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November 30, 2011

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Goooodddd eeeeeevening.

[Said with old butler accent]

We finally got to turn the heat back on – after it had been off all day!! I hunkered down in the basement under a blanket while swirls of snow drifts and blustery gales flowed through the house.

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For afternoon snacktime, I was in the mood for cereal, yet I couldn’t fathom cold milk. So I heated it up and dumped in some whole foods flax flakes and a spoonful of sunbutter. Liked it!

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Dinner tonight was an old favorite. An old, old favorite.

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I used to eat spaghetti squash ALL.the.time. I think one of my very first KERF videos was the spaghetti squash one. Boy was I young there. And skinny!

Since I have this handy searchable food blog, I can tell you that the last time I ate spaghetti squash was on a romantic date with Penny on Valentine’s Day 2010. A year and a half ago! And the last time we cooked one was October 2009!!! Why is this!?

I seem to recall making one last year – late in the season – that tasted rotten and turned me off to them. But now I am so glad the stringy squash is back!

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I roasted mine face down in water for 45 minutes at 400* and topped it with a mix of portabella mushrooms, diced tomatoes, kale, a few tbsp of nutritional yeast and 3 slabs of Twin Oaks Tofu that I cooked on the stove-top into a sauce.

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I’m really not much of a pasta person. Feed me bread until the cows come home, but pasta…ehh. I guess I just don’t love the texture. Ravioli I like, but not noodles as much. But spaghetti squash – its texture is very very appealing to me! Slurp it up!

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Welcome back, spaghetti squash.

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And now, to end the evening, a taste of the new Great Harvest Cville Double Chocolate Biscotti and a mug of Vanilla Roobios tea!

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1 Dom November 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

You are early tonight! My kiddies love spaghetti squash. Your dinner looks delicious. Hope you are feeling better.

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2 Dom November 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Yay! I got the first post!

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3 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I have had a spaghetti squash sitting in my kitchen for 2 weeks, I NEED to get that in the oven ASAP! It’s so good as a pasta substitute (aka vehicle for good sauce).

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4 Marie@feedingfive November 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I love spaghetti squash but usually just put sauce and cheese on it and call it a day. Yours looks so fancy I may just have to copy. Are you loving Hunger Games? I loved the book and the trailer for the movie looks out of this world good!

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5 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I have never tackled trying the stuff but I know I neeeeed to ASAP! So many different things to do with it! And I only hear good things about it too!
Glad you’re starting to thaw out :)

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6 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious November 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Spaghetti squash is so good. Although I tend to like it simple with just buttery spread, sea salt and pepper. Think I will buy one tomorrow. Your dinner and snack both look amazing, as do all your meals.

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7 Deva @ Deva by Definition November 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I have never had spaghetti squash before – I feel like I’m missing out!

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8 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass November 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Oh crunchy biscotti! Perfect addition just in time for the holidays.

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9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Dinner looks amazing! I LOVE spaghetti squash. You have to feel
Good after that meal! Have a great night Kath!

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10 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles November 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

It’s been a while since I’ve had spaghetti squash. We belong to a CSA program, and they never have it – which is a bummer!

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11 emily November 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I got turned off by a bad spaghetti squash last season too. Your post is totally making me crave one now though, so I guess you broke both of our streaks! Now I just have to go find a spaghetti squash :)

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12 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Ahahahah wait. I greet people like that ALL the time. I love it.

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13 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm

i have a spaghetti squash on my counter that is dying to be eaten! i don’t know why i have avoided it for so long… i thinks its the long cooking time that scares me away, but the end result is so delish! vanilla rooibos is my nighttime favorite :)

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14 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I totally love spaghetti squash!! It is one of my favs <–I eat it like spaghetti with sauce and cheese. SO good.

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15 Lele November 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

My mom introduced me to squash with just butter and cumin on top of it and I CANNOT STOP EATING IT. It seems like something you would like :D Something about the sweet and smoky, oh man.

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16 ashley November 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I’ve never had spaghetti squash.
But I eat bread with every meal (including dinner and before bed).

I think I’m the only one who still eats breads and carbs after 7 pm… (sigh) :(

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17 KathEats November 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I often have bread with dinner!

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18 ashley December 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I don’t exercise much though (unless one walk per day counts) so I have carb-guilt :(

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19 Jessica December 1, 2011 at 12:08 am

I have toast for a snack almost every night!

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20 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 30, 2011 at 9:30 pm

This is the second post I’ve read today that said they were fans of pasta. I (and my waist) really wish I felt that way! Although, maybe if I had all that delicious bread I could get my carb fill that way ;)

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21 Kara November 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

One day I’ll actually have to make spaghetti squash because ever time I’ve had it it’s been watery and gross.
Also, you have such a Southern accent in that video! I know you’re from the South but for some reason I never pictured you as having an accent.

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22 Meagan November 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

YUM spaghetti squash. It’s the only good thing about winter!

