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Title: Squash Time (New pics)
Post by: 1vertical on August 29, 2011, 12:25:39 AM
Today was this year's peak for these guys...
(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a87/Vertical1/Squash2011.jpg)
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Post by: chezteth on August 29, 2011, 03:32:41 AM
yummy, those look delicious!
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Post by: 1vertical on August 29, 2011, 11:59:20 AM
They are good for sure.  We par cook em in a little olive oil then bag em
freeze  em and have them to enjoy all winter.

When we cook them for the table, we put them back into a low-med skillet
add black pepper and just keep turning them till they carmelize...they get sweet
and as you said, yummy.
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Post by: weazletoe on August 31, 2011, 03:40:28 AM
I slice them about 1/4 thick, and make a marinate from olive oil, fresh  minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. A half hour soak, then on the grill for abot 3 minutes per side. Don't even taste like vegetables when I'm done.
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Post by: boulderbrewer on August 31, 2011, 04:24:13 AM
Zucc's are a bit big, take 5 smaller ones (slice 1/4 thick) fry in olive oil till soft, add chopped tomatoes and cook down. Add basil (spices of choice) and cheese and roast in the oven for 30 minutes, serve over noodles or rice, you will be in heaven.
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Post by: euge on August 31, 2011, 05:39:24 AM
All of you are a bunch of freaks. :D

Not very big on squash though I will eat it. Asian style is my preference- seared hot in a wok with garlic, sesame oil, and chili. Finish with soy sauce.

Hmmm maybe I'll just do a zucchini plant next year.
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Post by: jaybeerman on August 31, 2011, 06:00:17 AM
All of you are a bunch of freaks. :D

Asian style is my preference- seared hot in a wok with garlic, sesame oil, and chili. Finish with soy sauce.

That's sacrilege! (any anti-squash comments)

Yeah Asian style is pretty hard to beat

hey vert, that's a good looking pile of squash. cheers, j
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: tschmidlin on August 31, 2011, 06:06:13 AM
I like a zucc grated and sauteed in olive oil with some garlic, cook it way down like you're doing caramelized onions.  Absolutely fantastic, I could eat that all day long.  Since it's walla walla season I've been doing those salted in a little olive oil and cooking them down and eating them just like that.  Amazing!
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: phillamb168 on August 31, 2011, 07:36:50 AM
What, no ratatouille?
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: tschmidlin on August 31, 2011, 07:50:15 AM
The only thing I know about Ratatouille is that it was a cute movie. :)  But I'm willing to learn, do you have a good recipe to share?  I might have time to make it tomorrow.
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Post by: euge on August 31, 2011, 08:09:05 AM
What, no ratatouille?

That I do like! My gateway vegetarian meal with basmati rice.
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Post by: phillamb168 on August 31, 2011, 08:29:39 AM
The only thing I know about Ratatouille is that it was a cute movie. :)  But I'm willing to learn, do you have a good recipe to share?  I might have time to make it tomorrow.

There is no recipe; cut up some onions, squash, tomatoes and eggplant, add in some olive oil, some fresh thyme, parsley, basil, a few cloves of garlic, salt & pepper, maybe a little red wine if you're feeling adventurous. Cook on low for a looong time. That's it. The Ratatouille (Film) version is called Confit Byaldi and was suggested to Pixar by Thomas Keller. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/13/dining/131rrex.html

You can use bell pepper in your ratatouille but that's not How We Do It Around Here.

And yes, served over rice or pasta, it's perfect.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: tschmidlin on August 31, 2011, 08:49:07 AM
Come on Phil!  This is like saying "there is no recipe for beer.  Some malt in water, take the grain out, boil what's left, add some hops, boil some more, chill it and add yeast".

I'll do it, but that doesn't mean it's going to be good. :)
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: phillamb168 on August 31, 2011, 09:12:42 AM
Come on Phil!  This is like saying "there is no recipe for beer.  Some malt in water, take the grain out, boil what's left, add some hops, boil some more, chill it and add yeast".

I'll do it, but that doesn't mean it's going to be good. :)

Yeah, sure there are techniques, but ratatouille is IMO the French equivalent of a grilled cheese sandwich. It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as it has the right ingredients. If you need a recipe, you're doing it wrong  ;)
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: pinnah on August 31, 2011, 12:40:36 PM
Ya'll are making me feel bad for thinking about slicing this fatty for the chickens on the compost pile!


(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/hops016.jpg)
One way to slow down a zuc plant is to let it concentrate on a monster for a while.
I might try that grated and caramelized idea.  Cheers.



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Post by: 1vertical on August 31, 2011, 12:49:20 PM
I might try that grated and caramelized idea.  Cheers.

