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Monday, November 14, 2016

Apple and Pecan Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash plus a Supermoon Stargazer Alert!



The filling is the highlight here, as is the case in most stuffed dishes!





This scalloped smooth-textured tiny squash is about the size of a softball, and has cream-colored skin with green specks and stripes ~ resembling a mini-pumpkin with its top pushed in.

It’s a mild-tasting sweet squash with tender orange meat that is great for stuffing and baking.

This is easy to prepare:  a mixture of fresh apples, dried cherries, chopped pecans, butter and spices, to stuff the sweet squash and bake until the squash is tender.



Stuffing
Oven-ready

There’s little better on the supper table on a cool fall night or…

At the Thanksgiving table!



Apple and Pecan Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash

Printable recipe

Ingredients: 

2 sweet dumpling squash
½ cup apples, diced small
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup dried cherries, diced
1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, diced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cut each squash in half and scoop out seeds.
In a medium bowl, add apples, cherries, brown sugar, melted butter, salt, pepper, and spices.
Fill the squash cavities with equal amounts of apple mixture.
Place squash on a baking sheet and lightly cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for 40 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes, until squash is fork tender.


Enjoy!




On another note...

Stargazer alert:  Gear up for tonight's extra-bright Supermoon!

The rare occurrence will make the full moon appear bigger and brighter in the sky, and this event will be the biggest supermoon in 68 years. Supermoons occur about once every 13 months, at the point when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, and they can appear to be as much as 14% larger and 30% brighter than an average full moon, according to NASA.

At its closest point today, the moon will be about 221,524 miles from Earth — about 30,000 miles closer than is typical. The moon hasn’t been this close since 1948, and it won’t be this near again until Nov. 25, 2034.
And you don't even have to be a stargazer or need a telescope ~ just look up!



Supermoon over Chicago River by Dancin Artworks


Weather permitting, it's a sky-show the whole planet can observe and enjoy! 





38 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Summer! Happy Monday to you❣❣❣

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  2. These stuffed little pumpkins look so delicious and adorable. I love the definition of Calories :-)) how true!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I know they're in my closet most nights! ☺

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  3. Very cool, Pam. Thanks for the moon info.

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! It has gotten very cloudy here all of a sudden and I'm hoping for the best.

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  4. Pam, I don't ever remember seeing...much less eating...a dumpling squash. What a great addition this stuffed squash could be with the Thanksgiving feast! My better half got a good photo of the supermoon here in East Tennessee last night...pretty impressive. We were lucky as we've had a smoky haze from forest fires for a few days now. With our lack of rain, it may continue for some time. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! I've only seen the squash in the last couple of years, it's really good! It was cloudy early evening here and then cleared up for a great view of the supermoon. Quite a sight, for sure! Have great rest of the week!

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  5. Ah great another fabulous idea to use up the huge number of squash our garden produced this year. Thanks this will be on the menu tomorrow night :-) Have a good week Diane

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    1. I forgot to add, full cloud cover here and no sign of a moon at all :-(((( Diane

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  6. Never heard of a dumpling squash before but I love all the goodies you stuffed them with. I tried to get some pics last night of the super moon but they did not turn out very nice, thanks for the info.

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    1. Hi Cheri! Those goodies make it delicious! The moon was a beautiful sight!

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  7. The dumpling squash is new to me too but I LOVE the filling! That would be great in a lot of things :) The super moon was fantastic - and thanks for the fascinating info. Have a blessed Thanksgiving Pam.

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    1. Hi Tricia! That filling would definitely work in a lot of things! You and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving also!

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  8. Lazy me -- I just put cranberry sauce or plum chutney in the squash center. Yours must be really delicious.

    I got up two days in a row at 5:30 to see the supermoon, which went behind a cloud just before the moment when it's closest to our earth. Fun!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! That would be great with cranberry sauce! Yum!
      Yes, the supermoon was fun and it definitely lit up our house and neighborhood. I'm just glad the sky cleared up here. Sounds like you enjoyed it early!

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  9. I love stuffed anything, what an interesing recipe, love it!:)

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    1. Thanks, Natalia! Glad you like it.

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  10. The supermoon was so much fun, wasn't it? And this recipe is fun too! Great combo of flavors -- my kind of dish. Thanks!

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  11. It was a great moon! And love this recipe. I often make it with nuts and maple syrup, I liek adding fruits in there to so will try next time!

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    1. Hi Evelyne! The combo for your squash sounds really good! Take care

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  12. Now this is the way I like to eat squash! What a fabulous filling!!!

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    1. Ha! Me too, Liz! Love those fillings! Take care

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  13. Dear Pam, This sounds like all the flavors of the season;it sounds delicious. It would be a perfect side for Thanksgiving.
    Have a perfectly happy and blessed Thanksgiving. xo Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! Sending warm Thanksgiving wishes your way, the best! Hugs

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  14. This looks TASTY!! And man, was that supermoon gorgeous! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  15. This looks delicious! I have never seen squash stuffed like this before. I missed yhe supermoon as it was so cloudy here.

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    1. Thanks, cakelaw! It's good, and almost a meal by itself!

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  16. Pam, those look delish! Perfect side for Thanksgiving. Wishing you and yours a happy one!

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  17. Thanks, Barbara! There are so many great Thanksgiving dishes! Happy Thanksgiving wishes for you and yours!

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  18. Looks delicious! Been too long since I last had any stuffed squash!
    Seen the moon, it was beautiful, and indeed extra bright that night!

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  19. This is such a perfect side dish for the Thanksgiving and so beautifully presented!

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  20. Gearing up for THE Big Day??

    Enjoy your Sunday!

    M : )

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  21. Love the dish (perfect for Thanksgiving) and I love that piece of art!

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  22. Super moon, super recipe!! These little stuffed squash babies look delectable!

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  23. What a delicious recipe for squash, Pam. And yes, the super moon was super cool, even if we could only see it behind some bare tree branches!

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