My husband and my long-time ex-boyfriend have very little in common. One thing they do share, however, is an aversion to savory squash dishes. No matter how lovingly I'd prepare, say, acorn squash stuffed with lentils, or butternut soup flavored with paprika and cumin; they'd both turn up their noses. "Pumpkin is just for pies," each would say. My husband, the more generous of the two (hence his status as my husband), would gamely take a serving. And barely make a dent.
"I love you, I just can't eat savory squash," was the message. Come dessert time, the pumpkin pies and pumpkin cheesecakes would disappear in a whirlwind of whipped cream, my gourmet ways with squash finally appreciated. I wonder: is this a guy thing? Or do some people just come hard-wired to appreciate both the sweet and the savory aspects of these velvety winter veggies? Will you eat your pumpkin spicy?