Stuffed Zucchini

In talking with some farmers market customers yesterday, I mentioned this awesome stuffed zucchini recipe that I found in Grit magazine.  It is a great use for those huge zucchini that you don’t find until it is (almost!) too late.  🙂

Stuffed Zucchini

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Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, 12 to 18 inches
  • 1/2 to 1 pound ground beef or meatloaf mix (equal amounts beef, pork and veal)
  • 1 can (14 to 16 ounces) corn, drained, or 1 box (16 ounces) frozen corn, thawed and drained, or leftovers (any amount) from corn on the cob
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 3 to 4 eggs
  • 1 box stuffing mix
  • Black pepper or crushed red pepper to taste
  • Grated or sliced mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-by-13-inch baking dish; set aside.
  • Wash zucchini and place on cutting board. Cut off each end and slice zucchini in half lengthwise. Use tablespoon or serving spoon to scoop out seeds and make a hollow in each half. Place, hollow side up, in prepared dish.
  • In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients, except cheese. Spoon into zucchini hollows. Add water around zucchini to 1-inch depth.
  • Cover dish with foil, and bake for 1 to 2 hours, or until zucchini is tender.
  • Remove foil, and top each zucchini hollow with cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

I have collected lots of yummy zucchini and squash recipes over the years, and I will be posting those here over the next few weeks.  Keep checking back!

Wedding Flowers

I received a call earlier this week asking if I could provide some flowers for a wedding rehearsal dinner this week.  Cut zinnias and bachelor’s buttons this morning to send up to Derby for the event.

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I got the call after selling these mini-bouquets at farmers market last weekend.  They were very popular!  I will have more at market tomorrow.  Hopefully we will have a few Sunflower bouquets, as well.

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Tomatoes – Coming SOON!

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Picked these beautiful tomatoes from the garden just this morning!  Would have enough to sell at market on Saturday if …. if only I could figure out what to do about the stinkbugs and/or tomato fruit worms eating almost all of our tomatoes!!!  What a year for tomatoes … it has been quite a trial so far.

I am researching it tonight.  We will figure out how to get rid of these pests and have tomatoes to harvest soon!

Vegetables for Market

This will be the first week that we finally have some substantial vegetables to share at the Walnut Valley Farmers Market.

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Yellow squash, zucchini, three types of pattypan squash, cucumbers, onions, and a few new potatoes and jalapenos.  Still no tomatoes yes, but SOON.  We also still have a FEW thornless blackberry plants left.  If you want them, make sure to come early!  We will also still be selling pecans.

All of that squash is making me hungry for this recipe for “Glorified Zucchini Casserole” from Tasty Kitchen  (if only I had just a FEW tomatoes …).

Man, now my mouth is watering just thinking about it …

When you try this recipe (and I say when, not if, because it is just Too. Darn. Good. not to try), I would recommend substituting some pattypan squash for either the zucchini or yellow squash.  They tend to be a little “meatier” than either zucchini or yellow squash and hold up better during baking (is it possible for a vegetable to be “meaty”? … I’m saying it is).

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We will also have bunches of fresh lavender for sale for at least one more week.  This week we will also be adding small, fresh flower bouquets! … something I haven’t done for awhile, but am looking forward to!

Visit is bright and early tomorrow morning at the Walnut Valley Farmers Market!  This pregnant lady doesn’t hold up well in the heat, so we are sure to be done early!  🙂

Baby Chicks

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So, apparently Rooster Cogburn is doing his job.  And one of our old hens did her job and actually began sitting on the eggs!  I was still skeptical, don’t ask me why.  I just didn’t think we would get any chicks.

Imagine my surprise when I was walking past the chicken coop last week and heard a tiny “Cheep!”  I peaked in, and sure enough, two tiny chicks were following their mama around!  Gage moved the hen, chicks, and the rest of the eggs into a separate coop, hoping she would hatch the rest.  But she was too distracted with caring for her two new babies, and didn’t get any more (actually a few more hatched, but didn’t survive).

In any case, we are all pretty pleased with this tiny miracle!  I’m sure we will get even more chicks the next time around.  🙂