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This lunchbox serves up appealing hues and nutritious veggies: pita wedges with colorful hummus dips made with carrots, avocado and beets, along with carrot hummus “sushi” rolls. (Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

The spread of hummus

Middle Eastern mainstay has grown beyond chickpeas — try beets, carrots and avocados

Coconut butternut squash soup with shrimp takes butternut squash soup to a whole new level. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)

New ways to use butternut

New and creative recipes for using up one of fall’s most prolific squashes

Don’t turn off engine for stuck accelerator

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I’ve always heard that if your accelerator sticks, you could turn the key off (not to the locked position) to kill the engine, and then gently apply the brakes and steer car to safety.