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A spooky variety of French heirloom squash known as Brode Galeux d'Eysines. [Photograph: ExpatChef]

For our most recent Weekend Cook and Tell challenge we asked all of you to Step Out of Your Squash Comfort Zone by exploring some of the lesser known marrows out there, bringing the ones that are more commonly used for seasonal decorating into the kitchen. Let's take a look at some of your squashiest, knobbiest responses.

ExpatChef tracked down an extra spooky heirloom variety of French squash known as Brode Galeux d'Eysines and incorporated it into a cream and butter infused Pumpkin Soup. And being a bit squash-crazy, Expat also created a helpful photo guide to help identify and demystify some of the more exotic squashes out there.


Pumpkin Mash with Bacon. [Photograph: theindolentcook]

theindolentcook used a grey pumpkin, possibly a Jarrahdale, and cooked it down into a Pumpkin Almond Molasses Mash with Bacon perfect for spreading onto toast.

Jeanette's Healthy Living's preferred squash is kabocha. Here's a guide to some of her favorite kabocha recipes including Creamy Kabocha Squash Soup with Lemongrass, Japanese Style Kabocha Squash with Meat Sauce, and Thai Black Sweet Rice with Creamy Kabocha.


Lebanese Squash Kibbe. [Photograph: strawberrypepper]

strawberrypepper created an avant garde take on a traditional Lebanese kibbe by adding chickpeas, Swiss chard, and Delicata and Acorn squash for this baked Pumpkin Kibbe topped with lemon tahini.

Rocquie took a Candy Roaster, native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains, to bake up a sweet Squash Pie.

Originally from Puerto Rico, where even common butternut is pretty exotic, MadelynRodriguez likes to add sweet chunks of it to her cheesy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese.

Aya Kristen Alt topped Kuri squash with a tare sauce made of soy, mirin, sake, sesame oil, ichimi togarashi (red pepper flakes) and a bit of sugar for a quick Japanese lunch that can't be beat.

Thanks to everyone who scooped out the seeds and chopped the squash for this week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge. Be sure to head over to Talk and read about next week's challenge: Candy Capers.


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