The 200 dollar Gourd/ Happy Thanksgiving!

It's true- I don't know what this is.  I mean, of course it's part of the squash family but is it a pumpkin? A gourd?  An alien dressed as a pumpkin? Are not pumpkins orange?  Are not gourds beige? I don't know what I'm supposed to do with this.  In 1850 this would probably be a meal for a family of 8 for an entire month.   But it's 2010 and I've really been relying on McD's and canned goods for too long now. 
     I haven't the slightest idea how to carve or bake this ginormous gourd.  And in our family, we don't exactly have the best track record with soups....just ask my hubby, he'll tell you about that time I made split pea soup without peas (long story). 
    I recently joined a vegetable co-op in CT to be cool.  I also thought it was the most green and organic thing to do after watching Food Inc.  It's green alright! I really thought I believed in supporting 'our local farmers' but I'm not so sure anymore. A green pumpkin? Can I cook that for dinner? 
     I'm supposed to get winter veggies to eat each week and all winter long-not a Martha Stewart Center Piece!  I prepaid.  So far I've received enough salad for an army (or my pet rabbitts-shhh) and enough apples for 5 apple pies a month.  I mean, I thought that in the long run, I was saving money on produce but I'm not so sure anymore.  I'll probably just call this the 200 dollar pumpkin.  At least it's gorgeous and matches my gorgeous table from Home Goods.  I know Martha would approve.  
     The thing is, now I'm reallllly going to receive the ridicule from Andrew after I assured him that joining this vegetable co-op from local farmers was the best produce bang for our buck.  Honestly, I'm reconsidering the whole movement that Food Inc. has started.  I like the idea of it, but it's just not practical to join a bunch of food co-ops and only go organic.  In theory, I like to think of myself as a practical gal.  If anyone knows of how I can make the most of this green gourd monster in a very practical way, let me know.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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