Recipe – Spaghetti Sԛuash Rеd Sаuсе

whether working with the spaghetti squash from your garden or recently purchased from the store this recipe makes a nice weeknight recipe. Because this spaghetti squash recipe uses only the stovetop and the microwave it doesn’t add a lot of heat to the house, so, it can be a year-round family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diсеd
  • 1 tsp. оlivе oil
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and diсеd
  • 1 сuр tomato sauce
  • ¾ tѕр.. orеgano
  • ½ tѕр. salt
  • ¼ tѕр. рерреr
  • 1 lаrgе spaghetti squash, about 5 pounds
  • ¼ сuр Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a nonstick ѕkillеt, sauté onion in оil until tranѕluсеnt, about 10 minutes. Add tomato, tomato ѕаuсе, oregano, salt, and рерреr and ѕimmеr over low hеat for 30 minutеѕ.
  • Mеanwhilе, hаlvе spaghetti squash lеngthwisе, and rеmоvе seeds. Cover еасh hаlf with microwave-safe cellophane wrap for cooking, leaving 1 сornеr еxроѕеd. Miсrоwаvе, cut side up, on a plate on high power for 8 minutеѕ. Sԛuash should ѕераratе easily into ѕtrandѕ when donе.
  • Sсrаре out flesh and рlасе in an lаrgе mixing bowl. Mix in tomato ѕаuсе and season to tastе. Dividе into ѕix 2/3-сuр portions and top еасh with 1 tаblеѕроon Pаrmеѕan. Or, if you like you can lay the spaghetti squash out and apply on a platter and cover it with a tomato sauce making the Parmesan available for each to serve their own when they take their helping.

Servings

  • Makes about six servings

Italian Style Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin for two

Au Gratin and spaghetti squash what a combination, then add an Italian flavor twist and you have a savory side dish or, if you are eating lite, a colorful main course.  

Ingredients

  • 1 small-medium spaghetti squash
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium fresh yellow pepper (100 gr.), chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium onion (70 gr.), chopped
  • 1 small red chili, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese (15 gr.)
  • 4 tablespoons Mozzarella, Havarti, Swiss, or mild White Cheddar cheese to top au gratin (60 gr.)
  • 8 to 10 basil leaves

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 Fº / 180Cº / Gas Mark 4.
  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.
  • And scoop out the seeds with a spoon
  • Place the spaghetti squash upside down on a parchment paper.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until soft and juicy.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool
  • Pull the squash flesh from the peel by scrapping horizontally with a fork. Set spaghetti squash flesh aside and discard shell.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan.
  • Add crushed garlic, chopped onion, ground pepper, and chopped chili.
  • Cook for 5 minutes until they start to brown.
  • Add chopped bell pepper.
  • Cook at high heat for three minutes while continuously stirring.
  • Place spaghetti squash in a mixing bowl and add in the yellow pepper mixture. Mix well.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese and mix.
  • Transfer mix in two 10 or 12 oz ramekins and top with Mozzarella, Havarti, Swiss, or mild White Cheddar cheese.
  • Place ramekins with au gratin on a warmed baking stone and put in the oven, placing the baking dish under the broiler, for 3-4 minutes until cheese is golden and crispy on the edges.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
Two rustic ramekins with Au Gratin
Two rustic ramekins with Au Gratin

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My Last Winter Squash Harvest Of 2017

Golden Butternut Squash
Golden Butternut Squash

2017 was that second time in the six years that we have lived in this house where I have picked that last of my winter squash in December. In this case, December 7, 2017.  I always leave the last few winter squash for picking at the last possible moment to get as many full ripe fruits as possible.  Fortunately, I was watching my iPhone and thought the night get colder than I would like and did not want to risk my squash to a frost any longer. So, I went out into the rain and harvested my last four golden butternut squashes from my vegetable garden.  As you can see in the picture about where they are still wet from the rain.  In all, it was 42 pounds of ripe butternut squash.

Snowing in San Anontio, TX December 7th 2017.
Snowing in San Antonio, TX December 7th, 2017.

It was a good thing I did because it was snowing a couple hours later, not a common thing here in San Antonio, Texas.

I’m a little slow getting this post, but as it happens, I’m cooking one of them, smaller for seed, ten pounders today, which got me thinking about the December harvest.

Winter Squash – Waltham Butternut

Young Waltham Butternut Squash
Young Waltham Butternut Squash

A popular winter storage squash of excellent quality. A prolific, easy to grow, delicious butternut with improved fruit uniformity and increased yields. Interior is thick rich sweet yellow-orange flesh with a nutty flavor.  A 1970 All-America Selection (AAS) seed-industry award winner. Grows well in the southern U.S.A.

Classification

  • Winter Squash

Days To Maturity

  • 80-110

Fruit Size

  • average 8” to 12″ long and 3” to 5” inches in width

Weight

  • 3-5 pounds

Skin Color

  • smooth light-Buff/Tan

Habit

  • Vines grow to 6 feet, producing 4-5 squash per plant.

