Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Squash Talk

I have to begin work in about 10 minutes if I'm ever going to finish this editing job, but I have The Today Show running on cable in the background and I'm wondering what genius thought 4 hours of this morning show was something the American people craved every single morning. FOUR HOURS! Two hours is more than enough! The network is acting out of desperation. Isn't NBC last in the ratings war? Well, this strategy isn't going to get them out of the ratings pit.

Just now two of The Today Show hosts spent 10 minutes raving over winter squash. Why? Why? And a guest demonstrated a recipe for Winter Squash Galette, which they all drooled over as if it were filet mignon or Beef Wellington. Again, may I ask why? Their very drooling was an act of desperation.

A dinner-party host once tried to convince me that spaghetti squash tasted "just like pasta." I was so ready to love it. But how could I? It tasted like squash. Who was that guy trying to kid?!


So here's the point: Because of The Today Show's desperation for interest talking points, this morning I was subjected to squash talk and reminded that spaghetti squash is disgusting and does not taste like pasta. My day is ruined.

Change the channel? What, I should get UP? (I've misplace my remote. Again.)

18 Comments:

Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

I don't think I have ever had Squash. Am I missing out?

Oct 23, 2007, 7:23:00 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hate squash. Hate Today after the first hour.

Oct 23, 2007, 7:25:00 PM  
Blogger chelene said...

I've always thought that squash looks like some other vegetable or fruit that's gone bad. Not appetizing at all.

Oct 23, 2007, 9:37:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

I don't think so Sans. Squash is mushy and stringy. And trust me, spaghetti squash does not taste like pasta.

Oct 23, 2007, 11:32:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Beth, you are a wise woman. Especially because you agree with me. :)

Chelene, it does! I think it looks like spoiled pumpkin. But tons of people love it. Go figure.

Oct 23, 2007, 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

it's good if you just cut it up and put on your salad, along with the other salad stuff.

Oct 24, 2007, 1:27:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Don't lie to me, Teri. Please.

Oct 24, 2007, 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger tmollie said...

I too once was told that spaghetti squash was good. So I (following instructions) cheerfully poked holes in it. Stuck it in the microwave, set the timer, left the room.
Pretty soon I hear a big bang. My microwave door was open, a little bent. The inside of it was covered with spaghetti squash.
Yep, you guessed it, it ruined my microwave & I have never touched that deadly squash again.
Now remember I was told it was ok to cook it this way.
I should have sent my friend the bill for a new microwave oven.

Oct 24, 2007, 8:25:00 PM  
Blogger Zed said...

Oh tmollie, that's terrible. And your microwave wasn't even sacrificed for something delicious. See, you just gave us another reason to hate squash. It tastes terrible and blows up your microwave. It's a horrible vegetable! (It's a veggie, right?)

Oct 24, 2007, 8:41:00 PM  
Blogger Sushiboy said...

MMM. I like squash. I hated it as a kid, but I've grown fond of various forms of it. Pumpkin is, of course, is probably the best, but I also like banna squash and acorn. And deep fried zucchini (aviable at your local Carl's-Jr/Hardees, for those don't care to make it) is yummy, try it with some ranch salad dressing.

I think the reason people don't like squash is that they forget the fundamental law of food consumption. The more unhealthy the food, the better it tastes. Squash, being quite healthy, takes quite a bit of butter and/or other fattening products to take it to the point that it becomes unhealthy, thus, tasty. Try deep frying your squash or dipping it in swimming pools of melted butter. You'll like squash in no time.

Oct 24, 2007, 11:10:00 PM  
Blogger Sushiboy said...

huh, I guess I can't spell a-v-a-i-l-a-b-l-e. I wonder what caused that, the squash, or the butter.

Oct 24, 2007, 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger Just Dave said...

Zuchinni is OK but the rest is only good for making obscene sculptures. See pic at my blog for proof.

Oct 25, 2007, 12:52:00 AM  
Blogger tmollie said...

Zed, yes I think squash is a veggie. It really does need to taste better if it is going to claim to be a veg.

Oct 25, 2007, 9:12:00 AM  
Blogger Skylers Dad said...

You know what Zed? I couldn't believe the Today show went to 3 hours! What the fuck were they thinking going to 4?

Oct 26, 2007, 4:47:00 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

I like squash but the spaghetti squash in no way tastes like pasta, I fell for it too Zed!

Oct 26, 2007, 11:19:00 PM  
Anonymous gifted typist said...

We have to eat squash because it is part of our culinary tradition. That is because people didn't have fridges 200 years ago. Now we're stuck with it, like turkey at thanksgiving. It's an obligation. We're supposed to like it because it's part of our heritage, but we all hate it and hate our ancestors for making it part of our past and making us eat it.
All together now everyone:
Squash: bluck!

Oct 29, 2007, 6:41:00 PM  
Blogger mixednut said...

I've always heard that it tastes like pasta too. Thanks for squashing that rumour.

Oct 31, 2007, 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

ew, squash is not on my list of favorite veggies... any form of squash for that matter.

Nov 26, 2007, 1:40:00 AM  

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