Sunday, July 25, 2010

What to do with all this squash, zucchini, cucumbers...

Ah, the power producers of summer: yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers, to name a few.

We have fried, steamed, pickled, shredded, sandwiched, and done everything possible to the formentioned veggies to add a little variety to our menus, as they keep on churning out the produce from their industrious vines.

There is one little recipe that has changed our designs for squash... We have a lovely friend, whose origins lie in the South, and who brought a squash casserole to a small gathering at our house. An unassuming dish to look at, as well as in name (nothing particularly glamourous there, between "squash" and the classic American "casserole"), our first bites were followed by "Now what did you say this is, again?" and "What all is in this?". Our friend generously left the leftovers at our house, and later on, Hubby and I circled the last serving with forks poised (may the best man/woman win)...

With our friend's permission, I am going to share this simple, and tasty recipe with you. Which, by the way, is a staple dish in the South and which I believe she was quietly incredulous that we had never tasted or made it before.

Miss Jo's Squash Casserole
1 lb yellow squash (about one squash)
1 large onion
1/2 stick butter
2 beaten eggs
1 c. milk
1 c. cubed cheese
2 T. brown sugar
10 soda crackers
salt n pepper to taste

Cook cut-up squash and onions til tender (we steam them) and drain. Add melted butter, crackers, eggs, milk, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well and add cheese (we do shredded b/c we're lazy). Pour into buttered 8x9 baking dish. Cover and bake at 300 degrees for one hour. If desired add bread crumbs to top with a touch of butter and 2 tsp brown suger.

Generally, as it's a sell-out at our house, I make a double batch in a 9x12 pan, and throw as much squash in as I can. Try it; it'll perk up your squash-for-dinner-again perspective.

Now back to Miss Jo, her skills are not limited to her squash transformation capabilities, but she is also a talented artist. Check out her Etsy shop "JoFineArt" here. I favor "Reflecting Path", although "Beach" and "Hill-Route.." are captivating to me as well...among many others.

And Jo's husband David also has an Etsy shop "davidsphotoshop", which you can take a look at here, as well. One of my favorite pieces of his work is titled, "Lamp Post."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pintucking Paranoia

I have gone through (and would continue to be deeply in, if it were not gardening and horsing season) the throes of making baby girl clothes..in fact, I was stubbornly putting the finishing touches on a little summer -dress-number while I was going "into labor" with our baby girl.

Prior to that, I had made a little muslin pinafore and matching bonnet with Puritan leanings, that required a lot of pintucking. (Please note pictures.) I had not up until this point, had any experience with pintucks. And frankly, I don't wish to revisit the process any time soon, but the results of that labor of love I found to be quite pleasing.

Now when I see someone wearing a pintucked shirt, I wonder how it can be manufactured without costing the buyer a small fortune to purchase it. :)