengthwise (removing seeds). It has a rich sweet flavor, and often dry and flaky when cooked. Use as you would buttercup squash.   Available year-round

photo of buttercup squash


Buttercup Squash have hard shells with turban-like shapes and are a popular variety of winter squash. This squash is much sweeter than other winter varieties. Buttercup Squash can be baked, mashed, pureed, steamed, simmered, or stuffed and can replace Sweet Potatoes in most recipes. Available year-round

Yellow Squash:  From wikipedia

Also known as Summer Squash and Straightneck Squash. Mildly sweet and watery flesh, and thin tender skins that for many recipes don’t need to be peeled ….is often used interchangeably with zucchini in which it is fried, microwaved, steamed, or baked. Choose those that are small and firm with tender skins free of blemishes or bruising. This squash is available all year long, but is at its peak from early through late summer.

All squash is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Fiber, and Manganese. Because of the abundance of phytonutrients* found in squash, they may help prevent cancerous changes in cells. *Phytonutrients are simply the organic components found in plants that promote good health.

What about a recipe?  The one offered tonight is for Butternut Squash. My favorite.

Butternut Squash Pattie Surprise: A pattie with a center of smooth and creamy mozzarella. You will love this recipe. Very easy, very tasty. Great as a main or as a side.


  • 1 Medium Butternut Squash: Microwaved until soft, about 12 -15 min. depending on a. the squash size and, b. your microwave’s power.
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 whole eggs + 2 egg whites (or use 1 cup of EggBeaters)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg 
  • 6 slices of Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 375 F.  Prepare a baking sheet with foil and non-stick spray.  Mash the squash and mix with the crumbs, eggs, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Take a slice of mozzarella and form your squash mixture around it. Place on a  baking sheet and bake for 30 – 40 minutes. Allow to cool, about 10 minutes.

Hope your night is a happy one! We’re over the “hump”…Day.


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A Morning Daffodil

A Morning Daffodil

“Daffodils” (1804)

I WANDER’D lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretch’d in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

It was easy getting up for a good workout today. It was “30’s day”. This means… 30 minutes of Elliptical. 30 minutes of Upper Body*. 30 minutes of running with Shane.

*Breaking the workout into upper and lower body, two times a week is ok for a change. It probably won’t work for me over an extended time because 1. I’m not doing enough reps. 2. The weight is heavy but not as heavy as when focusing on one body part per day.  It is a good wake up call for the muscles though since they have gotten used to the normal routine.

Healthy eats….

Chocolate VPX protein with powdered chocolate pb ...umm...YUM!

Chocolate VPX protein with powdered chocolate pb ...umm...YUM!


Steel Cut Oats and Buckwheat Groats: Cooked with a Vanilla Hazelnut teabag, cinnamon, and raisins added at the end.

Steel Cut Oats and Buckwheat Groats: Cooked with a Vanilla Hazelnut teabag, cinnamon, and raisins added at the end.


I added a list of friends to my facebook page from my Oswego days.  That was pretty cool seeing faces I haven’t seen in…. well… too many years. Another busy day at C-Flex so gotta fly.  Take care all and remember… you can eat all those cookies just make sure you work them off somehow. 🙂

Love those flowers….

Garden flowers watching the sun come up

Garden flowers watching the sun come up

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