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23 Paige @ Running Around Normal November 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I love spaghetti squash! I think it pairs great with really any kind of cheese :) I Think butternut’s my fave squash though.

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24 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Lovee it! Looks amazing :)

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25 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon November 30, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I love cereal heated up and all my roommates think it’s so weird! I’m glad to see I’m not alone :)

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26 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 30, 2011 at 10:27 pm

The spaghetti squash looks great and I love being able to use my blog as my own personal date-keeper/finder, i.e. when was the last time I went to the dentist or made rice krispy treats or things like that…it may not help others but hey, I help myself. lol

Have a great nite!

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27 katie @KatieDid November 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I love how much squash they yield! I can plow through a bnut squash way too fast but spaghettis always seem to last for days and days if you get a good sized one. I cooked my first one a few weeks back and now I’m in love! so good with pesto mixed in.

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28 Lindsay @ biking before bed November 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Although I haven’t been blogging that long… I love looking back at old recipes. It’s so nice to have everything documented. I have still never cooked a spaghetti squash. Something about the stringy texture just doesn’t sound appealing to me. But you make it look so tasty.

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29 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm

mmmm… love biscotti!!

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30 Army Amy* November 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I heart spaghetti squash! I eat it about once a month.*

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31 Luv What You Do November 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I love to eat spaghetti squash in the fall. I never get that creative with my toppings.
Why did you add the nutritional yeast?

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32 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

for a hint of cheesiness!

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33 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I love the Vanilla Roobios tea. I drink it just about every morning. ;)

I love the way squash is so versatile. Great dish you got going on there. Filled with colors and heathy goodness.

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34 Nikki November 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Hi Kath!
Normally I would avoid talking about body weight issues because your blog is so much more than that!!! (e.g. your blog is the sole reason that I’m now addicted to healthy living blogs!)
But as someone who used to weigh a bit less than I currently do, I’m curious how you deal with looking back at yourself and thinking that you looked thinner. You seem to have a really healthy attitude about this kind of thing, so I’m wondering if you’re telling yourself something that I should be telling myself too:)

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35 Melissa December 1, 2011 at 12:11 am

I was wondering this too

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36 mel December 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

I think you look great then and now Kath (and pretty much the same). We have all looked a little skinner at certain times in our lives and I try not to dwell on that because life has changed! You are amazing

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37 Jen December 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

You’re not going to stay the same weight as you age (or most normal people don’t). It’s a natural part of aging and maturing. Plus, we all go through different phases and changes in life. Athletes become moms and/or career driven and priorities change.
That doesn’t mean you get ‘big’ or an excuse to get overweight -no – but it’s normal to look your age and not 10 or 20 years younger. Kath looks perfectly NORMAL now and healthy. God, I wish people would stop this crazy quest to be skinny-small and want to stay the same way they once were…

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38 mel December 1, 2011 at 8:28 am

I agree. It is hard to come to terms with your body changing, but as a almost 26 yr old now, my body is different than when I was 21. It’s not “bigger” just different. I am more muscular, have a little wider hips, and a little bigger boobs…my hubby welcomes the change. haha. I don’t want the same body I had in high school. I want a body that is fit and healthy but that can nurture a child (or 4) one day, while still competing in races!!! I also agree that growing older is not an excuse to become lazy or gain a lot of weight though.

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39 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

Hey Nikki, someone asked me this a few days ago and this is what i said:

Tough question. I think I just have a different life now. I have more to celebrate and more to enjoy these days. I own a bakery now, I write a food blog now, I have a home-brewing beer husband now. So I’d say I’m really happy with how life is going right now, and my body reflects that

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40 Nikki December 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

That’s a wonderful answer, Kath! Thank you!!

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41 Angie December 2, 2011 at 7:12 am

This response could not be more eloquent. I always wonder if you are as happy as your daily posts portray. This answer indicates that you are truly happy and I find that so inspiring.

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42 Khushboo November 30, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I’ve only had spaghetti squash a couple of times and while it’s not my favorite squash, I do enjoy it….especially with hummus!

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43 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Mmmm.. I love spaghetti squash and it has great flavors eaten just out of the oven. YUM!

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44 Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken November 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Thank you Kath! You have inspired me to make spaghetti squash for my birthday this weekend. Nothing like a little squish to get a gal excited!

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45 lynn @ the actor's diet December 1, 2011 at 12:16 am

i haven’t had spaghetti squash in forever either – just looked it up on my blog and my last time i made it was october 2010:
http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/cream-colored-ponies/

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46 Laura @ She Eats Well December 1, 2011 at 12:29 am

I think spaghetti squash is a perfect veggie to add to a comfort food meal during the colder winter months. Thanks for the reminder! I will be on the lookout for one at my farmer’s market this weekend.

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47 Jenn (eating bender) December 1, 2011 at 1:24 am

I remember this video! I was so impressed by you, and it literally was the reason I went out and bought my first spaghetti squash. Love thinking about where I was back when I had first discovered food blogging, and how much has changed since then. Still am impressed by you, just for the record. :)

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48 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

Love that you’ve been reading for so long!!

