Tag Archives: summer squash

Blessed with eggplants

MoussDSC_4241It’s raining eggplants and cucumbers. While I was hoping for a green salad leaf in our last CSA delivery, I suddenly find myself loaded with eggplant bounty. Back to the Mediterranean where the nightshade recipes are a plenty. That reminded me, we never tried our own veg. moussaka, which also makes use of zucchini squash also in multiples in our fridge. Little did I know that this humble dish needs a lot of oven time. On this occasion I also learned about a nice alternative to veg. smart ground, made from scratch, however if no meat substitute is at hand, I always use some chopped mushrooms for texture and instead of bechamel, I used mashed potatoes. See recipe

Shrooming weather

PicklesDSC_3846Monday, we had a Spring Flood.  When I went down to the train, I took an umbrella, in less than 10 minutes, the rain turned into a flood, water was shooting down Maple Avenue and left me wading to the station. I was wet up to my knees. Within 3 minutes we watched water filling the tracks, luckily it did not rise to the platform, the trains were in time. At Grand Central, people all looked dry and outside was just a little drizzle. How do you explain the wet suburbian-rat look?

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Something warm and quick

Sometimes I just want a quick and warm filling meal. Looking at recipes, they all seemed to ask for things I had not planned for… soaked beans or chickpeas and I did not plan ahead. So I altered a dish to fit what I have. Lentils can be cooked quickly, sweet potatoes can replace winter squash, quinoa for rice, parsley instead of cilantro. The result was a very filling sweet curry. I could have combined it with steamed kale. See recipe

Throat soothers and scrubbers

Out of the blue, I caught a summer flu. Magazines are now big on light summer soups. The pastel colored and easy to make, often pureed soups, are a great starter for dinner and perfect for lunch and use the abundance of squash and corn. cilantro, hot peppers and lime add Southern flavor. My corn soup also worked great to soothe my sore throat, hot chillies added a scrubbing and beat the flu – forget chicken soup. Another variety I tried today was a summer squash soup with several kinds of squash, zucchini and corn. See recipe

Summer cabbage

Cabbage is for Russian winters… however our summer farm share was brimming with early heads of durable white cabbage. Thank god, they store so well, they survived our travel time.
After several kinds of slaws, you may want a nice sauté. This mix with squash, sage and thyme just makes good use of last week’s CSA package. For a variety in starch you may want to use quinoa instead of traditional potatoes. Veg. style sausage meat is optional. See Recipe

Tuscan Styles

Tuscan Food –  Simple dishes made into delicacies with natural ingredients and good wines. Light, landscape, the food of Tuscany, the dream of a rich and simple life… Marketing has been using ‘Tuscany’ to stimulate our ‘Back to Basics’ instinct. Even a line of cat food has been named Tuscan style… Tuscan foods are rich in olive oil, tomatoes, zucchini and cheese. Tuscan favorites are Bruschetta; a tomato toast appetizer or Ribolleta, a vegetable bean soup. Following is a ‘Tuscan’ Salad with tomatoes, sauteed vegetables and basil; it contains orzo pasta and can be served warm. Get the recipe

French Country Style

What shall we do with all the pesto?  Besides serving with Ravioli or other pastas, or spread on bread with tomatoes, I found this french twist… The french ‘Soupe au Pistou’ uses the pesto (Pistou) to flavor soups, here a mixed country style vegetable soup with pasta. A very convincing mix with early Spring vegetables and lots-a garlic. See recipe

Wild Eats

Our first outside market had wild spring greens. I found claytonia and nettles. Also in season the first small zucchini squash (courgette). While nettles are widely used in Europe, (especially for a home made spray against aphids), Claytonia perfoliata is new to me. The Western American native plant, is also known as miner’s lettuce or winter purslane, and belongs with purslane to the portulacae. White flowers are surrounded by a round leaf collar. The plant is supposedly easy to grow on sandy and poor or wet soil and might be found on abandoned land. Eat in spring and colder months, as hot temperatures will turn the leaves bitter. See recipe