Having Trouble Finding Kabocha?

by HEAB on December 2, 2009

Well then, today is your lucky day. 🙂

But first, guess who won a jar of homemade chipotle almond butter?????

I’m so excited to announce today’s random winner because I happen to love this girl, and I know she loves spicy foods. Congrats to Fitnessista. Expect some almond butter in your mailbox soon my friend!

Onto today’s blogiversary giveaway…

Did you all know that I really love this crazy little winter squash called kabocha? 😉


No? Well, I do. Love it sooooo much. It’s great roasted plain…


You can put it in pancakes….


You can make kabocha butter


Yesterday, I made a kabocha custard. Click here for the recipe.


You can play with Mr. Kabocha Head


You can even carve your kabocha. After all, kabocha means pumpkin in Japapnese…


Such a versatile little veggie, no? Want to know what my favorite thing to do with a kabocha squash is?


Duh…slow roasted kabocha pureed with Jay Robb rice protein powder, cinnamon, and maca powder exploding from a waning tahini jar. THE BEST!

One commenter from today’s post will get their very own kabocha squash sent from me to you. Sorry to all my international readers, but U.S. residents only please. Blame it on those crazy customs folks.

I leave you with our mantle. I finally got the Christmas decorations up, and yes, we have stockings for our dogs…we’re totally those people.


Later, I came home to CD’s Random Comment of the Day


Ha ha, very funny CD. 🙂

Don’t forget to click here for a chance to win Katie’s Artisana coconut butter giveaway and here to win Erica’s yoga mat giveaway.



Shannon December 3, 2009 at 7:55 am

custard?? i like the sounds of that 🙂 i added hummus to my egg-salsa mix last night and thought of you!! it was fabulous, even if i did cook my eggs in the microwave and throw it on top of some mixed greens 🙂 ( it looked interesting!)

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 3, 2009 at 8:04 am

Shannon, Perfect dinner in my opinion. Oh, and just so ya know, all my meals look interesting. 🙂

Kalli December 3, 2009 at 7:52 am

I would LOVE to try kabocha. I cannot find it anywhere!

Ilana December 3, 2009 at 3:51 am

I’ve never tried kabocha, but I love pumpkin and butternut squash. I’ll look for it in the grocery.

Gaby December 2, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Perfect giveaway! I did my grocery shopping yesterday and was hoping to replace that kabocha that went bad and they didn’t have any! I ended up buying something really orange but I don’t remember the name of it. I’m sure it’s good because I love all squash, but kabocha is still the BEST. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this giveaway, and if not I’m still going to seek out a kabocha somewhere in this city!

monica December 2, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Oh Heab… how I would love another try at recieving kabochas from you!!!! Moldy or no I’m totally flexible!:)

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Monica, I think they would hold up much better now that it’s cooler!!! Plus, I haven’t gotten a bad one in a while. So yummy lately. Good luck in the giveaway! 🙂

Kelsey December 2, 2009 at 9:58 pm

yuuumm 😀

Cherie December 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Our grocery store had the kabocha on sale last week, so I bought three (kidding myself that they’d last a couple of weeks)! My family keeps teasing that I’ve become a kabocha addict…and they’re right, lol! I make a version similar to your custard, and I LOVE it! Self control is definitely an issue around it. Soooo yummy!

Oh, congrats on your anniversary Heather and I look forward to many more!!

roya December 2, 2009 at 9:40 pm

mmm sounds tasty…another food i’ve never tried!

Allie December 2, 2009 at 9:26 pm

a kabocha giveaway- i love it! i have a hard time lugging squash home by foot from Wfoods here, so i have yet to try one.

Rachel December 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm

What a cool giveaway! I still haven’t tried kabocha.

Keegan December 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Your kabocha recipes have been helping me get through my medical rotations! Love this stuff, but it’s disappeared suddenly. Out of season…. I hope certainly not, the semester isn’t over!!

Erin December 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I seriously love that you’re giving away a kabocha! I’m so excited to try one!

Light Delight with Tou Tou December 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I like that Mr Kabocha head best!!! 😀

rebecca lustig December 2, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Big fan of kabocha, I’ve had it several times, though I have yet to prepare it myself! Hmm, something to experiment with perhaps?

Have a great night, love!
bec xo

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 2, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I can’t believe Gina won your giveaway, that lucky girl!!!!!!!!!

