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August had just begun when a friend delivered my first hand-me-down squash of the summer: a round, green variegated giant that had reached the size of a jack-o-lantern seemingly overnight, just the way squash like to do.

Later in the kitchen, I eyed down the squash and started my perennial should-I-grill-it-or-make-zucchini-bread debate. I suspect some version of this dilemma could be ages old.

Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash And Brussels Sprouts

Mar 15, 2020
Butternut squash
Nick Collins (Pixabay)

About the melding of sweet and sour flavors in this recipe, Food Guy Greg Patent writes: "Roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, with a red onion sweet and sour sauce. It’s a terrific side dish to serve with a main dish meat or vegetable - and you make it ahead! I’m a big fan of sweet/sour dishes because they deliver a big punch of flavor. Just about every cuisine features something that’s sweet and sour. Think Chinese sweet and sour chicken, shrimp, or pork; or German Sauerbraten; or Italian agrodolce, where vinegar and sugar unite to bump the flavor of a dish up to new heights.

Take Your Summer Squash and Stuff It

Jun 22, 2015
Photoshopped image of giant squash.
Ian Burt (CC BY 2.0)

Whether it's cute and spring-green or three feet long and perfect for batting practice, Greg and Jon have suggestions for how to cook or bake the zucchini left anonymously on your doorstep.