Squash is a year-round pleasure, with different varieties of the vegetable coming into season during different months throughout the year. From summer's zucchini to autumn's pumpkin harvest, there is so much of this lasting vegetable category to take advantage of.

As we near the height of holiday shopping and eating for 2012, the winter's prime squashes come into their peak. Winter squashes include butternut squash, acorn squash, delicata squash, spaghetti squash and more. These sweet, meaty gourds are perfect ingredients to experiment with all season long.

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