Ugh - the midden has hit the windmill. Despite having confessed my atheism to my parents back in May, it was apparently necessary to say it again. Now, it appears they may have missed the first memo, since it's now been 2 weeks since i e-mailed them and no response yet. Part of me wants to call and have it out in an epic circus of conflicting views ... and other part wants to give up and let them rest their hopes fully on my brother. Meh, he's the favorite anyway.
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"This makes me wonder if you can put mashed squash in with some mashed potatoes. I've tried mashed cauliflower mixed with mashed potatoes (it cuts back on the carbs) and it is pretty good. But I'm not the recipe type, usually."
"Oooh now THAT sounds tasty ... I'll have to see if the local organic place has chickpea flour, although sometimes the local college-town EconoFoods surprises me. I've never purposely eaten the rind on an acorn squash, but i suppose as long…"
"Try this Indian recipe. I'll find the curried squash dish as well and post it here soon.
Acorn Squash Fritters
1 acorn squash (about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
for the batter:
2/3 cup chickpea flour
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup rice flour (or…"
"Hm ... good idea. I rarely use heavy cream (quiche, cream of mushroom soup, and that's about it), but if it's best for the recipe I'll usually try at least once. I hadn't even considered using squash as a potato stand-in. Thanks!"
"if you don't mind some heavy cream, you can always make a squash gratin. The main difference with potato gratin is that you need to parboil the squash for a little while (just a minute or 2) to soften it sufficiently before baking it."