+1 pinnah  We don;t grate em but slice em 1/8  inch thick rounds and carmelize those
that method requires a lot of attendance and stirring but is well worth the effort. As you see
the skillet contact area toasting brown, flip em over and over and over and over...et al...
pretty soon they get sweet and very yummy. And put some cracked black pepper in the mix...
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: phillamb168 on August 31, 2011, 01:28:11 PM
I might try that grated and caramelized idea.  Cheers.

+1 pinnah  We don;t grate em but slice em 1/8  inch thick rounds and carmelize those
that method requires a lot of attendance and stirring but is well worth the effort. As you see
the skillet contact area toasting brown, flip em over and over and over and over...et al...
pretty soon they get sweet and very yummy. And put some cracked black pepper in the mix...

Why not confit? slice super thin, layer into a baking dish and cap with duck fat. Cook looooow and slooow. No idea if it would actually work, of course.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: tschmidlin on August 31, 2011, 05:22:51 PM
As big as that one is, you could caramelize some, make some confit, and make a few loaves of zucchini bread. :)
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: pinnah on August 31, 2011, 05:33:46 PM
....and give some to the chickens ::)  They really are a fantastic plant.

How about Delicata squash.  Anybody grow that one?  Really nice nutty flavor, supposed to be a winter squash but I am eating the first of mine right now.  Nice to go out to the garden for dinner.
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Post by: Slowbrew on August 31, 2011, 06:32:36 PM
My wife slices zucchini into 1/4" rounds, breads them with egg wash and crushed crackers, fries them till the outside is a bit crisp (in lard, of course) and sprinkles brown sugar over them.  The kids will founder on it if you let them.  My littlest one called them zu-candy.

Paul
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Post by: 1vertical on August 31, 2011, 06:41:42 PM
Since this thread took off, Maybe the mods would agree it should be in the food section. ???
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Post by: weithman5 on August 31, 2011, 06:44:20 PM
i just had a fondue with the kids. had some zuc sliced in to 2 inch long strips.  deep fried in oil. top thing on the table
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: euge on September 01, 2011, 03:05:05 AM
These are the types commonly available in the store here. A far cry from Dave's yeller scrotum squash.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-w5jCcyUr8c4/Tl70k4xtldI/AAAAAAAAANc/NZe5EefsG8E/s640/2011-08-31%25252020.20.04.jpg)
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: tschmidlin on September 01, 2011, 03:19:44 AM
I used some of the yellow squash and some zuccs in the "ratatouille" tonight.  With some tomatoes, walla walla, eggplant, fresh basil and thyme and a little dried parsley because those plants aren't looking too hot.  And of course garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

It was pretty good just like that.   But it was even better with some habanero garlic pepper sprinkled on top. ;D

We'll make it again.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: pinnah on September 01, 2011, 04:13:07 AM
A far cry from Dave's yeller scrotum squash.

 :D, I am thinking Vert has a mess of warty crookneck there.  They don't sell with the masses.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: 1vertical on September 01, 2011, 04:39:27 AM
I am bettin...Them ones in Euge's pic are like hothouse maters...just not the same as heirloom garden grown... ;D
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: euge on September 01, 2011, 04:58:23 AM
I am bettin...Them ones in Euge's pic are like hothouse maters...just not the same as heirloom garden grown... ;D


Probably why I don't care for them as I think they are bland, though squash will pick up flavor if stewed in/with something else. Never had home-grown squash. Maybe I'll grown some next year just for the challenge. What ya'll are describing sounds good.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: phillamb168 on September 01, 2011, 06:02:35 AM
I used some of the yellow squash and some zuccs in the "ratatouille" tonight.  With some tomatoes, walla walla, eggplant, fresh basil and thyme and a little dried parsley because those plants aren't looking too hot.  And of course garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

It was pretty good just like that.   But it was even better with some habanero garlic pepper sprinkled on top. ;D

We'll make it again.

see? easy! no fancy techniques needed.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: tschmidlin on September 01, 2011, 06:18:52 AM
Yeah, but how can you go wrong sauteing fresh veggies in olive oil with herbs added?  That doesn't mean it was anything that a French person would recognize as ratatouille.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: euge on September 01, 2011, 06:32:32 AM
According to wikipedia it's more like a technique with tomatoes as "a key ingredient".
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: phillamb168 on September 01, 2011, 09:08:59 AM
Yeah, but how can you go wrong sauteing fresh veggies in olive oil with herbs added?  That doesn't mean it was anything that a French person would recognize as ratatouille.

We're not all michelin-starred chefs you know :-p Your average French person these days would sadly more easily recognize a frozen pizza than homemade ratatouille, but so it goes. Did you take a picture? If so, post it and I will ask what people think.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: tschmidlin on September 01, 2011, 05:13:08 PM
No pictures, I was thinking about it but the kids were hungry and my wife thinks I'm weird when I take pictures of food.  And other times too.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: bluesman on September 01, 2011, 05:17:05 PM
I slice them about 1/4 thick, and make a marinate from olive oil, fresh  minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. A half hour soak, then on the grill for abot 3 minutes per side. Don't even taste like vegetables when I'm done.