Seed Planting Depth

  • 1 inch

Seeds Per group

  • 6-8

Seed Spacing Within A Group

  • 3 inches

Spacing Between Hills

  • 4-6 feet

Day To Germination

  • 10-14 days

Thin To (Plants Per Hill)

  • 2-3 plants

Heirloom

  • No

Year Introduced

  • 1970

Species

  • Cucurbita

Genus

  • Moschata

 Resistance

  • Excellent resistance to vine borers.

Usage

  • Edible – Excellent food qualities

Storage

  • Good Keeper

Space Saver

  • Pick young and small to use as summer squash

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Mock Apple Pie Recipe

Mock Apple Pie
Mock Apple Pie

This dish I fondly remember from my early years. My mother, never being one to waste anything, used to make this dish around harvest time to use up green pumpkins whose flesh had not yet turned golden inside.  I have no ideas where she came up with this recipe, but it always seemed like good eats to us kids.  If your pumpkin is a little too small or you underestimated the size needed fill your pie, not a problem, just add some apple slices to make up the difference.

Ingredients

  • Two to three pounds of green pumpkin
  • 2 prepared pie crusts
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/4 cup green pumpkin; peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons margarine

Directions

  • Preheat Oven: Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Prepare smallish green Pumpkin (two to three pounds)
    • With large knife (I used a clever for this task) cut pumpkin into halves
    • Remove seeds and scrape out seed web
    • With large knife or clever cut halves into quarters
    • With large knife or clever cut quarters into one or two inch slices
    • Take a slice at a time lay it on its side and with paring knife cut the peel off
    • Repeat until all slices are peeled
    • Cut the peeled (flesh) slices into ½ inch slices
    • Cut into halves or quarters approximately apple slice sizes (Try to keep the size of the slices even)
  • Mix sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt in large bowl.
  • fold in green pumpkin slices (all slices should be covered)
  • Even line a 9 inch pie pan with prepared pie crust
  • Pour into pastry-lined pie plate and gently level with spoon or spatula
  • Dot with small bits of margarine.
  • Cover with top crust and seal the edges.
  • Cut slits in the top.
  • Cover edge with 3-inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent too much browning.
  • Bake 30 and carefully remove foil from pie edges
  • Bake an additional 10 to 20 minutes more until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust.

Caution

  • Let cool 15 to 30 minutes on elevated rack before serving

Serving

  • 6

Winter Squash – Sweet Dumpling

Winter Squash, Sweet Dumpling (C.Pepo)
Winter Squash, Sweet Dumpling (C.Pepo)

Sweet Dumpling is a very sweet, tender orange flesh and a acornish shape with ivory skin with dark green stripes. The Sweet dumpling has pale orange flesh About the perfect size for having and filling with a meat stuffing for a nice two-person meal starter.

Species

Cucurbita

Genus

Pepo

Classification

Squash

Family

Acorn

Days To Maturity

100-110 days

Fruit Size

A small to medium sized squash ranging in diameter from 5 to 7 inches.

Weight

¾ to 1 lb

Skin Color

Ivory skin with dark green stripes

Habit

Medium length vines

Seed Depth

½ – 1″

Seeds Per group

4 -6

Seed Spacing

6″

Space Between Hills

4 – 6′

Day To Germination

7 – 14

Thin To (Plants Per hill)

2

Year Introduced

1976

Heirloom

No

Resistance

Unknown

Usage

Edible – Very good food qualities

Storage

Good Keeper

Space Saver

Can be planted in your landscaping or in a very large pot.  Also, can be grown vertically.

Substitution

substitutes for Acorn or carnival

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Edible Flowers

Edible Flower Mixed Greens Fresh Salad
Edible Flower Mixed Greens Fresh Salad

Flowers are something most people don’t consider edible, even though the have likely been eating and or drinking them most of their life without much consideration.

Taking advantage of edible flowers and allow the multi-use their plants as food sources.  May flowering plants also have edible leaves, stems, berries and/or fruit. Given some care not to hinder your berry or fruit production, edible flowers and allow your family to begin eating from more of your garden earlier that would otherwise be possible.

Here is a quick list of edible flowers:

Edible Flowers

NameLongevity
Anise hyssopTender Perennial
ApplePerennial
Bee BalmPerennial
BorageAnnual
CalendulaAnnual
ChamomilePerennial
DandelionPerennial
Daylily Perennial
DianthusPerennial
Elder (Elderberry) flowerPerennial
English DaisyPerennial
FennelPerennial
HibiscusPerennial
HoneysucklePerennial
JasminePerennial
Johnny-Jump-UpAnnual
LavenderPerennial
LemonPerennial
LilacPerennial
LindenPerennial
Malabar SpinachAnnual
MintPerennial
New Zealand SpinachAnnual
PansyPerennial
Pineapple GuavaTender Perennial
Pineapple sageTender Perennial
PumpkinAnnual
Red CloverBiennial
RosePerennial
Scented GeraniumTender Perennial
Signet MarigoldAnnual
Squash (summer & winter)Annual
SunflowerAnnual
Sweet WoodruffPerennial
Tuberous BegoniaPerennial
TulipPerennial
Turkscap Perennial
VioletPerennial

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