Mountains of Yellow Squash
Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before 'tis a peascod, or a codling when 'tis almost an apple. 'Tis with him in standing water between boy and man. – Shakespeare
When I was young, summer squash meant zucchini - great piles of zucchini that were given to friends when the mountains of summer squash overshadowed the house. Initially, gifts of squash were greeted with broad smiles and genuine thanks. Towards the end of growing season however, the slightly strained smile was accompanied by a look of resignation.
One of the nicest things about growing up was learning about all the new-to-me vegetables. No longer confined to the ubiquitous potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, onion, peas, corn and green beans, I experimented. Until I began to shop for myself, I truly did not know that summer squash came in yellow. Though yellow squash sat right next to the zucchini in store bins, I ignored them for some time. Yes, I was a very picky eater.
Yellow squash love being sautéed, grilled, broiled, baked, crock potted, steamed, roasted, dehydrated, or simply eaten raw with (or without) a dip. Because the flavor is so mild, a few simple seasonings usually suffice.
It turns out my parents did not have to pass the excess along to friends. Both yellow squash and zucchini freeze very nicely. Just clean, slice, put in a freezer bag, press out the air, and pop into the freezer. Don’t freeze the entire mountain of garden squash though; first try a few of these terrific recipes.
Nothing is easier on a working night than preparing this Summer Squash Sauté.
This recipe for Unmindful Yellow Squash and Tomato Casserole came about because I did not pay attention to the original recipe. Next time, the “mistake” will be a deliberate and delicious element.
Grilling squash is easy. You can slice it lengthwise to 1 inch widths, baste with a little oil and seasonings, and grill or combine with other veggies as in Grilled Eggplant Portobellos and Yellow Squash.
No grill? No problem. Put everything in a casserole dish and bake up some Eggplant and Summer Squash Casserole a la Mama D.
Meganr uses her very well-seasoned cast-iron skillet when she makes Frittata with Summer Squash.
Dehydrated veggies are great for snacking. Control the salt and seasonings, take advantage of the abundance of summer squash, and munch away on these fantastic Summer Squash Chips!
Vegetarian Times takes tomatillos, yellow squash and black beans and mixes them up together in this excellent Salsa Verde Yellow Squash Saute.
Do you grow your own summer squash? Which is your favorite zucchini or yellow squash? Did you like it as a child? How did your Mom fix it? did you give a lot away or freeze? Have you made dehydrated squash chips? How do you like to cook squash? Share your favorite recipe with everyone here! If you would like your recipe to be considered for CC Palate, please send it to me via pm.
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