This ^^^^^

Love them grilled EVOO, salt and pepper.  8)
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: 1vertical on September 01, 2011, 05:22:17 PM
No pictures, I was thinking about it but the kids were hungry and my wife thinks I'm weird when I take pictures of food.  And other times too.
We always goto restaurants and re arrange the food on the plate to make food faces...and take pics and send em to laff...
It is GOOD fun. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: tschmidlin on September 01, 2011, 05:24:44 PM
No pictures, I was thinking about it but the kids were hungry and my wife thinks I'm weird when I take pictures of food.  And other times too.
We always goto restaurants and re arrange the food on the plate to make food faces...and take pics and send em to laff...
It is GOOD fun. :D :D :D
I love that idea :)
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Post by: gmac on September 01, 2011, 05:35:31 PM
make a few loaves of zucchini bread

Best use for zucchini in my humble opinion...
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Post by: morticaixavier on September 01, 2011, 07:52:29 PM
My wife whipped up a batch of zuchini chocolate chip cookies last night. yummy. recipe from 'Animal Vegetable Miracle'. Can't say the zuc really makes much flavour contribution but it's a good way to get rid of excess if you don't have chickens.
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Post by: euge on September 01, 2011, 09:23:21 PM
make a few loaves of zucchini bread

Best use for zucchini in my humble opinion...

+1 I have been known to use pickles instead. Interesting flavor combo.
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Post by: gmac on September 01, 2011, 11:42:12 PM
I have been known to use pickles instead. Interesting flavor combo.

Seriously? 
Dill or sweet pickles in the "pickle bread"? 
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: 1vertical on September 02, 2011, 05:28:42 AM
(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a87/Vertical1/doh.gif) Bread and Butter of course!
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Post by: euge on September 02, 2011, 05:41:53 AM
ROFLMAO! ;D

Try it! I used dill pickles and it was a little tangy but sweet ought to be rockin.
Title: Re: Squash Time (pic)
Post by: 1vertical on October 02, 2011, 03:41:35 AM
No pictures, I was thinking about it but the kids were hungry and my wife thinks I'm weird when I take pictures of food.  And other times too.
We always goto restaurants and re arrange the food on the plate to make food faces...and take pics and send em to laff...
It is GOOD fun. :D :D :D
Here are some FUN examples.....LOL
(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a87/Vertical1/Foodface4.jpg)

(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a87/Vertical1/Foodface1.jpg)

(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a87/Vertical1/Foodface2.jpg)

(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a87/Vertical1/Foodface3.jpg)

Used to get in dutch for playing in my food....thpppppp
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Post by: jaybeerman on October 02, 2011, 03:59:55 AM
Used to get in dutch for playing in my food....thpppppp

the pics are hilarious.  the eyes on the 2nd and the whole of the 4th.  nicely done
Title: Re: Squash Time (New pics)
Post by: 1vertical on November 04, 2011, 06:58:04 PM
another

(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a87/Vertical1/foodface1-1.jpg)
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Post by: bo on November 04, 2011, 07:07:48 PM
Gives new meaning to playing with your food. ;)
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Post by: jaybeerman on November 04, 2011, 10:29:53 PM
Gives new meaning to playing with your food. ;)

vert is just a little more artistic than the rest of us
Title: Re: Squash Time (New pics)
Post by: 1vertical on November 05, 2011, 05:25:44 AM
Gives new meaning to playing with your food. ;)

vert is just a little more artistic than the rest of us
Tryin to get Tom to show this to his wife...and then get some more "artistic" pix on here... 8)
Title: Re: Squash Time (New pics)
Post by: 1vertical on December 26, 2011, 10:41:17 PM
crosseyed salad

(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a87/Vertical1/crosseyedsalad.jpg)

 ;D
Title: Re: Squash Time (New pics)
Post by: pinnah on January 03, 2012, 05:13:40 PM

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/mrbutters.jpg) ;)
Title: Re: Squash Time (New pics)
Post by: 1vertical on January 04, 2012, 04:14:54 PM
Them little purple garlics I see??
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Post by: pinnah on January 04, 2012, 06:19:53 PM
 :), I thought for sure it would qualify for a squash face. Butternut nose and all? ::)

A few rogue hardneck garlico flower bulbuils.  Yesum.
Title: Re: Squash Time (New pics)
Post by: euge on January 04, 2012, 06:21:24 PM
:), I thought for sure it would qualify for a squash face. Butternut nose and all? ::)

A few rogue hardneck garlico flower bulbuils.  Yesum.

Oh hell. I didn't even see a face in there until just now. Thanks dave.
Title: Re: Squash Time (New pics)
Post by: 1vertical on January 04, 2012, 06:25:42 PM
>>>>1vert  laffin!  :D