Waltham is about the only squash I can grow, mostly for the same problem as you mentioned: vine borers. These things are relentless, and I have given up on summer squash because I refuse to spray and pander to a plant. I give it good soil and growing conditions, it better do well. I also don't want my pets and son exposed to the various 'better living through chemistry' compounds that continuously are found to be detrimental in a variety of ways. I hope your family shares at least some of your enthusiasm for gardening, it sounds like a fun place to grow up.
Since you like simple recipes, here is a very easy recipe, once you get the squash cooked: put the squash pieces into your bowl or on your plate, flavor with cardamom (another article), cinnamon, etc, put a little maple syrup or honey on it, and top with a tasty natural granola and some nuts (or whatever else you want). Beware - most granolas are not healthy, so check the ingredients first. This works well with a variety of foods, such as apples and sweet potatoes, as well. And you could probably do the same idea, but different flavors such as thyme, rosemary, and basil, wild rice, and olive or sesame oil, so everybody could make their own favorite combination.
Thanks for your comments. I am with you on trying to stay away from the chemicals.
Your recipe sounds great--I love the crunch, as in the nut topping on a sweet potato dish I make. You mention cardamom, I think that's a flavor included in chai spice teas I now like--I can imagine it's very nice on the squash too.
Here is the link to this week's article on cardamom. I use it often for flavoring things like pancakes, french toast, hot cereal, and of course winter squash dishes. http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/312/
I drive though your county on my way to visit my parents in Delaware. A visit on the way might be fun sometime, if you don't mind and are around.
Thanks for the link, that is an interesting article. I have a turmeric, now I have to try growing cardamom! If the whole spice is just dried seeds, I might have a chance.
Hey, its hard to get from VA to Delaware without going thru this county! I'm sure you could share some interesting info. For sure check the MidAtlantic Forum for Swaps or get togethers, you are welcome even without swapping, just for hanging out.