And I will gladly take a squash from you. Only we trade if I happen to win: you send the squash, I send some goodies.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Sounds like a good deal to me Averie!

eatmovelove December 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Gosh, I always get here and there are a 1000 posts! Thanks for commenting on my blog Heather – I consider it an ‘Honor’ to have your presence – seriously!!
Ah boo, I need to cross the border :(…I had pepper squash with sweet potatoe fries and chicken all smothered in pasta sauce and other condiments tonight…and then carrot cake…and now I have a tire sitting in my stomach…oh well, c’est la vie no? Your one generous gal Heather !

Audrey December 2, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I’d love to try kabocha squash! I cant seem to find it in the grocery stores near me!

Emily GG December 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I just ate a whole small Kabocha!! I cut mine in half, scoop out the seeds, put it cut side down in a shallow baking dish at 400 for 40 minutes! It is perfect plain, DELISH!

Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) December 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I have been dying to try kabocha!!

justine December 2, 2009 at 7:49 pm

oh oh me me give me the pumpkin!!!!


N.D. December 2, 2009 at 7:48 pm

interesting combo on that chipotle almond butter. Totally creative. I made that cheese sauce last night!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

N.D. Did you like the cheese sauce?

Bekah December 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Bahaha you will definitely be seeing a vanilla protein-kabocha puree in a weening PB jar on my blog, very, very soon. NO JOKE.

And yes.. you were def the inspiration, again! It was sooo good though- and I even forgot to add the cinnamon. The kabocha was so intense, it almost killed the magic bullet. I managed. 🙂

livingfreeforever December 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Hi Heather,
Can’t eat kabocha due to anti-candida diet 🙁 Just wanted to say ‘HI’ 😀 You have lots of cool kabocha creations!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Hi Livingfree. 🙂

julie December 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm

dude. kabocha is the cheese. and i know for sure your hands MUST be glowing orange 🙂 totally worth it

Meggilizz December 2, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I HAVE NEVER HAD KABOCHA!!!!!!! And it’s all over the food blogs lately!!! I’m going to have to pick one up this weekend! 🙂

Kristen @ Simply Savor December 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm

i have never tried kabocha squash but have been dying to after always seeing your creative and delicious looking recipes for it! hope i win, thanks for the giveaway heather!

Red Head, Yellow Dog December 2, 2009 at 7:12 pm

I want one!!

Anne P December 2, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Yummy kabocha 🙂 Pick me pick me!

freshwholekatie December 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Okay. I’m totally going to try kabocha soon. I’ve never had it but the way you love it, it has to be fantastic. Thanks so much!

Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama December 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Yup – we have a stocking for our dog as well!

Morgan December 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm

I just saw some kabocha at the San Francisco farmer’s market and contemplated wrangling it through airport security, but, sadly, decided against it. I’m still on the lookout for it here in Santa Barbara, though it would be lovely if one were delivered right to my stoop…thanks!

Mandie December 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Kabocha is my absolute favorite! I singlehandedly gobbled on up on Thanksgiving. Heather, you’re the best! I can almost taste it now… 🙂

charlotte December 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Had kabocha today! Thought of you:) Although mine was just the plain roasted variety – nothing fancy here.

janetha December 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm

i am one of THOSE dog people too…

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Janetha, I know…one of the many reasons I love you. 🙂

Katie December 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm

I wish my pancakes looked HALF as good as yours!

Check out my blog for a new GIVEAWAY and SONGDOWNLOADS of the DAY!


Jess December 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm

After your rave reviews, I am so excited to be the proud owner of not one but two Kabocha squash from our Community Supported Agriculture Share. Looking forward to just roasting it – along with a bunch of other yummy root veggies from the CSA. I wouldn’t have know what it was were it not for you and your devotion to kabocha!

maren December 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm

still haven’t tried kabocha but would love to!!! sounds delicious

Shelby December 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Oh how I would love to win a kabocha! I can’t find them anywhere!

Emily GG December 2, 2009 at 3:49 pm


april December 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I’ve even got my mom addicted to kabocha! It’s the sweetest squash i’ve found!

laura December 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm

I would love to try it

fruitsveggieslife December 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I have missed my kabocha so much! I’ve only ever had it roasted… but I’m going to be trying each and every one of those ideas!

