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Recipe: Baked Acorn Squash

Winter squashFall brings one of my favorite culinary treats, acorn squash. I prepare it the same way my mother did so many years ago and enjoy it as much as ever. This recipe is very easy and can be modified depending on how much butter/margarine and sugar you like.

Ingredients:

1 medium/large acorn squash for two people
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¼ teaspoon maple flavored syrup (optional)
sprinkle of nutmeg (optional)

Directions:

1. Cut the acorn squash in half and scoop out the inside pulp and seeds with a spoon.
2. Place the squash in a pan, cut side up, and put a 1/2 inch of water in the pan.
3. Coat cut surfaces of squash with butter or margarine.
4. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly into squash cavities.
5. Add maple flavored syrup evenly into squash cavities.
6. And/or sprinkle lightly with nutmeg.
7. Bake about 1 hour in 400-degree oven until squash is tender.

N.B. My husband and I eat one squash each with no problem.
Also, butternut squash can be prepared the same way.