Friday, July 31, 2015

...the week of summer squash...Patty Pan...

When I saw this Roasted Patty Pan Squash and Herbed Chickpeas Recipe over at Chocolate and Zucchini or C & Z I knew I wanted to try it...

...but I didn't have any patty pan squash...
...and I'm so glad I bookmarked the recipe...because one of our new friends gave us some patty pans...
...aren't they the cutest little squash ever...like little ufos...
...I cut the cute little flying saucers into eigths...
...and put them in my vegetable roaster...and drizzled them with some olive oil...
...I love this little roaster...we've had it for years...like longer than Scout is old...if I remember right...it's from Williams Sonoma...and I don't think anything does a better job of roasting veggies to caramelized perfection...
...see...perfectly done...
...then I mixed up the chickpea part of the salad...
...aside from the patty pans...it's the capers that really make this recipe...
...it's the perfect cool and refreshing summer salad...we loved it...

...I hope you've enjoyed the week of summer squash...and as I've still got bags of squash...I'll probably be posting more recipes before I run out...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

...The Week of Summer Squash...Vegan Scalloped Squash...

...this is just like scalloped potatoes...
...except with sliced squash instead of potatoes...
...add some sliced onion...
...mix a cup of vegan milk...we used almond milk...with 2 Tbs of flour and a little bit of salt and white pepper...
...pour the milk and flour mixture over the squash and onions...
...top with some vegan cheese...we used Daiya Cheddar...
...bake until squash is tender and lightly browned on top...
...and serve...
...I thought this was really good...the boys...not so much...so...I probably wouldn't use squash this way except if I had an overabundance...as I currently do...

...they just prefer it fried...or now baked...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

...the week of summer squash...Day 3...

...this is just a simpler less time consuming way to get crispy fried single pieces of squash...from the oven...
...just oil a sheet pan...and dredge the slices the same way we did in the fried squash...and place them in a single layer and bake for about 10 minutes at 425...turning once...
...then when they're nice and crispy and brown on both sides...
...they're ready to serve...
...they are just like the ones I fried on Monday...but I didn't have to stand in front of the stove...
...perfectly delicious...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

...a week of summer squash...Day 2...

...another super simple summer squash dish...this one is so so easy...
...just slice some yellow squash...sprinkle with chives and a little bit of salt...
...drizzle on some olive oil...I used extra light...but use what you like...
...then just microwave until tender...
...super quick and easy...and delicious...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 27, 2015

...a week of summer squash...Day 1...

...we have been quite literally inundated with summer squash...

...and as we've had squash at every meal since I've been here...I thought I'd share with y'all some of the ways we've been eating it...
...just about everyone's favorite way to have summer squash is simply breaded with cornmeal and fried in a little bit of corn oil...seriously no recipe that's all there is to it...we just sort of dredge each slice in some corn meal...the cut squash is wet enough for just the right amount of cornmeal to stick...
...and then I just barely coat a seasoned cast iron pan with oil...and place the slices in a single layer...
...cook over medium heat until they brown on one side and then turn them over...and brown them on the other side...
...I take them off the heat and put them onto some paper towel to drain a bit...but there's really not all that much oil...
...about one squash per person seems to be the right amount for us...
...and it goes with anything for dinner...we had some barbecue seitan...
...it's sort of crispy on the outside and soft and slightly sweet and bubbly on the inside...we think it's delicious...but we've found in our 'travels' that squash fried this way is a pretty southern dish...

...how do you like your squash?...

~Have a lovely day!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

...Vegan Mint-Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream...

...my sweet sissie came for a visit...and it was a rather warm 95° F day...so we needed some cool refreshment...and we used to love walking around the fairgrounds in Raleigh eating mint chocolate chip ice cream...
...so I got out the Vitamix and some ice cubes...almond milk...vanilla...peppermint extract...and some vegan chocolate chips...
...gave it a whir...and we had some creamy...soft-serve-like ice cream...
...added some chopped up chocolate chips...
...and it was delicious...I'll definitely be making it again...

...rough-ish recipe...I just sort of threw it all together...

VEGAN MINT-CHOCOLATE-CHIP ICE CREAM

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Peppermint extract
1/2 cup dry soy milk - I used Better Than Milk
1/2 cup chopped vegan chocolate chips
4 cups ice cubes

Directions

Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in the Vitamix container.
Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Use the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
In about 45 seconds, the sound of the motor will change and four mounds should form.
Stop machine. Do not over mix or melting will occur. Serve immediately.

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, July 24, 2015

...poor little kitties...

...our improvised shelter for our stray cat Callie...she's been spayed...and deflead (word?)...and de-wormed...so not really a happy camper...but we're trying to take good care of her...
...and the kittens have all be deflead and bathed...cats don't like baths...ha!

~Have a lovely day!