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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/18/2016, 12:13 pm

I halve them and cook them right in the microwave cut side down, no water.  One half a med one can take about 8 - 12 minutes.  Wear an oven mitt and you can scoop the meat right out afterward. Sometimes I seed them first and sometimes I'm lazy and don't until after cooking.  But I love them best cut in cubes, seasoned and roasted in the toaster oven on the tray covered with parchment, peel left on, with brussel sprouts.

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Post  countrynaturals on 8/18/2016, 2:54 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I halve them and cook them right in the microwave cut side down, no water.  One half a med one can take about 8 - 12 minutes.  Wear an oven mitt and you can scoop the meat right out afterward.  Sometimes I seed them first and sometimes I'm lazy and don't until after cooking.  But I love them best cut in cubes, seasoned and roasted in the toaster oven on the tray covered with parchment, peel left on, with brussel sprouts.

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Oooo, sounds like a good candidate for the grill. I used to think that cooking veggies on th BBQ was silly -- until I tasted some. WOW!  I love you

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/18/2016, 10:08 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I halve them and cook them right in the microwave cut side down, no water.  One half a med one can take about 8 - 12 minutes.  Wear an oven mitt and you can scoop the meat right out afterward.  Sometimes I seed them first and sometimes I'm lazy and don't until after cooking.  But I love them best cut in cubes, seasoned and roasted in the toaster oven on the tray covered with parchment, peel left on, with brussel sprouts.

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Love both ideas....I have an industrial size oven/stove and it is not suitable for summer cooking!  Thanks, CC

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Post  sanderson on 9/4/2016, 3:41 am

Extreme care for the late winter squashes.  There are no pollinators in the area so I have to hand pollinate.  First I have to brush out all of the ants from the female.  After pollinating, I have to dust talc on the flower and fruit to keep the ants off.

Question:  Will pantyhose prevent rats and opossums from eating the fruits?




The original vines on the trellis are long dead, but daughter vines are spreading like crazy.  Where I have pollinated a female, I'm doing like Has and cutting off the vine a couple leaves out.  I'm hoping to get the fruit to ripen before December.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/5/2016, 10:57 am

Talk about labor intensive!  Hope you get some, Sanderson!

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Post  sanderson on 9/5/2016, 3:00 pm

SR, This will all be in vain if the rat/opossum nibbles on them. Will panty hose / knee hose work?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/5/2016, 6:25 pm

I really don't know.  My big varmint is squirrels.  No idea about rats.  All rodents. I feed them....peanuts from Krogers, yep.

@sanderson wrote:SR,  This will all be in vain if the rat/opossum nibbles on them.  Will panty hose / knee hose work?

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/5/2016, 7:17 pm

May as well try it, Sanderson. It probably won't make it any worse. I have a nibbled one that I need to put a knee hi on also but I don't have any to put on it or I would.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/5/2016, 8:03 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:May as well try it, Sanderson. It probably won't make it any worse. I have a nibbled one that I need to put a knee hi on also but I don't have any to put on it or I would.

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I would agree.  It can't hurt the endeavor.  Stupid rodents!

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Post  sanderson on 9/6/2016, 3:53 am

I'll check out Dollar Store for cheapies. I tossed PH, trouser socks and knee highs when I retired, except for one nice pair of panty hose for weddings and funerals.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/6/2016, 12:51 pm

Found a slug at the edge of my squashes nibble this morning. blech! Just went to the Dollar store yesterday and never thought of getting knee hi's. You know, maybe a trouser sock would suffice...

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