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DECEMBER 17, 2006 1:08 PM

From the Mantel to the Plate!
It's time to turn those fall home decor accents into a delectable side for your Christmas feast. Take that acorn squash off the mantelpiece, preheat the oven to 425, and get ready to start mincing garlic.

What you'll need
2 acorn or carnival squash, seeds scooped out and cut into crescents
Salt and Pepper
4 Tablespoons olive oil (plus extra for tossing squash)
2 Tablespoons lime juice
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons cilantro or parsley, chopped.

Here's what to do...
(1) Toss squash crescents with olive oil, salt and pepper; (2) place squash on a cookie sheet or roasting pan and roast in 425 degree oven until soft and getting caramelized (about 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally); (3) while squash is roasting, combine oilive oil, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro (or parsley); (4) when squash is just out of the oven, toss it in the vinaigrette and serve immediately.

Part of a delectable Christmas ensemble near you!
Our festive winter squash joined a chorus of other holiday favorites: pecan and macadamia encrusted seitan cutlets, cornbread stuffing, braised cabbage, and mashed potatoes and gravy.