Lindsey December 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm

MMMM kabocha yes please! I can’t find them anywhere…I should have stocked up while they were around!
And kabocha CUSTARD? Nice.

homecookedem December 2, 2009 at 3:31 pm

If I win, I’m totally making fries!! Mmmmmmm! 🙂

Tamzin December 2, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I want to try it all, yummy! x x

runningaroundnormal December 2, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Yay!!! I can’t find kabocha anywhere! I love that you’re gonna male a squash to someone, hehe. (hopefully me! haha)
congrats to Gina for winning the almond butter 🙂

Kelly W. December 2, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Kabocha is so amazing! my farmers market carried them and i miss them!
The skin is tasty and i like them roasted and it is soooo hard not to eat the whole kabocha!

ohhmay December 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I’ve only found butternut (and pretended it was kabocha!) So I would love to try the real stuff. Heather, you are awesome!!

Tiffany S. December 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Please don’t enter me to win one because I have two sitting on my counter, but I swear to God I had DEJA VU because last night I was thinking about sending you a Kabocha for Christmas and wondering if I could find a Santa hat for it! And here you are putting one in the mail yourself. Koo-koo-krazy.

PS. I decided Kabocha were too heavy to send as gifts, and you might just get a pretty card instead. If I even had your address, which I don’t. 🙂

balancejoyanddelicias December 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

oh no! these are teasers!!! I broke my love relation with kabocha yesterday!!! now I’m crying even harder after seeing it all around!!!
well…. if I get win! I’ll give it a second chance 🙂

Katie December 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I’ve never had one before and I tried to find one at Jungle Jim’s (a huge international grocery store in Cincinnati, OH) and I didn’t have any luck. 🙁
I would love one from HEAB 🙂

Heather December 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Yay! Must…have…more…kabocha!

Kellie December 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I have never tried Kabocha but am definately becoming quite a fan of different types of squash. I would be very excited to receive my very own Kabocha in the mail.

Jes December 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Oh Heather…Kombocha…I’ve been dreaming about this lovely squash since you first started posting about it…and since I can’t find it anywhere…I WANT IT MORE!!!! It’s terrible to have a food addiction (unless it is to yummy food!) hehehhe! I’ve love a chance to win some lovely Kombocha!

Have a beautiful day!

Gina G December 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm

i wanna try kabocha so bad but have also had a very hard time finding it! congrats to the Fitnessista =)

Gina December 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I’ve been wanting to try one of these:)

hotflashbang December 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm

I had a hard time finding it… but finally did at the “local” korean market.. and I adore it… especially the texture.. love love love to put it on my george foreman.. mmmmmm… (if I win.. feel free to pull another.. I would not want to deprives those who’ve never had it or can’t find it.. Christmas cheer and all that!) Blog on Sister!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Hotflashbang, How long do you grill the kabocha on your George? I need to try it!

Mary Z December 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

YUM..all those pictures make me want to try the Kabocha!

Jessica December 2, 2009 at 1:41 pm

oh man i have been trying to find kabocha everywhere but with no luck 🙁 i would love to try one finally! i love pumpkin and squash so.. yeah!

Sweet Cheeks December 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I have never been able to find that squash so this giveaway would be amazing!!!

Evey December 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm

I would love to try this Heather approved squash! It has exploded in the blogosphere and I can’t find it where I’m at, 🙁 .

That kabocha custard looks yummers!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Evey, I’ve missed you!

Darcie December 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I’ve been looking, but for some reason I canNOT find kabocha up here! I’d love to try some 🙂

alli December 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm

oh i would love to try this kabocha you speak of! can you just be my personal chef?

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Would love to Alli. 🙂

Allie (Protein Girl) December 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I thought the letters on your mantle would spell HEAB! Joy to the Heabers and long live the Kobucha craziness!

jen December 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm

i would love to win, i have never tried kabocha!

Marianne in Auburn December 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Yum!! I would love to try that custard kabocha recipe! I have to have friends find kabochas for me b/c I can’t find them anywhere in Auburn…hubby brought me two last time he was in NC but they disappeared quickly. He knows the way to my heart is through my stomach!

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) December 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Yay kabocha! I have had trouble finding it but they do have buttercup at Meijer, I haven’t bought any yet though. I wonder if my city has an Asian market? 🙂

Certifiably Fit December 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I read your blog and have seen how much you enjoy kabocha and have often thought to myself that I should go in search of them to try….needless to say by the time I head out to the store I forget to look…Opps. So maybe if I win and like it then I will remember 🙂

I love how creative you are with your food recipes and have stolen some of your ideas over the time many months I have been reading.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Certifiably Fit, You’re not stealing…that’s why I post my recipes. You’re simply HEAB enlightened. 🙂

Lauren December 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Still haven’t found the kabocha in my grocery stores…what a treat to have one arrive on the porch!

