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My life is all upside-down. I hate to drag you through it.

No more baby project--that is soundly over, and in many ways I'm relieved. I can put it behind me at last.

Now, an oh-my-God-I'm-turning-40-in-<2 years meltdown is underway. My focus has shifted from fabulous meals to going to the gym, sweating through cardio and weight-lifting workouts. When control seems impossible in so many areas of life, I grab it where I can. For me, that's getting control of my body shape, core strength and overall health.

I've been hiding under a rock--for that I do apologize. I missed identifying some biggies, too--Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day! Here in Central NY state we're in rapid temperature decline towards winter. Yeah, it's getting COLD! The news reports a frost and possible snow this week! *eek* I'm not ready for that.

For today, I have a giant hubbard squash--18 pounds--to attack. I'm thinking soup, perhaps pumpkin curry . But first I have to cook it.

Hubbard is the king of squash. It's sweet with creamy flesh similar to pumpkin, only better. In fact, most canned solid-pack pumpkin available today is actually hubbard! It's got a verrrrry hard exterior shell. I have learned to simply throw it in the oven whole, at 250*F, until it softens enough to cut into it. Of course that also complicates matters--it cooks, it cools, then you cut, remove the strings and seeds, then cook some more.

So that's on my agenda for today. What have you been doing?


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i've never summoned the courage (or the stomach room) to tackle the hubbard squash. what a behemoth!
and good for you for endeavoring to take control of your health. bravo.

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My mother used to cook hubbard squash all the time. Sometimes it was a dry squash (a good thing) which you could whip like potatoes- sooo good. Other times it was a wet squash which I never liked, even though we cooked it and cooked it trying to get the water out. How to tell which is which when you buy them is a puzzle to me, so I never cook them anymore.

Good for you for coming out from under that rock and turning your life outward instead of in!

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Hehe, Grace. It is a bohemoth! But hubbard squash freezes exceptionally well, so I would encourage you to give it a try anyway. Soooo good!

Barbara--good point on the wet squash. I have not had that issue with hubbard just yet, but know what you mean from pumpkins. Some are just more wet than others!

Thank you both for your comments.

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That hubbard squash looks like it might be more work than any baby! Best of luck with the squash...and everything else!

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Lol, good point, SarahKate! Thank you.

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That's one heck of a squash! I wish we could buy them like that here.

As it happens I cooked some squash today, a little one called a harlequin squash. They might be small but they taste great!

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Hi... sorry for the delay in my reply; I'm definitely not in my routine... still.

Sam--what did you do with the squash?

Graywolff--thank you. I hope I'll be back soon... can't promise anything though, I'm afraid. :((

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Hi Amanda, I hope you're ok, I haven't heard from you for a while!

Oh with the squash I choped it up, drizzled it with oil and roasted it until it was soft. Simple but delicious!

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I have never seen squash like this before... looks impressive! :)

Just today I'm catching up with all recipes from Christmas... we had lots of leftover turkey pies for the last few days.

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