Italian Patty Pan Squash Bites

We’ve been having fun with our patty pan squash.  Three little plants surely can produce a lot of squash!   When Chad and Nicole were here, I made a patty pan squash pie.  With the spices and texture, Vince said it tastes like a sweet potato pie.

Last night I experimented with Italian Patty Pan Squash Bites.

Patty Pan Squash

The squash was sliced about 1/4″ thick and the seed section was removed.  I dipped it in an egg/buttermilk wash, then in seasoned flour (seasoning included salt, black pepper and Italian herb blend) and fried it.  Fresh mozzarella cheese was thinly sliced and a piece of cheese was placed on top of each piece of squash.  I stuck this under the broiler just long enough to get the cheese soft.  One fresh basil leaf was placed on top of the cheese.  A slice of fresh tomato topped it all.

It was yummy!  We were saying we could even add a slice of bacon underneath that tomato . . that would be good too, huh?

For dinner, I heated up left over chicken parmigiana for Vince but I had just veggies.

Dinner

Patty Pan Squash Bites, yellow squash and crowder peas.  Everything but the mozzarella came from the garden.  These are the dinners I love best of all!

 

The State of the Garden

It’s pretty amazing how everything has come in at a different time this year.  It doesn’t always happen that way.  The potatoes are always one of the first things in the spring garden and I was pretty much done with them by the time the squash was ready to pick.  This has been the best crop of squash I’ve ever gotten.  I always figure that if I get about 50 packs or jars of something, that will give me enough to have it about once a week.  That isn’t really true though because I probably start picking squash the first part of June and it produces well til the end of July so I really only need 10 months worth . . say 40 packs in order to have enough to have it once a week.  I’ve put up well over 60 packs/jars . . some dehydrated and some in the freezer.

Now that the squash is starting to near its end, the tomatoes are producing like crazy.  I had to can a batch of tomatoes while Chad and Nicole were here.  Sunday after they left, I picked a 5 gallon bucket full of tomatoes and yesterday in between the rains, I picked another half bucket.  They were wet so I spread them out on to dry til I can get them canned.

Tomatoes

Yep, there’s a little squash on that towel too.  It was going to be for dinner last night but I ended up picking more so I cooked what I had picked last night.

Heirloom Tomatoes

The ones above are mostly the heirloom tomatoes and I keep those separate so we can eat those.  I’ll have to can some of them but they’re the best for slicing and eating.

In the early stages of this garden, I thought the tomatoes weren’t going to do much . . those late frosts really set them back, but if they keep it up, they’re going to give me the best crop of tomatoes I’ve had in a very long time.  That may be a bad thing when I’m in the kitchen canning tomatoes for days on end.

I should can these today but some of them need to get a bit more ripe.  I’m having to pick them greener than I usually do to keep the grasshoppers from ruining them.

So far, I’ve put up 26 quarts of tomatoes.  The little cherry tomatoes don’t get canned . . those are for snacking!  We love fresh tomatoes!

EQ File Added

This quilt was named “Big & Bright” back when I first wrote the directions before it had pieced borders.  You can find the info or making the quilt without the pieced borders here.

Big & Bright

For now, I’m not writing additional instructions for this quilt.  The Electric Quilt file has been added to the EQ Files tab at the top of the blog.

Preserving Family History

A while back I mentioned that I had ordered the book, To Our Children’s Children.

To Our Children’s Children

As I read through the questions, which are excellent at jogging my memory, I happened to think how nice it would be to have my uncle answer the questions also.  He doesn’t have children but his history is pretty much the same as my history since his parents are my grandparents.  When my aunt and uncle were here in April, I asked him about answering the questions and he agreed so I had a copy of the book sent to him.

To Our Children’s Children

I figured it would take months or even a year or so to get the info . . I won’t tell you how far I’ve gotten with my answers!

When Chad was in Louisiana on his way here (I know . . Missouri to Texas doesn’t normally take you through Louisiana unless you’re wanting to fill your freezer with shrimp and cajun food).  Chad, Nicole and Addie were going to have lunch with my aunt and uncle and they had called and told me they had the questions answered and some more things they were sending and they would give it to Chad.

My uncle was a school teacher, then a school principal, then he was an administrator with the school board central office in our home parish (no counties in Louisiana).  I think he retired from the school board and then he went to work as Executive Director for an organization in Lake Charles.  Every month, my uncle wrote an article for the group’s newsletter.

Newsletters

So many of his articles include family history and things my uncle remembered.  He included a whole box full of those newsletters!  Honestly, I was just a bit teary and wimpy after Chad, Nicole and Addie had left so I haven’t gotten very far through these but oh, what a family treasure my uncle’s articles will be.

The newsletter on top is the article my uncle wrote after my grandmother died in 1998.  Can you see the headline – “Mother was the best mother one could have.”

Newsletter

Remember . . I told you how much I loved being at my grandparents’ farm.  My grandmother was the best grandmother ever! I hope I’ll be half as good of a grandmother to Addie as my grandmother was to me.  I hope Addie will have special memories of time with me like I have of my time with my grandma.

Reading my uncle’s responses to the questions in the book, and reading his memories in the newsletter, I will learn a whole lot about my history, and it will be preserved for Chad and for his children to read and remember.  That makes me very happy!