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March 2, 2012
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Tahoe dining: Spaghetti squash – a good ‘Tweener’ food

TAHOE/TRUCKEE — I am coming up with a list of “tweener” foods, that is foods to eat in between the seasons of over-sized, butt-concealing coats and under-sized lake-side apparel.“Tweener foods” will help you make the wardrobe transition painlessly and avoid that fan-dance maneuver you do on the docks each year at the beginning of summer. You know the one. You sit down, strategically arranged in your folding chair, sucking in your stomach with a huge magazine covering your winter thighs (white as snow of course).Unfortunately, you ultimately get too hot, thus prompting the walk of shame from chair to water's edge, which involves some creative sarong draping around the hips, ready for the quick release when you are able to take a fast, furtive jump into the lake.Getting back to your seat after the brief dip (you'd stay submerged longer if you could breathe) means the whole fan dance routine again, only in reverse. The problem with this early summer striptease thing you have going on is that, in the end, it is not happy. That is where the tweener foods come in. They will help you get in shape NOW for the hot summer days to come.So far, my favorite in this new food group is the spaghetti squash. Seriously, this is a case of having your cake and eating it too. It can be utilized like most pastas but with nominal calories (1 cup = 40) and carbohydrates (1 cup = 10) and is delicious hot or cold. Following are a few of my faux pasta faves.

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