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Squash and pumpkin are everywhere, and I wanted to take advantage of some of the season's final local bounty. Pumpkin ice cream has become widespread enough to be considered something of a mainstream flavor—I'd recommend the rendition by the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory in Manhattan's Chinatown as an ideal example. The pumpkin's close cousin, the acorn squash, however, is usually considered a savory ingredient. But its flavor, a delicious combination of rich and nutty, and green and vegetal, works just as well in a dessert.
Cashew pairs perfectly with squash, bringing out their shared sweet-and-savory complexity. Seasoned with fall spices, this makes a delicious autumn dessert.