Summer Squash Patties; random thoughts

Zucchini (Italian), summer squash (English), courgette (French)… what’s in a name.

I have 4 plants: white, yellow, green stripe and round. I’ve been making soup for the freezer, shredding them for the freezer, making Lemon Bread, Chocolate Bread, Spice Bread, and eating them at least once for every meal.

As much as I don’t like hot weather (97F on Monday, 100F tomorrow) I am oddly grateful that the summer squashes apparently don’t like it either.

Today is the first day in over a month that I didn’t pick any. Usually I have at least 3.

This is mon mari‘s favorite:

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Summer Squash Patties

Use any summer squash or zucchini you have for this. A medium squash is about 9 inches long (23cm)

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetables


  • 1 medium summer squash or zucchini – about 2 cups, shredded.
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbs bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbs snipped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbs olive oil


  • In medium bowl lightly beat egg.
  • Add bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well. 
  • Add squash and onion and mix well. 
  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat with 1 tbs oil.
  • Divide mixture into 4ths and spoon each 4th into pan, shaping into patty and patting down lightly. 
  • Sauté 10 minutes, or until starting to brown.
  • Turn them and fry other side the same. 
  • Remove and serve. 


These work best if you mix them just before cooking.  That way the squash won’t have a chance to release  much liquid

Zucchini Patty

We got another lamb today. I’m not sure of the weight but we now have about 30 future lamb dinners on hand. This year, due to the pandemic, we did not go over to the farm when he cut it up. Last year, we were there and told him what we wanted. He cut and I wrapped.

This year he cut it ahead of time in, I’m assuming, the traditional French manner. It was laid out on trays which we took home. I sorted through it all, weighed it and packaged it. Some of the cuts are different than what we’re used to but we’ll adjust. For example we have 2 beautiful whole lamb tenderloins which I can’t wait to have….. but, therefore, all of the chops are blade chops rather than loin chops.

While I was doing the weighing and trimming and wrapping I was not paying attention to the background noise also known as the daily news. A turn of phrase caught my attention.

I have long bemoaned the use of multisyllabic words when simple ones would work better. (See what I did there?)

Vehicle instead of car. Weapon instead of gun. Dialogue (used as a verb) instead of talk. You get the idea….. But today I heard a discussion about the way we consume videos.

I have never consumed a video.

To me the definition of consume is to eat (consume the whole cake) or be filled with (consumed with guilt) or use up (electricity consumption). I’m not sure how I would do that with say, a music video or a movie. I watch them, yes… but consume?

To me all of these usages sound contrived and are futile attempts at convincing people that one is actually intelligent.

On the other hand I have tried for years to break myself of the habit of double-spacing between sentences.

Can’t be done.

That’s what happens when I am doing mindless tasks for long periods of time. My mind meanders all over….

When I was done with the lamb I braided the onions.

On that note….. here’s today’s view from my veggie garden:

All those bright yellow lines are sunflower fields. ‘Tis the season

5 thoughts on “Summer Squash Patties; random thoughts”

  1. What a beautiful view!

    To me, all those misused words, and they really are misused, are the speaker’s attempt to sound smart. They instead sound pompous.

    I think I’m going to be pulling my cucumbers. I’ll have to see what I get today, but they’ve been bitter so I can’t pickle them. Who knows where the bitterness ends? I might not even plant any next year or for that matter, from now on. Shame really, but I understand there’s no surefire way to prevent the bitterness and it’s such a shock to bite into a piece and have to run for the trash can.

    • It’s so frustrating when the veggies don’t behave like they’re supposed to. I haven’t tried in years, after the first 2 years of bitter ones.
      The misuse of words drive me crazy – and it’s spreading

      • And then here in France we have things like ‘F*cking Wifi’ because that word is so often used the French don’t realize it’s ‘bad word’. My teacher won’t say ‘merde’ (meaning sh*t) but she happily says f*ck)

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