The other evening, I had a knock on my door. It was Carolers (yes they were singing carols in September!) It was the 3 Wonderful Neighbor ladies. The tune was We Three Kings, but they were singing about 3 Queens. They brought me gifts from a far. Not too far, just out of their garden. They had a whole wagon load of bounty for me to have or choose from. There were 3 butternut squash and I took all 3, since they said they had more for themselves. I should have gotten a picture of them with their wagon load of goodies. I am truly blessed by my neighbors.
I decided to try and cook the squash in a different way. I washed the outside all off and put it in my crockpot whole. I did stab it a couple of times with a sharp knife. I then added about 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the crock pot. I put the lid on and cooked it on high for about 1.5 hours. I poked it with a meat fork to check it and it appeared to be soft. I took it out and cut it in half. It cut like a dream. There was no sawing the hard raw squash. I scooped the seeds out and they came out so much easier than when the squash is raw. I then scooped the meat of the squash out and we had some with our supper that night. I put the left overs in the fridge.
Today, while deciding what flavor of smoothie to try, I saw the bowl of squash. You can substitute butternut squash for pumpkin in almost any recipe, so I made a butternut smoothie and it was DELICIOUS!! I have recipes for 2 versions of the Pumpkin Smoothie here and the THM one here. Just substitute butternut for pumpkin.
If you have any questions, as always… PLEASE ask away!!