and a bit of randomness about things on the farm!
The Great Summer Squash Recipe Challenge is officially over, although the end of summer is not official for a few more weeks. I cooked the winning entry for the 2011 season last night to end the contest with the Double Nickel Farm Winner!
The tasty ingredients:
1 cup fresh shredded chicken
1.5 cups beef kielbasa sliced and fried before adding
2 cups each pattypan squash, yellow squash, zucchini
1 cup each frozen peas, carrots
2 cloves garlic diced
1 whole onion
1 small can of tomato sauce(this is not the same as spaghetti sauce for readers outside US)
water to top off
Cook on stove top
Bring to a boil then reduce temperature and slowly cook for 20- 3o minutes on medium heat.
This is the winner of 2011 contest based on three criteria:
Use of as much squash as possible
The farm contest will resume next year. I know I posted only about 8 or so recipes but the farm family had the delight(or misery) of a woman trying to maximize the abundance of squash this season. What I loved about this contest was that it put me back into deep thoughts about the foods I place on the table and the simple joys of cooking once again.
The contest may have ended but our garden is still producing and will for a while as this is the southwest desert. I have a good deal of acorn squash up and coming, many varieties of summer squash, tomatoes, cayenne peppers, chard, lettuce, gourds and pumpkins that delight me every time I walk to my garden, and will be filling bowls on the dinner table as well as the canned shelf for months to come!!
Now on to our visitor yesterday evening. Because we have a bobcat coming on the property Bill contacted the Fish and Game offices of our county. In NM one needs a permit to kill a bobcat unless it is killing your livestock. Now we are well within our rights of killing the bobcat as she has killed a good deal of our chickens and one turkey(yes sadly one that we were to butcher soon). Bill called Fish and Game because we had hoped we could capture the bobcat and relocate it elsewhere. It is a stealth critter and we have a ewe ready to lamb. I do not want this lamb to become choice foods for the bobcat!
Having the county send out the specialist was a way for us to ensure that we have gone through all the proper channels before we protect what is ours, as anyone in the US knows the laws favor animals and criminals far more than property owners.
In addition the pups are now 6 months old. Looks like my daughter and her "spoof" television listing may be our backup as the hunter will become hunted by these teeny tiny pups~ Samson and Delilah!
And since this photo...they have gotten even larger!!