By Monty Torres
"Squash". It's not the most appealing name when you're thinking of good things to eat, but don't let it fool you. The many varieties of squash are time-honored foods packed with serious nutrition and full of flavor. The hard-shelled squash species are uniquely American, according to the home gardening website "Dave's Garden, (http://davesgarden.com/) ,
European conquerors carried the squash back across the Atlantic, and many varieties were created around the Mediterranean Basin. It is some of those same winter squashes that are now the primary ingredients in modern dishes imparting their unique flavors to your holiday menu. So how do you do that yourself?