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Zucchini Part I   2 comments

Zucchini season appears to be upon us!

In light of that wonderful fact I would like to share some zucchini recipes which have been a great way to use that amazing vegetable.  This year I have both zucchini and yellow squash since Baker Creek sent me the Lemon squash as a freebie, perfect for the second recipe.

These are great side dishes that use a lot of zucchini.  Both are from Crème de Colorado cookbook published in 1987 (tells you how long I have been married!).

Mexican Zucchini

2 T. olive oil

4 cups thinly sliced zucchini

3/4 cup chopped celery

1/2 large onion, chopped

1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper

1 1/2 tsp. dried basil

1/2 cup picante sauce, hot or mild to taste

1 tsp. salt

pepper to taste

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or cheddar)

In large skillet on high heat, heat olive oil. Saute all vegetables at once for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add basil, picante,salt and pepper; stir.  Cover vegetables and cook for five more minutes.  Add jack cheese to vegetables and mix well.  When cheese is barely melted serve immediately.

Everyone likes this.  I do recommend only making as much as your family can eat in one sitting because it doesn’t keep well.


Spanish Squash

1 clove garlic minced

2 cups yellow summer squash, sliced

2 cups zucchini, sliced

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

1/2 cup milk

1 T. parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. oregano

8 oz. can diced green chilies

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

2 eggs beaten

1/2 cup soft bread crumbs

1/4 cup butter melted

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In large covered pan, cook garlic, quash and zucchini in small amount water til tender; drain.  Stir bread crumbs, Parmesan, milk, seasonings, chiles and cheddar cheese into vegetables.  Fold in eggs.  Pour into 6×10 casserole.  Toss soft bread crumbs with butter and remaining cheddar cheese.  Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes.

I like this one even better and again it uses lots of squash.  I didn’t have chiles on hand, so I added a half of a red bell pepper to the saute at the beginning.  Also, I omitted the bread crumbs in both places as I often try to avoid wheat, and didn’t miss them at all.  I just melted the butter and poured it right over the top!  Ahhhh.

Hope you enjoy these.  More ideas to come.

Posted July 11, 2014 by swanatbagend in food

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My Filing Cabinet   1 comment

I’ve always had a great memory.  I am known among friends and acquaintances, who turn to me for obscure song lyrics from the 70s and 80s, other people’s telephone numbers and addresses, specifics about things we did together in the past…that kind of thing.

Not to mention the important stuff.  I never forget birthdays, anniversaries, what’s important to someone, where he’s from, what she does for a living, either.

That is…I never used to.

But something started happening when I turned 40.

I know, I know, huge stereotype, right?

But for me, literally, when I turned 40, that very year is when things started getting erased from the hard drive.

Now I can still remember songs from the 80s and some phone numbers from about ten years ago, you know incredibly useful stuff like that, but meeting new people and successfully storing their names in the gray matter has gotten way harder.  And it’s continuing to get more difficult, despite working hard to pull that stuff into the “keeper” file.

It’s the strangest feeling having your children tell you about something that happened last month or a few years ago and it’s blank.

They are at least tolerant of this weakness, and they like the metaphor I used to describe my situation.

You see, life is full and has been ever since I started giving birth to them.  So life is like a pick-up truck roaring down the interstate at 70 miles an hour.

In the back of the pick-up is an old, grey, extremely battered metal filing cabinet.

And as I drive wildly down the road of my life, the drawers rattle open from all the movement and action.  Guess what happens next?

Bits of white notebook paper come shooting violently out of the loose drawers of my mind.  So as I go I leave a trail of confetti.

Yep, that’s what it feels like.  There just isn’t room for any more  information, for one thing, and the speed of life demands that the time I have be spent in the present and planning for the future, so I don’t have time to turn around and try to collect all that lost information.

So, if I forget something about you, or the last time we got together, and what we did — don’t take it personally.  It’s just the state of my filing cabinet .




Posted July 2, 2014 by swanatbagend in mental health, transitions

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