Slice summer squash into ¼ and ½-inch wide strips. Put on baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with rosemary and/or thyme. Top with grated parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Then, put under the broiler for 5 minutes. Serve.
Cooking on the farm is often equal parts love and improvisation. With fresh vegetables and herbs at our fingertips, we never want for a good meal to share with family and friends. Some of the recipes below capture the spirit of cooking in our kitchen.
Adapted From Charleston Recipes, 1950
Baked Squash: Cut available yellow squash in half lengthwise (Do not remove skin). Boil in salted water 10 to 15 minutes, drain, scoop out, leaving ¼ inch shell. Mash scooped out part and season with chopped onion, minced green pepper, salt and pepper to taste. Add crumbled bacon from 2 slices (fried crisp) and 2 tablespoons butter. Fill shells, sprinkle with buttered bread crumbs. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes. Serve.
At this time in a growing season, a garden has been producing from plants that may be 4 or 5 months old. Some varieties can start to be a little tough even when the plants still look healthy and keep yielding. When you’re unsure whether garden vegetables might be a little chewy, you can’t over-do it in using butter to cook them. My stir-fry last night – with most all the same garden vegetables you’re getting in this week’s share – proved the truth of this personal adage. Everything came out sweet and tender. I coated the pan with olive oil to start, dicing in green beans and carrots first, then eggplant and summer squash. Peppers, sweet corn, Asian greens, tomatoes, dried herbs, salt and pepper came last. All along the way, I added a little butter. With Dela’s fresh salad, what a meal! Send us your version as you experiment with quick stir-fries.