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Homegrown Goodness

February 10th, 2015

The other day I noticed that I have oodles of winter squash still sitting in the pantry. I hit my cookbooks and the internet for recipes and came across loads with squash and sausage – perfect! Last night I made butternut squash puree topped with sausage and onions. It was quite tasty, though we both agreed that it needed something texture wise, perhaps sage croutons or something crispy.
butternut harvest
I always grow loads of winter squash, mostly because it’s so easy to store. As long as you cure them properly they will keep for almost a year in a cool room (some will keep for more, I’ve had squash last for 2 years before). It’s awfully nice to lessen the preservation chores come autumn, no canning/cutting/blanching/freezing needed for winter squash!
squash
I also have a recipe for butternut squash and sausage frittata that sounds wonderful, along with various soups and other goodies. I think next week I might make shepherd’s pie with squash puree on top.
My favorite use for squash is in this Butternut Squash and Chipotle Soup. I try other recipes and keep coming back to this one when I have squash on hand. That doesn’t stop me from trying to find a new favorite, I’m always happy to find new flavor combinations.

Do you have any great squash recipe to share?

Harvesting the 3 Sisters Garden

October 6th, 2009

It was a beautiful day yesterday so I decided to go to my mom’s yesterday to harvest my 3 sisters garden. The corn has been drying on the stalks for a few weeks now and I figured I’d better pick it before the next rain storm comes.
Corn_tassels
I picked all the corn and some of the beans that were growing up the corn stalks. I haven’t weighed or counted the corn yet, so I can’t tell you how much I got. I think I’ll wait and weigh it when it’s dry.
three_sisters_garden_harvest
I also harvested some of the squash that was growing through the corn, the pumpkins I picked last week were also growing around the corn.
Brown_lab_mix
Lucy had a great time, she loves “Goin’ to Gramma’s”. She got to bask in the sun while I was harvesting and she got to stick her head out the window on the car ride! You just can’t get any better than sunny with a high of 63 for gardening, I would rate it as the perfect gardening day!

What’s your favorite kind of gardening weather?

One Lonely Gourd

September 5th, 2009

I started bird house gourd plants this spring. I gave one to my mom and I kept one to plant on my trellis on the garage. My mom had a gourd set fairly early on, it’s pretty big now. Mine is still fairly small but it seems to be growing.
Birdhouse_gourd
I was hoping to get more than 1 gourd since I was wanting to give them out for Christmas. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to try again next year. It was just something I decided to grow to add a little fun to the gardens.

Anything fun growing in your garden?

I Spy Pumpkins

August 31st, 2009

While visiting my mom’s house this weekend I had to take a photo of these pumpkins. They are planted in our corn patch as part of a 3 sisters garden.
Pumpkins
Do you recognize these? They’re Cinderella Pumpkin ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ of course, from those seeds I saved last fall.

Anyone else growing great things from saved seeds?

My First ‘Ronde de Nice’ Squash

July 15th, 2009

My first ‘Ronde de Nice’ squash was ready to harvest on Sunday!
Ronde_de_Nice_Squash_on_Plant
I’ve had a few female flowers open before this one, but they weren’t pollinated fully so the fruits didn’t grow this big. This one I hand pollinated (I need Chicago Mike to send me some squash bees).
Harvesting_squash
This squash weighed in at 9 ounces. I picked it small because it’s the perfect size for Mr Chiots and I to eat in one meal. I love squash fixed in so many ways: sauteed, steamed with olive oil and pepper, battered & fried, au gratin, in omelets, in lasagna, and many other ways. I have 4 squash plants so pretty soon we’ll be eating squash every day I think, and it will really help my garden harvest totals for the Garden Harvest Challenge!

What’s your favorite summer squash recipe?

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