Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sausage and Tomatoes

One of the results of eating with the seasons is, sometimes, one feels like one is stuck on the same page.

I had a bumper crop of acorn squash this year, and very few butternut squash.

As the acorn only have about half the storage life as the butternut, we’re eating those first.

As we have so many, we’re eating them often.

Very often.

The recipe, Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sausage and Tomatoes, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Acorn Squash, Stuffed with Beef & Tomatoes.

I get an email from my niece the other day, looking for my mother’s fruit salad recipe.

She remembers it from when she was a child, always loved it and now wants to make it for her family.

Unfortunately, I never liked it, never ate it and couldn’t find the recipe – although I found one that I think might be it…

I looked through my mother’s ‘local’ cook books – the ones compiled for the church or village or women’s groups that she would have both used and contributed to.

It took me a very long time – I was having such fun reading the recipes!

I have to say, with the advent of Google, there is no longer any creativity in naming food. If you want your recipe to be found it has to include the ingredients.

These are so much more fun:

Clouds at Sunrise: a dessert made with cherry pie filling and whipped cream

Lemon Fluff Delight: Angel food cake with a lemon glaze

Apple Rum Dum: apple cake with caramel sauce

Tomorrow Salad: fruit salad with a cooked dressing (I think this was my mother’s)

Round Robin Dessert: a dessert of lemons, jello, condensed milk and honey (???)

Elephant Tracks: a type of cinnamon roll

Casey Jones Bars: a type of coconut bar cookie with brown sugar frosting.

Uncooked Hot Dish: ground beef, noodles and other stuff, dumped into the baking dish raw.

Farmer John: I think it’s a raisin cake…. or maybe a tea bread… Similar, I think, to Hill-Billy Cake.

Sunshine Cake: I think it’s just a yellow cake.

All of these recipes were submitted by women, of course.

In the older cook books the women listed their names as: Mrs. John Anderson.

That slowly changed to: Mrs. John Anderson (Mary)

To: Mrs. John Anderson (Mary Smith)

And, finally: Mary Anderson

Anyone else remember whimsical food names?


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5 thoughts on “Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sausage and Tomatoes”

  1. I do, Katie, but few of them come to mind right now, except something called Pumpkin Yum Yum. But you are so right: They often come from church cookbooks. Not especially healthy food, but so satisfying.
    OK, Bear Claws, Puppy Chow – stuff you can still buy in Wisconsin groceries stores.
    I love squash with sausage, by the way.

  2. You’re right! We’ve lost something wonderful. Even though cherry pie filling and whipped cream seems to be missing the pastry, I suddenly want to have Clouds at Sunrise, simply for the name!
    I’ve always loved the name “Angels on Horseback” for graham crackers with roasted marshmallows and chocolate. And “Cheese Dreams” for melted cheese on toast. But I think my two favourites are “Blue Soup” and “My Favourite Meat” that were in my husband’s family repertoire. “Blue Soup” is white bean and ham hock soup; “My Favourite Meat” is a chop that is braised in sherry and red currant jelly.
    Your sausage stuffed acorn squash sounds wonderful! Lucky you having a glut of acorn squash! Although, my allegiance to acorn squash has suddenly shifted after trying last night’s dumpling squash. Oh my!!

  3. Mimi, Pumpkin Yum Yum – sounds good! I love reading the church cook books – and, yes, some of the recipes are pretty, um, unhealthy…. LOL
    manningroad, Hedgehog? I’ll have to Google that ;-))
    Zoomie, we can get Floating Island at the local restaurants, here….
    Elizabeth, I thought Angels on Horseback was an oyster dish?!? Blue Soup…. My mother always made something she just called ‘Hot Dish’… love the simple names. The family knows what it is, though, right? The only squash we get is what I grow…. and I only have so much space.

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