We’ve had such a ridiculous amount of squash and zucchini this summer- that I truly was beginning to think that Nick was getting “squashed” out. I’ve made zucchini quiche (super quick – I’ll post it one day), grilled zucchini and squash – with homemade herbal marinade, zucchini bread and our favorite: Apple Sausage and Zucchini Pasta. This is one of our favorite meals I came across some many years ago – and with a few changes and alterations – it keeps getting better every time.
One of my favorite things to whip up is Pesto. My dad used to make it sometimes when I was in college and when I finally got my own apartment and my own basil plant – I couldn’t wait to make some of my own. Nick – was skeptical. He had never liked pesto as a child and the color completely turned him off. I promised him he would like it if he gave it a whirl. It turns out it is one of his favorite things I cook up. It’s a quick, easy and delicious dinner fix when time or motivation isn’t in your favor.
One of the best things about tutoring (I think) – in addition to really spend quality time with kids I love – is the delicious food that comes with it. I’ve posted before about the delicious treats that I get – as an added extra perk to tutoring. One of my most recent rewards (except for the delicious, delicious fried rice compliments of Mrs. Woo and Mrs. Eng) were these AWESOME cucumbers. I haven’t grown cucumbers in a few years because my vine veggies just haven’t been doing too well – and I gave up. Since I had such a banner year with my squash this summer – I think I just may go back to Cubies (as Nick and I call them) next year. But for now – I will more than happily take delicious and fresh produce from awesome families. So, with a nice quantity of cucumbers in my produce basket and a love of German cooking (my great-great grandmother was from Bavaria) – I figured I would whip up another one of Nick’s favorites. Cucumber Salad.
As I mentioned a while ago – in my Baking …. Basil and Cultivating …. Cabbage entry the Third Graders at our School were participating in the Burpee Cabbage Contest and I was lucky enough to score some cabbage seedlings. Honestly, I’ve never grown cabbage before, I know they’re cooler weather crops and the way that my peppers and squash have been fairing the past few years – I was kind of nervous trying a new veggie. But they were free – and I figured WHY NOT? The least it could get me would be a “I learned my lesson blog post”. The best thing it could get me was some delicious coleslaw. Luckily for me and Nick’s belly we got the latter.