How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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Last week, the grocer had spaghetti squash on sale.  I thought that since I'm trying to be a well rounded food blogger and all, I ought to give'em a whirl.  Silly me, a half hour before dinner I started wondering how I was suppose to cook it.  I gave my friends in Twitterland and Facebookville a shout out for directions.  I got back instructions for baking up to an hour.  That wouldn't do.  I decided to go with the directions on the sticker stuck onto the squash.  Talk about BASIC and FAST.

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HERE'S WHAT I DID

First, I cut the squash open and scooped out the seeds with a melon ball tool.  A melon ball tool is THE BEST tool for this job.  It's practically effortless.
I saved the seeds and baked them the same way as I did the roasted pumpkin seeds.

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Next, I found a microwaveable dish that would hold the cut squash and covered the bottom with water.  I nuked the squash for 12 minutes on HIGH power.

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Ever so carefully, I removed the dish from the microwave and allowed it cool down for 5 to 10 minutes.  I still needed an oven mitt when it came time to scrap the squash.  These babies really know how to hold their heat.

Because I cut the squash lengthwise, the strands were actually cut in half and shorter.  I instantly figured out that for a longer strand, I would have to cut across the equator.  I didn't make that up, I got that term somewhere else.

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All it takes is a fork to scrap perpendicular to the strands and they come out so easily.

I HIGHLY, HIGHLY Recommend transferring the strands to a strainer or sieve before plating.  The strands release water after being removed.  This would probably be a good time to season them with salt & pepper, drizzle with a tasty flavored oil, something.

I had already cooked up what's becoming my family's FAY VOR RIGHT homemade tomato sauce.  Poured the sauce over the squash, topped with fresh parmesan cheese and we were chowing down!

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Now, it's your turn.  You tell me how I could have made this spaghetti squash have more flavor.