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Runaway squash and cucumbers

I had the good sense this year to plant a sparse garden for easier maintenance. Even so, when the garden kicks in, you can’t turn your back on it even for a day. I had skipped a day of harvesting, and this morning I picked five pounds of squash and cucumbers from four squash plants and four cucumber plants. Some of the squash and cucumbers had already gotten a little too big.

Unlike tomatoes, which love to sit and look out the kitchen window, squash and cucumbers start to lose their freshness the instant they’re picked. I pick them in the cool of the morning, wash them in cold water, dry them, and pop them in the fridge.

I’d have fried fresh squash every day in summer if it weren’t for the calories. Curried squash is probably the lowest-calorie way to fix them. When I fry squash, I like to not use egg. I slice the squash and let the slices sit for about 10 minutes. A sticky dew will form. That stickiness helps the flour stick. Roll the slices in seasoned flour. Then roll them in a mixture of flour, seasonings, and water, about the same thickness as you would with an egg mixture. Then roll them in semolina flour and pop them in the skillet.


  1. Jo wrote:

    We are enjoying a bounty of yellow squash, zucchini, and lots of cucumbers. The first eggplant was picked today. I sauté the squash and zucchini in a small amount of olive oil or corn oil. Season with salt and pepper. So good. Must admit yours look more appetizing. The eggplant will be on the menu tomorrow. The cucumbers will be shared with a neighbor. Happy gardening.

    Monday, June 21, 2021 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Jo: Yum! And so healthy, too…

    Monday, June 21, 2021 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

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