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Stuffed Yellow Summer Squash

August
Harvest

Easy August Garden to Table Recipes

As previously promised, here is another recipe for you. August is a high yielding month for garden veggies. In fact, I only planted one squash plant this year. So far, I have picked about a dozen fruit. Obviously, our topic today is an easy recipe using squash. More to the point, yellow summer squash!

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A Common summer crop

Squash
Yellow Summer Squash

veggie history trivia

Did you know how long yellow summer squash has been around? It is a garden staple for hundreds of years! Notably it was part Native American’s diets. Northeastern tribes of North America used squash as a staple. Yellow squash also served as protector for their other plants. You can learn more https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2011/11/from-the-victory-garden-american-history-told-through-squash.html. For instance, it’s spiky stems deterred animals from invading the space. Because of squash’s vine framework, it helped to retain shade, moisture, and soil.

Summer squash
Easy to grow

Today’s table value

Frequently, yellow squash’s potential is diminished. Its counterpart, zucchini seems to headline. You will find them often paired together. They make various vegetable medleys. But, both on their own offer value and versatility.

Aside from squash’s alterable composition, it has economic value. This is an important factor in planning menus for your family table. Obviously another plus for a place in your home garden. If you don’t have a garden, it is still an inexpensive purchase. Even during off season months, the price of summer squash remains very budget friendly.

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Fresh eating and easy

If you have a chance, take a look at my previous post on summer garden tomatoes. Click here, https://agramblog.com/2019/08/13/august-fresh-eating-recipes/ . It shows just one way to use your plentiful crops. As you know, summer squash is usually a high yielding crop. I suppose that’s why there are so many recipes for it. Lol, I never thought about it like that! Another reason for squash’s popularity is its easy maintenance. It doesn’t require a lot of space or care to grow. Give it sun and water, done! Furthermore, cooking it is as easy as can be!

My mother had a couple of recipes she made regularly. Often she paired both zucchini and yellow squash together. In particular, a stewed tomato and squash parmesan skillet. Another favorite was breaded and fried yellow squash. Truly, who doesn’t like anything fried? Of course, who can forget zucchini bread as a breakfast or dessert option. In this case, you can substitute yellow for zucchini squash. You will find summer squash in all phases of recipes. Including soups, pastas, casseroles, sides, and even desserts.

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Different strokes for different folks

Of course not everyone likes vegetables. Especially summer squash can be challenging because of its mild flavor. A common preparation comes steamed or boiled. Under those circumstances, I understand why some dislike it. I still haven’t discovered a way my husband will tolerate it! However, my kids and grandchildren learned to eat it in small doses. You just have to find the right recipe combination!

Easy stuffed summer squash

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Stuffed Summer Squash

A bit of "Indian" inspired spices is the secret to this summer side or vegetarian main dish
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Squash
Author: admin

Equipment

  • Oven safe skillet

Ingredients

  • 3 Yellow Summer Squash cut in ½ lenghtwise
  • 1/2 Onion diced
  • 3 stalks Celery diced
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • Granulated Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chicken Base dissolved in 1 cup water or 1 cup prepared chicken stock
  • ½ cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs additional crumbs maybe needed depending on consistency
  • ½ cup Milk

Instructions

  • Cut Summer Squash in ½ lengthwise
  • Steam squash in skillet for 5 mins or until slightly tender
    Squash
  • Scoop out seeds/pulp from squash into skillet and place shelled skin on cutting board
    squash
  • Sautee pulp with butter, diced celery and onions, and seasonings until translucent
    squash
  • Mash pulp mixture until combined
  • Add Chicken stock/base and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Stir in Bread Crumbs to form a pasty consistency (should be able to spoon stuffing into squash shells)
  • If too thick add milk or additional stock, if too thin add more breadcrumbs
  • Fill Squash shells with pulp stuffing mixture and sprinkle with bread crumbs
    squash
  • Bake at 350° for 30 mins covered
    Uncover and continue baking for another 15 minutes until bubbly and browned

In addition

There are additional high yield crops I am not able to elaborate on this month. These include pole beans, cucumbers, and bell peppers. August is almost over! Let’s look ahead to September. My fresh eating by the Month Picks will feature corn, peppers and more tomato recipes.

