Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mystery Squash

We have an ENORMOUS volunteer squash plant growing on the site of our old compost pile. It is easily the size of two full sofas and continuing to trail all over the yard and climb up and run along the fence around the vegetable garden. The leaves are over a foot across and the stems have serious spines on them. The fruit is pale with some green stripes and is oblong, like a football.

At first we thought it was a pumpkin patch and we were excited, thinking about what a great Halloween the children would have. Then when we saw the fruit was tending towards turning green we thought it was zucchini and we were not so excited (although I was gamely gathering recipes, determined to make the best of what was looking like an enormous crop of zucchini). Today my grandmother-in-law came over and remarked that it looked like spaghetti squash to her and so I looked up pictures of immature spaghetti squash and YES! That's it! So I am VERY excited. Not only does winter squash keep well, but we absolutely adore spaghetti squash.

What a blessing!!!!

My favorite: Quick Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

In addition, I found out that we can use the five we already picked and cook them as a summer squash.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash as a Summer Squash

We had this recipe for dinner with Savory Chicken with Olives from 1,000 Jewish Recipes

It was SOOO delicious!!!!

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