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You loved our corn bread hors d'oeuvres baked in mini-muffin tins, so we found a way to make them even more scrumptious. Mix in one of the sweet, savory, or spicy flavor combinations below, or create your own. You'll have appetizers to feed an army, or at least a few dozen of your closest friends.
Domestic plums are crimson to black-red with a yellow or reddish flesh; they are in season May through October. European varieties, which peak during the fall months, range from green to blue to purple and have a golden yellow flesh.
In Season: Similar to other types of winter squash such as pumpkins and acorn squash, butternut squash are at their best from early fall through winter.What to Look For: Butternut squash have a hard, light-tan rind and a golden-orange flesh. They range in size from 6 to 12 inches long and weigh between 2 and 5 pounds; choose one that feels heavy for its size. The skin should be smooth and uniform in color with a matte surface.How to Store: This hardy squash can be kept for up to three months in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate.