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The Butternut Tales, Part One: Little Miss Butternut Returns!

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Did you ever have a favorite food you ate every day, but then, for some reason, forgot about? That’s exactly what happened to my poor butternut fries. The Way We Were (circa 2005):

So strong was my love for the fries that I made a scrapbook page in their honor!

I gave my dad the official title of “Fry-Cutter.”

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Jemima says:

    I’ve never tried butternut fries! I have sweet potato fries quite often (or ’rounds’ since I’m too lazy to cut a fry shape.. 😉 I must try them! You’re so gorgeous missy – lots of love, xxx

  2. Animal-Friendly says:

    I love butternut squash in all forms and I can’t believe I haven’t tried fries yet- they sound delicious and I can’t wait for part 2!

  3. I ♥ puggies says:

    Ooh, how wonderful! I laughed soooo hard when I saw your “naughty picture.” You are sooo hilarious! Thanks for always having the greatest blog posts.

  4. shelby says:

    I’ve tried b-nut fries but I have to admit I like SweetP fries better! Well I’ve only had b-nuts once…maybe I should give them another shot!

  5. Jen aka Jewbacca says:

    butternut squash fries sound really good! i imagine they would taste just like sweet potato fries, perhaps softer.

    thank you so much for your compliment. you are really sweet. i wanted to let you know i also read the part of your blog where you explain your weight and it made me smile. you write really well.

    i’m so sorry anyone would harangue you about your appearance. boo hiss and a big ol’ piss on anyone who is mean. body size is not an accurate indicator of health. people who are obsessed with the sizes of others be it thin or fat are the ones who have a problem. the truest most amazing beauty comes from within.

    some people forget that true veganism is more than just refraining from animal products. it’s also about being kind to each other.

  6. vegannurse says:

    You looked so cute back then.. love your hairstyle!

    Mmm.. butternut squash! I’ve never actually had them as “fries”, I’ve always eaten them cubed or straight up. Your dad got mad cuttin’ skills, haha.

    Can’t wait for part two..

  7. Kate says:

    Those fries sound good. I need your Dad to come up here and help me out.

    I loooove that you have a whole scrapbook page devoted to the fries-that’s the kind of foodie I can appreciate. Yum Yum!

  8. jane says:

    Hey Katie!
    Your posts always make me smile cause i have the same quirky sense of humor. anyway, i was just wondering- how do you cut the butternut so the fries are so even and the same size? I tried making butternut squash fries the other day and some were too big so they were mushy and some were too small so they were burnt! so i was wondering if there was an easy way to size them better. Thanks!!

  9. sassy stephanie says:

    You are so cute. I love that you scrapped about them! Love, too, that Dad wore such an appropriate shirt for the job!

  10. Abby says:

    Hi there! I’m planning to be a vegetarian, but I don’t know how to maintain it. I tried to be lacto-ovo-vegetarian but my sschool and social events do not permit me to be one due to a lot of social eating with friends and family, so I can’t be too picky with what I eat. As a vegetarian, what suggestions could you give me to cope up with this? I hope you’ll take time to repond to this, because I admire people like you who can resist meat without the hassles. BTW, I changed my blog address to Feel free to visist ir anytime 😉 Thank you and keep posting 😉

  11. ConsiderEatz! says:

    Oh boy, I just bought a squash the other day, love em all!
    You and your daddio are too cute! :)

  12. Kiki says:

    Butternut squash is my very favorite! I have an intense craving for b-nut squash fries now. It’s cool that you scrap book!

  13. ttfn300 says:

    omg i love these things! in fact, i had some tonight :)

  14. snugglebunny says:

    Now that sounds like a great way to eat butternut squash. Unfortunately, I find it difficult to find where I live, if you can believe it. It is here for a few weeks in the fall and then gone.

  15. Ricki says:

    Fabulous idea! I already love sweet potato fries, so why not these?

  16. Eddie G says:

    I love butternut squash in every which way-but FRIES?!?-SUPER YUM!!! I can’t wait to try this :)

  17. Chelsea says:

    Yum! I just made butternut squash fries last week! I’m stoked to see your recipe… the one I used was tasty, but they were a little limp :( haha

    And yes, Jewbacca is all that!

  18. Meg says:

    I have had butternut squash soup, but I have yet to try the fries. I think it is time!

  19. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    A scrapbook page for butternut squash fries? You are quite the fan. I love it…and your dad even got in on the action. I don’t think my dad would even know what a butternut squash looks like, much less how to cut one. :)

    Can’t wait for the recipe as I love the fries as well. Have a good weekend Katie!

  20. lighterportions says:

    I was just chatting with my mom earlier today about how much I love squash and about how upset I was at the fact that we were AT the grocery store and I completely forgot to grab some squash! So we have no squash in our house. And now that you wrote this post I want squash more than EVER!

