Winter squash are the heroes of cold-weather cooking. Rich in vitamins and fiber, they bring a touch of sweetness to heavy dishes and enliven our plates with their bright, often deeply hued flesh. Long-lasting and beautiful, they can even double as a sculptural centerpiece until you're ready to bring them to the chopping board.
But here's where their appeal wanes: Winter squash are often unwieldy and require a heavy hand with the chef's knife and a dexterous, occasionally even dangerous, use of a peeler. Unless, of course, you choose not to peel them. Wait, what? You don't have to peel winter squash? Well, sometimes you do and sometimes you don't.