Let me know if you try my stuffed summer squash recipe. Leave a comment below. Perhaps you changed it up a bit? Share it with us. See you in September for more fresh eating by the month.

Easy Fresh Eating Recipes by the month

August Fresh Picks

Fresh

Like me you’re probably digging yourself out from under all  your garden vegetables.  This time of year they are growing faster than you can pick. Fresh veggies are great, no doubt! Tomatoes, summer squash, and green beans coming in bushels.  It leaves you wondering what do to do!

Fresh picks will add a “BAM!” to your summer recipes

Grape Tomatoes

Add summer’s natural sweetness of grape tomatoes to your chicken skewers. As you know, fresh picked grape tomatoes tastes just like candy! Easily a simple grilling favorite, skewers turn your ordinary main dish into extraordinary foods.

Summer skewers

  • Choice of protein (Chicken, beef, swordfish)
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cooked Rice or Pasta

Don’t forget to SOAK your wooden skewers for at least an hour before you prepare! If they do not have enough time to soak in the appropriate amount of water, you will end up with nothing but ash left.

Fresh

Once you have cut up your protein into approximately 1 inch cubes, you want to marinate it. You have a wide assortment of choices. To put it another way, are you in the mood for Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican, any other cuisine? In this case, I am choosing a Mediterranean marinade.  While your meat marinades, you can prep your vegetables. After picking your grape tomatoes from your garden, simply pluck the stem, wash in a colander with cold water, and drain. Meanwhile, cut chunks of onion into quarters. Next, seed and slice your sweet peppers in half. Voila! Your prep work is complete.

Mediterranean style marinade

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  • Lemon juice
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Olive Oil
  1. Assemble skewers by alternating protein and vegetables
  2. If using an outdoor grill, timing will depend on whether charcoal or gas style. Once fire is ready, place skewers on grill.
  3. Cook for 15 mins, turning once half way through
  4. At this time, Check for doneness

First thing to remember, is its all about the timing! Because skewers are such an easy fix, it is important to your sides to finish at the same time. As an illustration, I make my rice in the microwave. It takes a total of 30 mins to cook. Whereas for grilled medium rare beef could only take 7 to 8 mins tops to reach doneness of 135 degrees. However, chicken will require the longer time of up to 15 mins. For example, if your protein is chicken, it needs to be at 165 degrees.

Additional August Fresh Eating Recipes

To continue with recipe ideas for our August crops, I have a couple more to add. Another common high yield crop is Yellow Summer Squash. My recipe for stuffed summer squash is a unique side dish that can double as a meatless main. I’m going to let you in on the secret ingredient, are you ready for this? Its … okay, you’ll have to come back to find out! Until then, enjoy the beauty of the ordinary everyday <3

 

Review and Give Away Paint by Numbers Kit

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Let’s review

Before I explain the review and give away, I want to back up. Earlier I wrote “Scrapbooking for the Unimaginative”. It began because of my personal search to create momentous ordinary moments. However I didn’t have a clue where to start. For that reason I am always looking for new crafts with simple instructions or patterns. Similarly to https://agramblog.com/2019/06/06/scrapbooking-for-the-unimaginative/ , my intent today is to share resources and tips with you. In my opinion http://www.winniespicks.com brings the beauty of the ordinary to us artistically challenged!

Because of a Facebook group I follow “Blogging Grandmothers”my follow up project just kind of fell in place. We are participating in a review and give away as a group. Each Blogging Grandmother was given choice of a no cost kit in order to provide an honest review of the product. Through http://www.winniespicks.com we are all trying our hand at a Paint by Numbers for adults kit! Not only do I experience a new craft, I get to give one of you the chance too!

