Even though my winter squash plants were attacked by mildew I managed a good harvest.
I started treating the mildew and trimming the bad bits. The plants struggled along and managed to ripen everything on their respective vines.
A few weeks of hot, dry weather helped enormously.
I even have a few butternut and acorn squashes just starting. I hate to tell them that’s it’s too late. There won’t be enough decent weather for them to grow and ripen.
At the moment our daily decision is which type of squash to eat next. We have an abundance of choice.
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Acorn Squash, Stuffed with Beef & Tomatoes
Choose a large acorn squash for stuffing. We had a side of Basmati rice with this. I used yellow tomatoes from my garden but any color is good.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: One Dish Dinners
- 1 large acorn squash
- 8oz (240gr) ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup yellow tomatoes, peeled, chopped
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tbs fresh sage
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds.
- Place face down in a baking dish and bake in 400F (200C) oven for 30 minutes.
- While squash cooks:
- Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add the onion and sauté 5 minutes
- Add garlic, beef, and sauté until beef is cooked through, breaking it up as it browns.
- Add paprika, chili powder, sage and sauté another 1 – 2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, reduce heat and simmer until thickened and squash are ready.
- When squash are ready (they should be tender) remove from oven and fill with beef mixture.
- Bake, for an additional 5 – 10 minutes, until heated through.
To peel fresh tomatoes: blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds, cool under cold tap water and peel. No need to cut an X or put in ice water….
If using canned tomatoes you can freeze any that are left for another use.
- Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
- Calories: 384
- Sugar: 3.6 g
- Sodium: 125.5 mg
- Fat: 9.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
- Trans Fat: 0.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 51.5 g
- Fiber: 8.8 g
- Protein: 30 g
- Cholesterol: 67.8 mg
Keywords: acorn squash, stuffed winter squash
The Art of Shovel Leaning is alive and well in France.
I don’t mean to disparage hard-working road crews but this is an old joke just too perfect not to pass on.
On our bike ride yesterday, we noticed flashing lights in the distance. As we got closer we could tell it was a large truck of some sort.
Parts of the bike path are open to car / small truck traffic, either to service the marinas or for the farmers to get to a field or for access to a house. There aren’t very many sections, maybe 3 or 4, and they’re not very long, 100 – 200 meters (yards).
One of these sections was being repaired. Nothing major, just smoothing out the rough bits, filling in holes, etc.
The truck had the oil and small stones and whatever else they needed, plus 4 guys.
In fairness, it was only mid-morning and most of the section had been repaired. Even to my novice eye they had done a lot of work.
As we got to the truck we saw 2 of the guys standing in the road, leaning on their shovels.
But only 2 of them……
The other 2 were leaning on their brooms.
Some things are universal.