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From flip flops to muckboots.

September 8, 2010

…. overnight! The weather got cold, fast! And I realize, one minute I’m blogging about summer zucchini, and the next, I’m putting fall beets, lettuces, apples and pears in your CSA boxes. The summer zucchinis now look like warty winter squashes, but don’t be deterred! This is what Jon and I had for dinner last night… made from one of these warty beauties (formerly known as crookneck summer squash).

  Stuffed Squash (or tomatoes, or peppers, or zucchini)

 Really easy recipe: this works well for any leftovers you might have in the fridge. We used:

  •      1 cup cooked brown rice/quinoa combination
  •      1 lb bulk basil chicken sausage (or any meat-like thing you want to use… mushrooms, tofu, beef, ground turkey, etc… )
  •      1 cup panko bread crumbs
  •      all the fresh herbs you can get your hands on
  •      1 tomato chopped
  •      1 onion chopped
  •      grated parmesan
  •      salt and pepper
  • Hollow out the squash and put butter or olive oil all over the cut side. Then mix all of the ingredients together in a big bowl (get your hands in there) and stuff the squash halves with it. Bake it cut side up in 350 oven for about an hour. The stuffing should be brown and crispy on the outside, and cooked all the way through. The squash should be soft. Easy peasy. It was delicious. I thought we’d have leftovers for Jon to take to work with him… but we didn’t.

Speaking of cool weather… I went up to see our friends in Vernonia yesterday and finally took some photos. Unfortunately, I’m so in love with Henry, their toddler, I neglected to take good shots of their garden beds… and came home with about 50 shots of the baby instead. This is Bill and Henry… cutest baby ever.

 

(And yes, that’s a homemade cracker in Henry’s hand).  In case you’re wondering where Henry’s good looks come from… Here’s a picture of  him with his momma…

 (jk, Bill!)

  The snap peas and lettuces in the Wednesday boxes come from these awesome people. Saturday members, we’ll find something equally as fantastic to put in your shares, never fear!

This week, I’ll be pickling lots of cucumbers, canning lots of pears, apples, and sauerkraut for later… for now, the beets are coming on, the tomatoes are finally getting ripe, the peppers are going crazy, and the baby lettuces, spinach, cabbages and chard are loving this rain. Hopefully this coming week, more of the melons will ripen, too… they’re just so tempting to pick, but my last two attempts resulted in Nadine: 0, Chickens: 2. Patience, patience.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel permalink
    September 13, 2010 3:49 am

    Awww. We love having you visit, Nadine!
    I don’t know if you saw Henry’s sad little face pressed up against the glass as you drove away, but he was there– saying “Nadine, Nadine, Nadine!” over and over again. SOMEONE has a bit of a crush on you.

    We also loved those warty crooknecks you brought us. Made a squash and rice casserole with those, some fresh herbs, greens, and cheese, and a couple of those beautiful happy chicken eggs. Yum.

    Hope those melons are enjoying this little bit of warmth. I know I am!

  2. nadinelew permalink*
    September 13, 2010 3:56 pm

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