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08:16 am: How to Stuff a Wild Zucchini
We're doing a CSA (half-share) this summer, which has been very cool. I'd been in a bit of a Bananas Shaughnessy rut on cooking; being forced to figure out how to deal with various things I wouldn't necessarily buy (collards, kale, Swiss chard) has helped liven me up.

The regular infusion of unpredictable produce also forces me to be flexible on plans. This week, I'll unexpectedly (and unusually) be away 3 nights, so there are insufficient meals to be cooked to use up this week's haul. So I made zucchini bread last night (and froze it), we'll have stuffed zucchini tonight with a big salad, and there will be roasted veggies and more salad for lunch a couple of days.

I'm also totally diggin' the summer fruit (from the grocery store, not the farm share so far); we've had perfect strawberries, peaches, mangoes, and cantaloupes. All kinds o' yum.

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On a far less cheerful note, I wasn't at home for dinner last night because I was in Haverhill to attend a wake for a colleague's sister. Perhaps the only thing worse than attending such events is the ones you can't attend... Another colleague's father died, as did another's friend's son. The last is certainly at greater remove, but he was a 21-year-old kid who died in a car accident because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. Such a tragic, unnecessary loss.

And then there's Paul. I didn't know him all that well - he was my mother's cousin and I've not had many opportunities to get to know him - but I liked him very, very much. He was... urbane. Witty, extraordinarily well-read, insightful, very smart, and also just plain nice. Compassionate. Sympathetic. And he's dead and that just sucks.

I'd hoped to attend his funeral, to meet some of his friends, perhaps comfort others in the family (though I know none of his immediate family well and I'm not sure I'd actually be any comfort), say my own weird goodbye. But I'm not going. And much as I know that's the appropriate decision, I'm quite sad about it.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: sadsad

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From:swingchickie
Date:July 19th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
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oh my goodness, i'm so so sorry to hear about all of those peoples' passing! especially paul -- i know what you mean about him, sometimes there are people in your life who you aren't super close to but they're still a positive, happy point of light in your life. *hug*

on a happier note -- if you're looking for a kale recipe (in case you've done the kale chip thing over and over), try a kale caesar salad: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-kale-caesar-salad-10000001947678/ i had one at a restaurant in idaho a couple of years ago and it was delish!
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From:katehaney
Date:July 19th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)

thanks, on both counts

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I can't do Caesar salad 'cause I can't eat garlic. POOR ME! I haven't actually done kale chips, so I have that in reserve. I've made tons of Portuguese kale soup, however, 'cause we love it.

Now I'm all about the gourds. So very many gourds. :)
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:July 19th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Yeah Zuch bread... so sad about all the death...
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From:katehaney
Date:July 19th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)

thanks

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Strangely enough, I did NOT like the zucchini bread when it first came out of the oven. Peter did, so I thought he'd be eating it for months.

Turns out I do like day-old zucchini bread. Go figure.

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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:July 19th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)

Re: thanks

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I like Zuch bread with chocolate chips in them... and can you do caesar salad dressing w/out the garlic? I try doing it w/out the parm cheese... not as good but sometimes it hits the spot!
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From:katehaney
Date:July 19th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)

oooh! chocolate chips!

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I should've thought of that. Maybe next week.

I've never found a Caesar dressing without garlic. I suppose I could experiment, making my own, but I'm too lazy.
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:July 19th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)

Re: oooh! chocolate chips!

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Chocolate chips in banana bread too! Then dd eats it right up: Chocolate bread (sometimes I throw in some cocoa powder to cover up the green zuch) and sweet chocolate bread (banana bread). She's going to feel really duped one day.

eh.
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From:katehaney
Date:July 19th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)

she's bound to feel duped about something

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This way, you get to pick it. Score!
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