Taylor December 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm

i’ve bee nabsolutely dying to try kabocha but i can’t seem to find it anywhere around here!

Michelle December 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I shamefully admit I haven’t ever tried kabocha, or even heard of it until reading your blog! ha ha. Living in rural Idaho, I don’t even know where I’d go to get it … hmm maybe I’ll have to grow my own??

Love your blog, HEAB!! Seriously.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Thanks Michelle, and don’t feel bad. Most people have never even heard of kabocha. I didn’t try my first one until this past year, but it’s been a love affair ever since. 🙂

caronae December 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Kabocha = best squash ever! Enough said.

Sarah R December 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I would love to try the Kabocha! I hear so many good things about it.

Teresa December 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Oh Kabocha, how I love thee. I’ve been trying to experiment to decide whether I like orange or green fleshed kabocha better, but seriously I’ve decided that the taste more-so depends on the farmer I get it from. I definitely have certain farmers at the market that I buy my kabocha from (does this make me a snob?). I usually make fries, but I think I’m going to have to try it Heather style in your favorite form (minus the Protein Powder, since I’ve never seen Jay Robb or tried it before). SInce I’m lucky to have lots of kabocha in my life, don’t enter me in the contest and hopefully someone who has sadly never had it before, wins.

I love how you and CD leave fun notes for each other at home. So Cute!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Teresa, I think it’s okay to a “kabocha snob” OK, so I won’t enter you in this giveaway, but be on the lookout for a Jay Robb giveaway very soon. 🙂

Emily December 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

hahah! YES I am having lots of trouble finding Kobacha! I see you munchin’ on it all the time and it looks great! 😀

Jenn December 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Has always sounded good since reading the couple of food blogs now. Can you get it at most “regular” groceries? Will look for it and try roasting it! Thank you!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Jenn, Lately, I have seen kabocha at Kroger (my local grocery store) and Whole Foods, but I usually can only find them at the Asian grocery store in town.

Anna December 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I’ve just been roasting mine, but I’d love to try out some of your recipes!

Julie @savvyeats December 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I’ve been wanting to try kabocha!!

Tyler December 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I’ve only tried kabocha once when I was visiting my best friend in Seattle (we talk about food blogs, and she loves yours and has been eating lots of kabocha and putting tahini on everything!). It was wonderful, but I can’t find it in Georgia!!! I would love to win one 🙂

JW December 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Ahh! I’ve looked and looked with no luck! I would looove to try it!

brandi December 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm

eh, we’d probably have stockings, too, if we had a place to hang them 🙂

The Pancake Girl December 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Oh boy, I need to try me some kabocha. You’ve convinced me with that custard!


Becky@ I Heart Running & Food December 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Mmmm I love me some kabocha! The kabocha butter was amazing, I will have to try the custard. They are definitely waning from the grocery store :/

jds December 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm

i heart kabocha!! it’s hard to find around me though so i’d love to win!

Hallie December 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

I don’t think I’ve ever had Kabocha before…unless I got it in my CSA last year. I’d love to give it a go!

maggie December 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

Custard? *passes out*! Can I be your baby sister and you can cook for me? 🙂 I’d love to win a japanese pumpkin so I can make that custard!


Jean December 2, 2009 at 11:48 am

I love to win the squash. 🙂 Haven’t seen them in my grocery yet!

Susan December 2, 2009 at 11:47 am

i neeeed to try this amazing squash!!!!

Anisha December 2, 2009 at 11:46 am

i LOVE kabocha! i grew up eating it in Japan and i can’t find one here anywhere! would love to win this.

Andrea December 2, 2009 at 11:45 am

Kabocha!!! Yay, I would love to win one from you! 🙂

Heather December 2, 2009 at 11:45 am

I hadn’t even heard of kobocha until reading your blog. I’ve love to try some.

Laura S December 2, 2009 at 11:44 am

I have never tried kobocha, I have yet to find it in our supermarkets around here!

wendy December 2, 2009 at 11:39 am

i absolutly have to get my hands on some kobocha. it just sounds so flippin tasty especially when you say it is like butternut but better:)

gina (fitnessista) December 2, 2009 at 11:39 am

what?! i WON?!?
ya know i’m doing the spicy almond butter dance over here… i’m so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thank you heaby!!
so cool you’re giving away a kabocha squash 😀
have a wonderful day <3

Stephanie December 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

I have a confession to make: I have never tried Kabocha squash OR tahini

::hangs head in shame::

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 12:41 pm

No worries Stephanie. I sill love ya. 🙂

Devan Geselle December 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

i havent had kobocha squash in ages!

haha i have stockings for my dog too! hes family 🙂


Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

Laughing SO HARD at your Kabocha head!

inmytummy December 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

Hehe, my grandfather’s name is Leon. He would have liked CD’s comment.