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49 Health Bee December 1, 2011 at 2:17 am

The spaghetti squash looks delicious! Stay warm, my friend.

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50 Lorin December 1, 2011 at 3:34 am

How funny, I haven’t had spaghetti squash in so long either and decided to make it a few days ago. It’s really good! I don’t like pasta too much either, I feel like it always needs a sauce to taste good. I’d rather have something naturally tasty, but ravioli is good too.

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51 Clare @ SweetnSimple December 1, 2011 at 3:49 am

Ooo I’ve never tried spaghetti squash – another thing for my ‘to-try’ list :)

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52 Casi DeSarro December 1, 2011 at 5:53 am

I LOVE spaghetti squash, thanks for the reminder. I’m going to make some very soon! Also, just wanted to let you know that I started a (healthy) food blog today called “Dash of Decadence” and you should know that you are my #1 inspiration in creating it! Thanks for doing what you do and I hope to have a positive influence and inspire others just like you do. THANK YOU :)

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53 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

Congrats – and cute name!

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54 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 1, 2011 at 7:43 am

Spaghetti squash is next on my list of squash’s to try. You make it look so tasty! So far, my new squash favourite is Sweet Dumpling.

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55 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

I love spaghetti squash! I’ve been rotating through one type of squash per week this fall, and spaghetti squash is on next week’s rotation. I’m so excited! :D

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56 Cait's Plate December 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

I’ve had the absolute WORST luck with trying to make spaghetti squash!! Every time I’ve attempted it it’s been a major fail. You’ve inspired me to try again using your method!!

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57 Amanda December 1, 2011 at 8:18 am

I loved watching your spaghetti squash video. I wasn’t a blog reader back then, so it’s fun to see how you’ve changed. You looked beautiful then, and you look beautiful now. :)

I haven’t had spaghetti squash since last year, but I think it needs to make a comeback. The actual squash doesn’t do much for me, but I pretty much view spaghetti as a vehicle for the sauce anyway, so it works.

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58 Karen December 1, 2011 at 8:27 am

I pretty much pile on the toppings w/spaghetti squash too as it’s nearly flavorless on it’s own. Every time I eat it, I feel a little cheated in the flavor department given how intensely sweet and savory the other types of squashes are. It is, however, the most fun squash to eat and I always marvel when witnessing a two pound squash produce enough “pasta” for a small army.

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59 Molly @ RDexposed December 1, 2011 at 8:39 am

Love your light Southern accent in the video!

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60 Nacho Lindsay December 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

You can roast a spaghetti squash whole if you poke holes in it. I roast mine for about 45 minutes, pull it out & let it cool. Then I cut it in half (MUCH easier than trying to cut a raw one!) and scoop out the innards before forking (ha!) the rest of it.

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61 Jen December 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

Hey, thanks for the tip. I almost cut my fingers off every time I try to cut it in half first! I’ve also heard that you can poke it with a fork or knife and microwave it for a minute or so to make it easier to cut before you stick it in the oven.

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62 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

Your dinner looks so delicious! The last time I made spaghetti squash, I hated it. I’m going to have to try your method of roasting it. :)

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63 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte December 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

Thanks for reminding me how much I LOOOVE spaghetti squash! It’s going on the shopping list for next week…. :-)

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64 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

I love spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti. Then I can load up on sauce and toppings for a healthy, delicious meal!

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65 BaileyA December 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

As you read The Hunger Games, consider it’s similarities to Ender’s Game as well. And if you haven’t ever read Ender’s Game, I HIGHLY recommend it.

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66 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

I have to try spaghetti squash. They had it at the produce market the other day, but I passed it by. Never sure how to cook it. I’ll give this a try. Thanks!

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67 Angel7 December 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

I have never tried spaghetti squash. But if you like it, I will have to try it.

Double Chocolate Biscotti sounds decadent!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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68 Allison December 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

Feed me any carbs and I’ll be a happy woman :) I had never heard of spaghetti squash until I started reading blogs a couple of years ago and still haven’t cooked one myself- the whole process sounds intimidating! I love squash though, someday I’ll gain the confidence…

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69 Kelsey December 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

Penny says she misses you – and that was a GRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEATTTTTTTT date!

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70 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had spaghetti squash…but now I know how to cook one! Thanks ;)

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71 Jane December 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Cute video, and now I have to try my first spaghetti squash! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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72 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel December 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Never have I ever: had spaghetti squash! But I want it! It’s just one of those things that I need to remember to buy next time I’m home from college.

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73 Megan Murray December 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

The spaghetti squash looks and sounds to-die-for! I just recently found out that I really, really like spaghetti squash from a recommendation by one of my professors. I am inexperienced in cooking any winter squashes but have been doing some experimenting. I can not wait to try making this!

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