Remember when

Together with the Hula Hoop, Paint by Number kits was as big a fad in fifties and sixties. Before today, a resurgence occurred in the family friendly kits during the 1990’s. It seems more vintage items are making a revival. Just look at come backs from Polaroid Cameras, Slinky, and others. Kind of makes you think! Why is it we return to items of the past? Beyond the fact that Babyboomers, as the largest population drive marketing. Generally, don’t you think we long for the simpler things in life?

Painting by Numbers proven to relieve stress and anxiety

Compared to today’s estimated $20 billion Americans will spend on hobbies this year, paint by numbers boomed at 1960’s $12 million. Originally, Dan Robbins designed a way to pattern a canvas with coordinated numbered paints from his own creations. He partnered with a company to produce it for the public. Craft Master and Robbins promoting the promise “Every man a Rembrandt!” Robbins wanted everyone able to experience art, despite critics’ reviews of the product.

Dan Robbins paint by Numbers received poor reviews from art critics

With this in mind, think back. Do you remember a deer drinking from a winter stream landscape take form as your brush filled in each number? Maybe your memories feature later versions of black velvet paint by Number kits? As a kid, I remember at least one Paint by Number Kit Christmas gift each year!

Unboxing Painting for the unimaginative

Dan Robbins’ vision to introduce the experience of art to everyone is alive again today. You see it Online, in Apps, and in stores. Like it’s cousin “Coloring for Adults”, Paint by Numbers for Adults provides a pastime reducing stress. Furthermore, it’s proven to improve cognitive and coordination abilities.

My “Unboxing” http://www.winniespicks.com

More importantly, we all need a way to unplug for awhile. With that in mind, each “Blogging Grandmothers” taking part will provide their own opinion. Coincidentally, we all ended up picking different “Picks”! The paint by Number for adults kits “Blogging Grandmothers”are reviewing come from https://www.winniespicks.com.

Painting Grandpa’s Nap review

Overall, I am pleased with my paint by Numbers Kit. Based on prices I observed while surfing online, Winnie’s Picks do cost a few dollars more than most. But I would say paint by Number kits as a whole, obviously are a relatively inexpensive hobby.

As indicated in my “unboxing” video everything needed comes included. I received four brushes of different tips. Obviously a canvas is the main component. Completing out the kit is a numbered color chart. Right from my ordering and shipping process the experience is easy. The kit’s packaging is ideal for traveling through the postal system. The cylinder tube packaging protects your canvas and secures the pains and brushes perfectly.

My review by the numbers

Per the phrase “Paint by Numbers for Adults” the Picks are not childish. In fact, any one of the kits will be a pleasing addition to your home decor. Since all kits are for enjoyment, the only thing to consider may be how elaborate you want to go with it. The website https://www.winniespicks.com displays a variety of “pics” to pick. On one hand, you have “picks” like mine that may take longer to complete. However, if that’s not for you. In which case, I would suggest one of the “Easy Kits”. These paintings have larger areas per color.

Although you can expect extensive details within the prints, they are not complicated. Even my thirteen year old granddaughter is putting her hand to it with me. In fact, she earned money selling kool-aid and lemonade last weekend that she is ordering her own kit! She wants a change from her coloring for adults coloring books.

I do have a few suggestions you may want to know.

  • The kit comes with a picture hanger rather than framed
  • the number 6 and number 9 paints don’t have distinguishing markers ie _6 vs 9 making it hard to tell which is which
  • Remember to stretch your canvas before starting (I have added a video below by Richard Robinson Studio)
  • keep a magnifying glass handy for tiny details

Final thoughts

So then to review my review, I give http://www.winniespicks.com Paint by Numbers for Adults 5 👍👍👍👍👍! As a mother of three herself, Winnie’s Picks, wanted to share her way of relaxing with others. It works👍. She set out to offer an outlet for those of us who are craft challenged. It works👍. Paint by Numbers for adults is a complete kit including tutorials available on the website. It works 👍. Considering www.winniespicks.com user friendly site for purchasing. It works 👍. Finally, she clinches it with her free shipping in 3 days! It works 👍.

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