    I love that you scrapbooked about squash. That’s some hardcore squash loving right there. Your pa is clearly a squash fry pro.

  21. Marianne says:

    Ooooh…can’t wait for your squash fry recipe. I have me a b-nut in the cupboard just waiting to be transformed into some blogland fries!

  22. Romina says:

    Your dad is so cool!!
    Butternut squash is amazing 😀

  23. Vegetation says:

    Yay! I can’t wait for the recipe! I love butternut pumpkin!!! (If only I could get my husband to do some of the cutting…….)

  24. Rina says:

    Ahh, you’ve inspired me to buy butternut squash FOR THE FIRST TIME today!! How does your Dad cut it so well? I tried to cut it in half and almost chopped my hand off! I’m having my Dad chop it for me tomorrow. I also think that’s a good way to use his Ivy League education (my dad’s a grad. of Columbia)..which ivy league did your dad go to? Anyway, LOVE your BLOG and you look absolutely gorgeous AND healthy!

  25. Becks - Not a Rabbit. says:

    Your dad is an awesome fry-cutter!
    I may have to try some butternut squash fries myself now ~ seeing as you speek so highly of them >:o)

  26. chocolatecoffeekitchen says:

    Squash fries! I have got to try these. I love your scrapbook page in their honour.

    You should come to wordpress CCV, all the cool kids are doing it…c’mon….hahaha ok no peer pressure there but seriously I think you could move your blog absolutely anywhere and all of your wonderful dedicated readers would follow. You couldn’t escape us if you tried!!! :)

  27. newcitygirl says:

    Mmmm… those look great! Why do I not cook more? Or at least microwave things less…?

  28. Kate says:

    wierd! I am eating bs (yes, bs:P)fries right now. I wish my dad knew how to use the oven! hahaaaa At least you know where you got your cookin skillz.

  29. Kiersten says:

    I looove butternut squash, it’s one of my favorite veggies. It’s cool that your dad used to cut all those fries for you, although he’s probably glad you don’t eat them as often anymore. Can’t wait for the recipe!

  30. laci says:

    OOO I <# the play on "fries" from the original white potato, to the amazingly sweet and camamelized organic winter yam, to the fabulous orangey, perfectly cut (by your pop) butternut-squash fries! That pic of you 4 years ago os adorable… you have a movie star grin Katie! 😀

  31. foodfashionfun says:

    hmm I’ve never tried butternutfries but I LOVE french fries so they sound super yummy!

  32. Nicole ( says:

    I love butternut squash fries, mmmmmmm.

  33. River says:

    That picture of you with your lunch is the cutest! Your dad is awesome, what an excellent fry-cutter!

    Jen has a nerd crush on you! I think there are a lot of us that do! :)

  34. fitforfree says:

    love the scrapbooking! post more pages! :-)

  35. Jessie says:

    Mmm, I love butternut squash. Looking forward to your secret ingredient in part two!

  36. Bianca says:

    I’ve seen these on the blogs lately and I must try them soon!!! I love butternut squash! Your daddy is just too cute with his little fry-making self. Dads are the best!!!

    I’m kinda sad that you didn’t post another “naughty” squash pic.

  37. VeganCowGirl says:

    mmmmm can’t wait for the second part of the story!

  38. alaina says:

    i love butternut squash and i love fries, but i’ve never had butternut squash fries!! i will definitely be making some, thank you for inspiring me 😉

  39. herbivore says:

    I love this. It makes me happy. I have never had butternut squash fries. I can image they must be something like sweet potato fries. They look good!

  40. miss v says:

    cute post! reminds me of foodie-fun with my dad. :)

  41. shellyfish says:

    My daddy was the fry cutter in our family, too!

  42. aTxVegn says:

    I have the same fry cutter as your dad!

  43. cherry_lips says:

    i don’t know what is a butternut squash! don’t you know the name in spanish? hehe

  44. Alice (in Veganland) says:

    And do these butternut fries really taste like fries? because that would be AWESOME…

  45. ChocolateCoveredVegan says:

    Rina—I totally hear you about the “almost chopped my hand off” comment! I’ve done that too; those squashes can be DANGEROUS! My dad uses a fry-cutter (I’ll blog about it in my next post). Oh, and he went to Columbia too! (Brown undergrad, Columbia business school… maybe our dads were there at the same time!)

  46. Shani says:

    I just recently came across you blog, and I’m loving your delicious recipes. I’m not a vegan, but I am playing around with some vegetarian and vegan recipes lately and I’m loving all your different recipes.I have celiac disease so I have to make some adjustments, but over all you make me want to stay cooking lots more now.

    :) keep up the good work, I will be checking back!

  47. Fitnessista says:

    ahhh i love it!
    and thank you for the shout out 😀
    butternut is best in fry form!! my fave <3

  48. Bethany says:

    your dad made a TON of fries. it’s so cool that he helps you w/ your fries.