However cute this little squash may look, it is truly hard-shelled, and dangerously slippery. So unless you’re a whiz with a cleaver, ignore advice to halve before cooking. Either cook the little orbs whole, or soften them in a microwave oven so that they can be cut easily. When it comes to cooking, squash that is steamed or baked will be appreciably sweeter and smoother than squash that is microwaved, although it will take much longer to cook. For each person, select one squash of ¾ to 1 pound, which is what most seem to weigh.