Stuffed Mini Summer Squash; idioms

Remember the old adage: If you can’t beat’ em, join’ em?

I never really understood what that meant….

Although I’ve said it often enough

If it was referring to physical violence – why would I want to do that?

If it was referring to contests of some sort why would the winner want me to join them?

Wiki says that it means if your adversary is too strong for you to defeat you should switch sides. Well, that’s rather defeatist…..

Another definition says it means to go with the majority or go with the flow. (Or take the easy way out….)

That’s the problem with idioms / old adages… we use them even when they no longer make sense.

In this case I’ll go with the last meaning – if my potager refuses to produce full size vegetables I will use the tiny ones I get.

Who knows, maybe I can start a trend….

Stuffed Mini Summer Squash

Total time: 40 minutes


  • 2 small yellow squash or zucchini (courgette)
  • 4 tbs finely chopped tomato
  • 2 tbs finely chopped shallot
  • 4 green or black olives, chopped
  • 1 tbs fresh oregano, chopped
  • 4 strips cheddar, the size of the squash
  • 1 tbs fresh chives, chopped.
  • 2 slices Prosciutto or other dry-cured ham
  • handful basil leaves
  • 1 tomato, sliced

Stuffed Baby Zucchini


  • Cut each squash in half the long way.
  • Using the tip of a small spoon, scrape out the seeds and a bit of flesh, leaving about 1/4″ (.5cm) all around.
  • Divide and spread the olives, shallots, tomato, and oregano into each of the halves.
  • Top with the sliced cheese
  • Cut the Prosciutto in half the long way.
  • Wrap each half slice diagonally around a squash half, tucking the ends under the squash.
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake, 400F (200C) for 25 minutes.
  • Remove Stuffed squash, arrange on plates, garnish with sliced tomatoes, chives, basil, and serve.

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And to continue the theme….

If I can’t convince the rabbits to leave my morning glories alone:

I’ll turn them into morning glory bushes with trailing flowers.

The poor thing keeps trying to climb the fence but, every morning, all the growing tips have been eaten.

It is now a bush.

But that purple flower has the most iridescent center I have ever seen in a flower:

I don’t know how well it will show up on the photo but in real life it looked like it had an LED for a center.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I’m done now….

Last update on September 6, 2017

6 thoughts on “Stuffed Mini Summer Squash; idioms”

  1. I didn’t realize that in all of their poisonous beauty, they are not poisonous to rabbits! Maybe a bit of chicken wire around the base until they have a chance to reach up the pole? Like I said, I haven’t had much luck growing them anyway, though I really like them. Probably a good thing since the house we’re in now seems to have a bunny farm in the backyard!

    • I’m at a loss – they chewed both the tips on the small shoots and the middle of the stems on the big ones. I’d get blood meal (supposed to work) but that would just make the dogs happy lol

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