ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Food and Cooking»
  • Cooking Ingredients»
  • Vegetable Ingredients

Acorn Squash Recipe and a Flash Fiction Story by cam8510

Updated on February 27, 2016
cam8510 profile image

Occasionally Chris will have something to say about food preparation, but only if he has tried it and had good results.

Acorn Squash

Source

Rate My Acorn Squash Recipe

5 stars from 5 ratings of Roasted Acorn Squash

Recently I was perusing the hubs on my feed page and came across a recipe hub that caught my attention. I will freely admit that food articles are not what I normally read, but this one jumped out at me because the author is a good friend here on HubPages. This particular hubber is a poet who occasionally also produces some very fine fiction, so I was quite surprised to see his article called How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Eggs.


After I finished reading this fine article, the thought came to me, Hey, poets and fiction writers have to eat too, don't they? And so, following Jodah's/John Hansen's example, here is my own recipe hub featuring roasted acorn squash.

John didn't just put together a great recipe article, he also included what we are accustomed to seeing in his hubs, namely, a poem. In keeping with Jodah's format, I will also include what people often find in my hubs, which is, a flash fiction story.

Time for Dinner

Source

Dream Date

The bell rang, and Brandon swung the door wide to reveal the shapely, intelligent blonde he had recently met at a party. The evening had ended with Brandon inviting Cheryl to his place for dinner. Brandon’s passion was writing while cooking was his pleasure.

“Cheryl, It’s so good to see you again.” A quick hug later, Cheryl stepped into the apartment.

“Nice,” she said, looking around at the immaculately kept and tastefully decorated living room. The two sat on the couch for a few minutes, chatting and catching up.

“How about some dinner,” said Brandon.

“Sounds great and smells fantastic,” said Cheryl. Brandon pulled out the chair for Cheryl and she sat down, looking across a table set with fine china, wine glasses and candles.

One dish at a time, Brandon delivered Pork tenderloin, with rosemary, garlic and balsamic vinegar and skin-on butternut squash. He finished by filling two goblets with a grenache wine.

“Do you like to cook, Cheryl?” he asked.

“Next to my work, cooking is what I love most,” she answered.

Later, Brandon cleared the table, insisting that Cheryl stay seated and sip on more wine. Thoughts raced through his head. What if we hit it off? She loves to cook, so we could spend lots of time in the kitchen, preparing awesome meals together. I can see it now, we nearly read the other's mind, tossing needed utensils across the room, delivering that perfect spice without even being asked. It’s a dream come true.

Cheryl sat at the table, watching Brandon. Thoughts also raced through her head. He loves to cook as much or more than I do. I can see it now. We’d be tripping over each other, grabbing for the same utensils and quite possibly throwing things at each other across the room. It’s a nightmare come true.

The two continued dating, but much to Brandon’s disappointment, only one of them was ever allowed in the kitchen at a time. While that meant Brandon’s dream never fully came true, neither did Cheryl’s nightmare.

And they lived happily ever after.

Intro to Butternut Squash Dance

I had to put something in here like this. Jodah has a video on his hub that features Paul McCartney and Jimmy Fallon singing about scrambled eggs to the Beatles' "Yesterday" song. Well, I couldn't find an acorn squash song, but I did find this guy doing a butternut squash dance.

Squash Dance

Acorn Squash Cut Lengthwise

Cut squash in half, lengthwise.
Cut squash in half, lengthwise. | Source

Cook Time for Roasted Acorn Squash

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves two people

Save 31% off the $105.99 List Price

Photo Instructions for Roasted Acorn Squash

Cut cross hatch pattern into the flesh of the squash
Cut cross hatch pattern into the flesh of the squash | Source
Slice bottom of squash, thinly, so it sits level in oven.
Slice bottom of squash, thinly, so it sits level in oven. | Source
Optional:  Microwave for 3 or 4 minutes to decrease oven cooking time.
Optional: Microwave for 3 or 4 minutes to decrease oven cooking time. | Source
Spread on tablespoon of butter over entire surface of the reservoir of the squash.
Spread on tablespoon of butter over entire surface of the reservoir of the squash. | Source
Place one tablespoon butter and one teaspoon brown sugar in each half of squash.
Place one tablespoon butter and one teaspoon brown sugar in each half of squash. | Source

Ingredients

  • Two halves Acorn squash, Cut lengthwise
  • Four tablespoons Butter, Cut into four pieces, bring to room temperature
  • Generous amount Salt
  • Generous amount Black pepper, Freshly ground
  • Two teaspoons Brown sugar, Light or dark

