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Becky's Food Tales - Eating from the garden: Zucchini intervention


By Becky Hoff

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
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Picture this - its spring, and nearly time to plant your garden. Winter was a cold and depressing time. You’ve missed stepping out into your garden and picking fresh vegetables to add to your meals. You’ve missed being outside in the sunshine, and generally just being warm. So, maybe you go a little crazy when you pass a seed rack. You end up buying more seeds than you can possibly plant in your garden space. (And if this happens, you should seriously consider renting a plot in the Harmony Community Garden. Just sayin’.)

Flash forward a few weeks - you’re in your garden, with packets of seeds in hand. Will one zucchini plant be enough? Two? You end up planting three, just to be safe. After all, you want a lot of produce this summer, and you’ve got grand plans to eat healthy and use up all of your fresh vegetables. This is going to be the best summer ever! Yeah!

Let’s skip ahead again, this time to the month of August. All of your zucchini plants are producing. ALL OF THEM. At first you catch them when they’re little, maybe five or six inches long. At this stage they’re perfect for grilling. Slice them the long way, toss them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and grill ‘em up! Yum! Then you start picking them a little bit bigger. Perfect for stir frying alone or with other vegetables.

Then maybe you go out of town for a few days...

When you come back, there are some BIG zucchini growing in your garden. Huge. You shred them. You bake cakes and breads, you freeze some for soups and other winter uses. (You will end up throwing at least half of this away in a year or so, just so you know.)

The zucchini plants keep producing. You offer them to neighbors. They accept, and likely throw them away a week later. Then they stop answering the door when you stop over with another armload of green monsters to share. You receive a friendly note from them, asking that you stop leaving vegetables on their porch when they’re not home.

It’s time we had a talk, you and I. I need to share something with you. You need only one zucchini plant in your life. Maybe two if you want to try a couple different varieties.

In our household we prefer an Italian variety of zucchini called Costata Romanesco. It has a nutty, delicious flavor, and my husband likes this variety, and this variety alone. Added bonus - it’s not quite as prolific as many other zuc .....
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The Working Mom - 8.17.15

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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The cool parents Have you been around “those parents” before? Ah yes, the cool parents. You know who they are---they wear similar style clothes as their kids, they use the same slang phrases, and they know what apps are popular this month. The ..... 
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A little bit of this, A little bit of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
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Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We’ll whether the weather Whether we like it or not! I am not liking the tropical weather we have been experiencing lately. It is good for the hostas, but hard on the humans. The heat a ..... 
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Real Bites - The Cracked Egg An international diner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Right next to the Lanesboro bp Food Shop, you’ll find a place that many people refer to as the old Chat-N-Chew. Yes, it was the Chat-N-Chew for many years, but now there’s a new chef in town by the name of Adam Mindrum. And, Adam has brought ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Have you ever been “The New Kid on the Block”? And just who is the new kid on the block? Believe it or not, this phrase was coined in the U.S. and first seen in the 1940s in the cartoon “Skippy”. There are many synonyms used to describe “ ..... 
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A View From the Woods - 7.20.15

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
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Garden Artistry Picture a warm, breezy evening. Four of the most beautiful gardens in the county await as you set off on a tour exploring how four gardeners created their individual artistic expressions on the landscape. With great anticipation, yo ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Eating from your garden: Kale and Potato Gratin

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
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Earlier this year I planted four kale seedlings in my garden, and then totally forgot about them. Kale is a simple leafy green from the brassica family (which means it’s related to cabbages and broccoli, among other plants) and has been cultivated ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 6.22.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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“Back in the day When there were Preston Bluejays, There was the Victory Café.” It was located next to what is now the Preston IGA. Lunch specials were served daily; but each one contained real mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and some canne ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - 6.15.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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It’s that time of the year when uninvited guests arrive….and I don’t mean relatives. It’s that little social insect…ANTS. Ants are social because they live and work together, where they feed and protect one another. Actually they are an ..... 
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