Lara (Thinspired) December 2, 2009 at 11:29 am

Me, me! I want one! And I can finally enter all these giveaways now that I live here!! 🙂

Been dying to try kabocha forever. I want to be just like you Heabie, and this impossible-to-find squash keeps getting in my way! 😉

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

Welcome home Lara!!!!

S. December 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

Ok, it would make my day to win a squash. Seriously, that would be both hilarious and awesome! Plus, I’m really curious about the kabocha.

loramswarts December 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

im kinda in love with the fact u are mailing a kobocha squash to someone! happy wednesday my heather!


Abby December 2, 2009 at 11:25 am

I just think it would be fun to have the mailman deliver a kabocha, as my neighbor’s already think I’m nuts.

And we’re totally “those” people too (at my mom’s). The mantle has the people stockings, and one for the dog and the cat. When we had a bird, he had a little one too that we used to stick a nacho chip in because his “real” gifts were too big…

Scary thing is, Chauncey totally knows it’s his stocking and will sit there staring at it if we put something in there early. Hey–I don’t have kids, so this is my fun 🙂

molly December 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

I have had buttercup, but never kabocha. I would love to try it!

Melissa December 2, 2009 at 11:23 am

Ooohh I love kabocha! Thank you for introducing us!!!!! Last night I made a kabocha soup in my vitamix…soooo easy! I just sauteed some onion, garlic and ginger in a little coconut oil…put in vitamix with my scooped out goodness from the kabocha…added a little curry powder and a little almond milk…delicious!

This morning I totally pulled a heab and poured some of that yummy soup on top of my buckwheat meal and topped it with raisins 🙂

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

Melissa, I would like to come over to your house for dinner…and then stay for breakfast. 🙂

Rose December 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

Looking at those two pictures and trying to find the difference (CD’s comment) was like looking at those “find what’s different” cartoons 🙂

Betherann December 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

A kabocha in my mailbox? Can’t say no to that!

Evan Thomas December 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

Mmm that custard looks good! I still haven’t tried kabocha–maybe this weekend

Janice December 2, 2009 at 11:18 am

Ohh, I haven’t tried one but I’d like to!! Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂 All of your food looks delicious!!

melissa December 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

I’ve tasted buttercup but not kabocha…would love to compare:)

Mallory December 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

kabocha in the mail = christmas comes early for mallory 🙂

if i win (and ok, prob even if i don’t) i’ll need to make the exploding-tahini-jar goodness. and how convenient – i’m down to a few last scoops!

Chelsea Ward December 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

The kabocha tahini volcano looks SO good. Also, Mr. Kabocha head looks pretty dapper as well.

Pam December 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

Oh please please pick me!!! I am DYING to try Kabocha!!! My little peanut just started loving roasted butternut squash and I would LOVE to introduce her (and my hubby) to a new veggie!!

Neena December 2, 2009 at 11:06 am

I’m love the idea of a kabocha in the mail! Great giveaway!

Holly December 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

Kabocha might be the best prize ever!

And your doggie stockings are adorable!!

Jerilynne December 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

I found an Asian market near me! I fully intend on checking if they carry kabocha.. as soon as I work up the nerve to venture there by myself, lol. In the meantime, winning a kabocha would be pretty fantastic!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

Jerilynne, Don’t be scared. Just bundle up. My Asian Mkt. is ALWAYS freezing! I know the employees always wonder who is that crazy squash girl with all the jackets and scarves? Hehe.

Scott in Ohio December 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

Sign me up! Can’t get enough of the kabocha.

My sister’s middle name is Noel. I’m so calling her Leon next time I talk to her. Thanks CD! 😀

Sarah S December 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

yum yum yum… yay kabocha! it’s fun to say too 🙂

Whit December 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

Always wondered about those crazy little squashes!

Love the ‘Leon’ haha!

Danielle December 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

I LOVE kabocha

Denise December 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

I’ve been reading your blog for months and I had to tell you that I tried kabocha this week and am in love with it!! But…my stomach has been a little funny so I wonder if it’s that which bothered me. Either way, it’s definitely going to be a regular in my diet.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 10:49 am

Hey Denise, So happy to have spread the kabocha love. Not sure if it’s the kabocha bothering you or not. Do other squashes bother you? I do find that kabocha is very fulling. Sometimes, I feel like it expands in my stomach after eating it. So, maybe try keeping your portions small and see if that helps your belly. 🙂

Tiffany December 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

I’ve never had kabocha before.. I’d love to try after hearing so much about it in the blogosphere!