Roasted Acorn Squash

  1. Cut a medium acorn squash in half, lengthwise.
  2. Scoop out seeds.
  3. Cross hatch reservoir with knife so butter and brown sugar can penetrate more easily.
  4. Rub reservoirs with one tablespoon of butter until gone.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cut up one tablespoon of butter for each half and place in reservoir.
  7. Add one teaspoon of brown sugar to each half.
  8. Optional: Microwave for 3-4 minutes to reduce cooking time.
  9. Transfer to 400 degree, preheated oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Check at 35 minutes if microwave was used first. Fork should easily and fully penetrate.
  10. Serve skin-on

Optional Ideas for Preparing Roasted Acorn Squash

  • With knife, thinly cut bottom, rounded surface of each half to create flat area so that each piece sits level. Be careful to not cut too deeply or butter and sugar will leak out during cooking.
  • Cross hatching of the reservoir area does increase penetration of butter and brown sugar.
  • Microwaving on high prior to placing into oven decreases cooking time by several minutes.

Roasted Acorn Squash

Source

Serving Roasted Acorn Squash

When your roasted acorn squash is finished in the oven, serve it in its own skin, and enjoy. I hope this recipe provides you with a great way to serve acorn squash to your family and friends.


Please scroll to the top and take the poll before commenting,

Thanks,

cam/Chris

Nutrition Information for Roasted Acorn Squash

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: One half squash
Calories 307
Calories from Fat216
% Daily Value *
Fat 24 g37%
Saturated fat 14 g70%
Unsaturated fat 7 g
Carbohydrates 27 g9%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 62 mg21%
Sodium 12 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Shauna, Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you liked the story. I'm going to change my recipe to make the salt and pepper optional. I prefer it without either, myself.

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the story, Chris. Neither dream nor nightmare came true, but the the story has a happy ending. Frankly, I prefer to cook alone. Sit and visit with me, but stay out of my way!

      Your acorn squash recipe is much the same as mine, with the exception of salt and pepper; I just use butter and brown sugar. I haven't made it in forever. Guess it's time, huh?

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Thank you Peg. This was a fun hub. Thanks for visiting. Those two guys are probably wondering why anyone would link to their silly dance.

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Okay, I loved the story, enjoyed the recipe for Acorn Squash but I truly laughed at the video. What a couple of goofballs. Too bad they cut the number short. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies, "Doc Hollywood" and the bee pollination dance at the Squash Festival. All the way up on this one.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Deb, thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy the butternut squash if you use the recipe. And I'm glad the story seemed to work as well.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      One certainly complemented the other, a fine story, and a recipe for one of the dishes. Thanks, Chris, for a new butternut recipe.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      smilealot, Thanks for reading this unusual hub. I will always be content allowing someone else to be boss in the kitchen.

    • profile image

      Smilealot 2 years ago

      That is the trouble with cooking sometimes...there can only be one head chef...good little story, and recipe:-))

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      peachpurple, Most varieties of squash last forever, so you could probably find one around pretty easily. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Have a great day.

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      great story, frankly speaking, i have never seen acorn squash in my life

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Kristen, Thanks for visiting my hub today. I'm glad you enjoyed the story and the recipe. I still have a butternut to contend with. Not sure how I'll prepare it yet.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Loe the squash dance Chris, it coud become the next big craze.

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Nice recipes and great short story for flash fiction, Cam. I've tried to cut a butternut squash last spring and failed doing it. I now buy pre-cut squash at the supermarket, which makes it easier for me to do that shortcut in cooking prep time.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Cousin fudd, this was my first attempt at cooking squash. Sounds like you are a veteran at picking squash. Thanks for stopping by.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Rebecca, thanks for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Audrey, the video adds a new dimension to the hub, namely silly, so I expect my hub scores will be going up. Thanks for reading.

    • Cousin Fudd profile image

      RobertElias Ballard 2 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

      Great hub! Love acorn squash and have picked up a lot of them in the field at harvest time years ago here helping my in laws who were farmers and always had a field late in the growing season.

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Clever! I love acorn squash. I made a sip bowl out of one last fall. I love how you did this!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I had to laugh at the video--but the flash fiction was great! So well done!!

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randy, nice to see you here. I wanted a nice, light story for this one. Some of my more recent ones aren't for everybody. Horror and borderline horror are fun to write, but not everyone likes to read them. I'm working on several different genres right now.

