by Susan and Diane

Butternut squash

Here's how to cook butternut squash:

Wash it.
Cut it in half lengthwise.
Scoop out the seeds.
Place it cut side down in a large baking pan.
Pour in 1 cup of water.
Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Most people cook it for 1 hour. I cook mine longer as I need it very soft. You can turn it over and poke it with a fork to see how done it is. When it cools a bit, scoop it out.

Another way to cook butternut squash:

I know this may sound a little crazy - but I have found the easiest way to cook butternut squash is to first peel it - I use an ordinary vegetable peeler. You have to have a good vegetable peeler though. Then I can slice it up, put the cubes in a pan and boil. If you slice into smaller cubes, it is the same concept as cutting potatoes into smaller pieces so they cook quicker. Then when the squash is all cooked, you don't have to worry about scooping it out of the skin. It is ready to mash or puree.