It took a long time to cut this butternut squash. It was a strong veggie with a mind of its own. Then I took a spoon and scooped out the membranes and seeds. EVOO on and in the cavity, placed onto a plate, covered with a paper towel, and microwaved for six to eight minutes. Sprinkled a bit of salt and enjoyed one-half. The other half I shared with my husband. I gave him the larger portion. This is a valuable food.