    • Randy Horizon profile image

      Randy Hirneisen 2 years ago from Philadelphia

      Hi Chris, A much tamer flash fiction this time and a recipe that looks quite tasty. My wife wants to to use it to cook some up. The story moves a little slower than Mommy Girl, which is my favorite - that I've read so far. Keep up the great work. Thanks.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Linda, good to see you. I'm glad you enjoyed this oddball hub. I'll have to look into a product review/flash fiction hub sometime.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ruby, very funny comment. I have been writing some dark flash fiction lately, but this one called for a story suitable for general consumption. Thanks for stopping in.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Suzette, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the hub. Yes, they live happily ever after. I've written a couple of horror flash fictions lately, so it was nice to get back to a feel-good story.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Jaye, nice to see you here today. Thanks for your comments. I have been working hard on developing my flash fiction in several different genres. If I end up publishing someday, I'd like it to be a mixture of genres with each being written equally well.

    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Hopefully, yes. Seems a shame that you have to do that though. Fiction and poetry should stand tall; they are, after all, what people love more than anything, I think.

      Anyway, hope the score remains!

      Ann

    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Hi, Chris....Looks as though John started a trend, and your flash-fiction-with-recipe proved there are many ways to mix and match talents in a hub. The story is fun, which melds better with the recipe than a horror tale would. I like the way you can switch from one genre to another so smoothly.

      By the way, I just happen to have a butternut squash on hand....

      Up++++ and shared

      Jaye

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ann, nice to see you and thanks for reading this oddball hub. I'll be watching my hubscore on this after the pageviews die down a bit. Right now it's at 87, which is strong for my fiction. If the score holds, then I think John and I may have found a way to keep our fiction scores high. It's just a thought.

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Go no further-This hub has it all. LOL Seriously, love the idea of mixing it up on our hubs. Acorn Squash and Flash Fiction-doesn't get any better than that. Acorn Squash is one of my favorite things to make. I make it exactly like your recipe here. Had to laugh at the flash fiction and how men and women think differently. I appreciated the happy ending. Voted up, and hit all buttons. Nice job Chris :)

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I was so surprised to see this. I expected a murder to occur while eating the squash, or one died from choking, or something! Hee. seriously, your squash looks delicious. I have never eaten acorn squash. 5 star rating and voted up and interesting.

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      I loved this story! The ending was great. It is funny how individuals look at the same situation/information. Glad they lived happily ever after with only one in the kitchen at a time. LOL! Thanks so much for the squash recipe. What a great share!

    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      That squash looks yummy! We don't have much like that here, just the butternut squash and a few more exotic veg in some stores.

      Great story and I love the combination of recipe and flash fiction. Good idea of yours (and John's).

      Ann

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Dinner and a Movie, That's great Frank. If I could get audio on here, I could at least read it to people.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      almost like dinner and a movie LOL .. a Cam8510 soon to be classic

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Can't help you there Chris, don't know of any acorn squash songs :)

      Maybe we should write a recipe book together, every second recipe could have a poem or flash fiction story with it. I bet that's never been done before. Cheers.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Hi John, Glad you liked the hub. I'm hoping others will try this too. You had the Scrambled Eggs song with McCartney and Fallon. I couldn't find an acorn squash video. Otherwise, I'm happy with the recipe and the story.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      As soon as I saw the title of this hub, Chris, I though..aha! I started something. Great job buddy, if I can do a poetry recipe hub, you can sure do a flash fiction recipe hub....I love it. Good story and recipe too. I hope those two eventually get to work together in the kitchen. My wife and I do occasionally. I hope this idea catches on now. Thanks for the link, I'll do the same. Voted up.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Audry, it's good to see you. Thank you for reading this unusual hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Will, I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Theresa, Thanks for reading. I am having some thoughts about a new writing challenge in regard to recipes combined with other forms of writing. Could be fun.

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is such an interest flash fiction story! And I love squash so thanks for these recipes. Your photos are super! Rated 5* and sharing.

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What super story, Cam! I love it!

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Eric, Kitchen timeshare, that's funny. I think Cheryl may have been just a little uptight about the kitchen thing. I'm with you. The right two people in the kitchen can be a good thing.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Yum, I love Acorn Squash Five Stars! Your flash fiction story here is great too. I think John is on to something here combining great recipes with poetry and/or flash fiction ...or we will see next!

      Up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Blessings

    • cam8510 profile image
      Author

      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Mary, thanks for jumping in here and commenting. I'm glad you liked the flash fiction story as well as the recipe. Thanks for all the great votes as well.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like the kitchen "timeshare" Idea. I would cook this for Cheryl anytime and she would love it. I must say that after ten years my wife and I enjoy cooking together. Of course I still like bumping into her the most ;-)

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Well Chris I don't know whether to thank John or you....your story was a great flash fiction. Will the two iron out their cooking differences and have a relationship they're both happy with?

      As for the recipe it sounds and looks delicious. Your little hints were very helpful too. Five star recipe!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.