SallyAnn December 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

Wow. How awesome would it be to get a squash in the mail?! I looove it!

Chrysta December 2, 2009 at 10:40 am

ahhah i like your Mr. Kabocha head! The spiralized zucchini noodle hair sealed the deal for me. haha! The custard looks fantastic too.

thebalancebroad December 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

I love “LEON”! We always sing, “The First Jo-el” to my bro-in-law. 🙂 Okay that’s kind of random, but I always think of that when I see “Noel.”

Ironlady December 2, 2009 at 10:33 am

LOL! I love the Mr. Kabocha head! So creative!

Marisa (Trim The Fat) December 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

I cannot find it anywhere! I would love to try it; I’m a huge fan of squash -butternut and zucchini are my faves!

btw, is it also called buttercup squash or is that something different?

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 10:39 am

Marisa, Buttercup is very similar to kabocha, but they are not exactly the same. However, if you see a buttercup, I highly recommend them. Almost as yummy and sweet as kabocha…almost. 🙂

Amy T. December 2, 2009 at 10:28 am

I haven’t tried it either! Our Asian store didn’t have it and I thought I found it at Kroger but it was $2 a pound and called something else too. 🙁 Hey, if I win I’m only 90 miles from ya so it’d be a short trip for Ms. Kabocha!! 😀

eaternotarunner December 2, 2009 at 10:28 am

I’ve been looking for it too! I would love to have one show up on my doorstep 🙂

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 2, 2009 at 10:27 am

I’ve been looking for kobocha!!

VeggieGirl December 2, 2009 at 10:27 am

YAAAAAY, congratulations to Gina!

I still haven’t tried kabocha! 🙁

Jean December 2, 2009 at 10:26 am

Would like one to try – need to eat more squash. 🙂

Abby December 2, 2009 at 10:26 am

Love Kabocha.. I havent steamed it yet, but Im a big fan of roasting!! I just have a really hard time cutting it!! (its worth the pain/damage to my knives) 🙂

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

Abby, Try slow roasting. I simply wash my kabocha and stick in a 275 degree oven whole for about 2 hours. Less time if it’s a small squash. I then cut it and scoop out seeds after it’s cooked. Much easier that way! It’s great for pureed squash, but it’s best to cut into strips before cooking if you’d rather have crispy squash “fries”

Rita December 2, 2009 at 10:25 am

I’ve been drying to try kabocha!

heatherfeather December 2, 2009 at 10:24 am

kabocha custard??? i must try. i’d love to win some!

jacobc December 2, 2009 at 10:23 am

Yay for kabocha!!
Does the winner get the whole face with 2 brussel sprouts?

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 10:24 am

Jacob, Maybe. 🙂

plamarie December 2, 2009 at 10:19 am

It’s ok to be those people…Our kitties have stockings too! The kabocha is a dandy! I like it plain best. I still need to try it with a little tahini 🙂

denise December 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

I have been a squash fiend this season, but mostly acorn and butternut because I can’t seem to find the kabocha!! Neither of my Whole Foods or grocery stores seem to stock it 🙁

Runeatrepeat December 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

Still haven’t tried kabocha!

Rebecca December 2, 2009 at 9:46 am

Oh I have never tried Kabocha! Is it anything like butternut squash?

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 2, 2009 at 9:47 am

Rebecca, Kabocha is similar to butternut but sweeter, and the texture is different. Not as stringy.

Chocolate-Covered Katie December 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

*kabocha custard

Erica December 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

Congrats to Gina on the AWESOME win. Kabocha is tasty (I love all squash!). I’m very partial to it plain, roasted. YUM!

The stockings look great. Frank totally has his own stocking too!

hahahahhaha- CD! It probably would have take me a few hours to realize it if Josh did something like that.

Chocolate-Covered Katie December 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

Ya know, I’d stay to talk, but I have to go see about that kaocha custard…

And–no joke–I have kabocha sitting in my oven as I write this 🙂

Happy Tuesday, Heather
(and a very happy Tuesday to Mr. Kabocha Head as well!)

Ellie December 2, 2009 at 9:34 am

MMM I love kabocha! Thank you for introducing it to me! I had it roasted for dinner last night, but that was my last one…would love to get one in the mail. 🙂

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