|Grated Crookneck Squash omelet|
with Tillamook medium Cheddar,
yogurt w/ fruit and sliced almonds,
English muffins w/ homemade strawberry freezer jam
and Mexican Coffee w/ cinnamon, vanilla and
When summer gives us those bumper crops of squash and tomatoes, green beans, blackberries, apples, etc., Autumn's answer is nourishing recipes and time in the kitchen.
Here is a Zucchini Squash Casserole recipe below that I like to mix with the yellow Crookneck for variety and color. Crookneck is also my favorite thing grated, and mixed with scrambled eggs to make an omelet-a touch of sauteed onion and a sprinkle of parmesan, provolone or cheddar makes a great breakfast plate. Last week I made a molasses oatmeal cinnamon raisin bread that made a good toast, (liberally buttered and sprinkled w/ cinnamon sugar). With a bit of fruit or small custard dish of yogurt w/ fruit and sliced almonds, it makes a beautiful presentation.
I got to share this artistic breakfast with my friend, Nellie from Texas. Nellie went on an Alaskan cruise with her family and landed in Seattle. She changed her flight to leave from Portland. I picked her up there and showed her around. She and I went to graduate school together years ago.
There were so many fresh fruits and veggies to share from places like Guisto's and the Barn and the Gresham Saturday Farmer's Market, we ate too much! lol A cruise ship feeds a person well, and gaining 7 lbs. is a normal consequence of that experience.
We found fresh corn on the cob for 5 or 6 for $1, peaches, blackberries, blueberries, figs, green guage plums, etc. I love picking lettuce and baby chard and yellow pear tomatoes from the garden and making a salad with homemade blue cheese dressing. Who says the winter is the only season that can cause extra padding?
Nellie takes photos, so I showed her the Rose Gardens above Portland. Here are a few of our favorites...
|Not only bees do nose dives. The smell!|
and his wife, making installments on giving back.
Next will be clam chowder...
I told him he had to stop making contributions for trade for a while. I 've enjoyed listening to the story of how he got to know his wife. He'd stop after his graveyard shift to have coffee and raisin squares at the bakery/cafe where his love interest worked. When his girlfriend got off work, he'd take her to breakfast. They've been married about 32 years.
|One of my Favorites at Washington Park Rose Garden|
|A budding pink rose...|
took Nellie to try the drinking chocolate at Cacao was fabulous. I like the coconut milk w/ cinnamon
and cayenne pepper mixture. The little white espresso cups of this piece of heaven is sipped while watching the bellman and all the people walking past in downtown Portland.
Cacao is at the corner of the Heathman Hotel.
Cook 1 c. of white or brown rice. Basmati is nice. Set aside. (2 c. water and 1 c. white rice. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer at low heat 20 min. till done Follow brown rice directions if you use that.)
Steam 4-5 c. zucchini and/or crookneck squash till barely tender.
Put in bottom of a greased 9x13" pan.
Cook 1 lb. of hamburger. Combine w/ the cooked rice and 1 tsp. each oregano and garlic salt. Put over zucchini in pan.
Place 16 oz. of cottage cheese on top, then 1 can undiluted mushroom soup. (The MSG in it isn't too desirable. Maybe you can find one without at New Seasons or Whole Foods? This recipe is from the olden days...) Finish with 1/2-1 c. shredded cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 min.
|More pretty colors...|
Spread squash mixture in a 9x13 pan or casserole dish.
Top w/ stuffing mix tossed with 1/2 c. butter. I made regular stuffing from toasted bread cubes and sauteed celery and onion w/ poultry seasoning. I even defrosted a pint jar of chicken broth a bit-- using the liquid for the stuffing. Bake at 350 for 20-30 min. Smells will permeate your home, and bring smiles. Serve w/ a salad or fruit and cottage cheese, etc.