Eats of Eden: Apple twofer

Hi there, tiny apple. I wonder how long I’ll keep trying to convince myself that fall isn’t my favorite season. I love summer. Sunlight till 9. Grilling out. Fireflies. Swimming in lakes. But fall is pumpkins and wool and leaves ablaze. Fall is looking back on a great growing season with satisfaction — and relief. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Ready, set, salad!

The monstrous squash I used to make 71 cookies STILL weighed 2 pounds 14 1/2 ounces! Are you hungry? Like right now? For something light and vegetabley? Have about 6 pounds of summer squash in your fridge? (Erin VH takes a big step forward and raises her hand.) Lucky me! My interest in cooking squash […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Zucchini Chips Ahoy!

Remember when I warned against letting squash sit too long on the vine? This squash grew to a comical size while we were on vacation. Oops. Baking variations are tricky beasts, because most of baking is chemistry. It’s not like soup (spice it to your liking) or roasting meat (it’s done when it hits this […]

Tomato windfall

Tomatoes from my in-laws’ garden are roasted for soup. Maybe I’m the world’s cruelest vegetarian (nevermind that I’m a meat eater). I love eating vegetables and fruits. I love choosing veggies to plant in the spring. I love vegetables more than meats on pizza (much to my pepperoni-loving husband’s chagrin). Caring for plants, though, that’s […]

The big coverup: Pink stitches

I livened up my teal coverup with hot pink zigzag stitches. Before I get into it, I want to explain my absence. I was on vacation. I wasn’t being lazy. Well, I was being lazy, but not at my house. MVH and I traveled to the southern part of Croatia, also know as Dalmatia. It’s […]

The big coverup: Pink bubbles

White washing machine, pink bubbles. Hrm. There were pink bubbles in my washing machine. Lots of pink foam. And it made me nervous. MVH didn’t even know I was washing a Rit-dyed garment, and I could feel him getting anxious across town. I didn’t panic. Of course there were a lot of bubbles. I washed […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Mixed success with squash gratin

Dress the gratin with this bright green sauce of oregano and parsley. It would be nice to say that Heidi of 101 Cookbooks wrote a bum recipe, but that would be a lie. I was hungry and impatient. Consequently, the potatoes in this gratin were underdone. And that’s the truth, the powdery, uncooked potato truth. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Squash side on the fly

Cook butterstick until al dente. Adding salt will help the squash release water. My culinary creativity and thrift skills were put to the test Sunday. I faced a near-empty fridge. I had just returned from a weekend getaway; my vacation hangover was waxing. And I had only a few hours before I went to work. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Grown-up cookies

See the tiny golden flecks? There’s a vegetable in these cookies! The summer squash in this recipe is on a covert mission. Its objective: to add moisture to these not-too-sweet cookies. Mission: accomplished. I shredded the butterstick in my Cuisinart food processor using the shredding disc. Then I chopped it more using the standard food […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Zucchini in the Zeitgeist

Big butterstick summer squash, what is your destiny? Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smelled a bunch of zucchini recipes. The summer squash plants at VHHQ are starting to produce. The crop this year may not be great. It’s been a cool summer in Madison. But I’ve already plucked a butterstick as big as my forearm and a pool […]

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