Friday, May 31, 2013

Looking back over the last few months, it appears that I've more or less confined myself to shorter posts.  There's a few reasons for that. 

1. I've been fighting my moods. 
2. I've been posting on my android using an app called Bloggeroid, and while it works better than the actual blogger app for me , it limits the size of my posts.
3. Finally, I haven't been writing on here because I've been writing something else, and, while it's interesting, it's also confusing as I don't know where the hell it's going or what the point is, assuming it has a point.

But I've decided to buckle down and do an actual post.

Now, remember when I used to post recipes?  They have to be fairly easy, and always flexible.

And since squash season has settled down on us in Texas, and is no doubt gathering in a slightly threatening manner, like a weird green thundercloud on the horizon, further north, I've decided to gather a few thoughts on squash. 

The yellow squash, and it's close cousin the zucchini, have one thing going for them. 

They're easy to grow, and extremely productive, making them very rewarding for the home gardener no matter what their experience level.  Actually, they're so productive, that 3 or 4 hills of each are usually more than enough.  Unfortunately, the average seed packet has enough seeds for about triple that amount, and you tend to end up with more than you can possibly use, and you cannot ever seem to give them away, as everybody else has more than they can possibly use and is trying to unload them on you.

For this reason, there are well over a thousand recipes, including casseroles, pickles, lasagnas, breads, etc, trying to use up the darned things.

So, after you've gotten sick of the average sautéed in butter, or brushed with olive oil and grilled, and you've resigned yourself to a casserole... here's one to try.


3 or 4 medium sized yellow squash, sliced or cubed and rolled in flour.
1/4 sausage
1/4 diced onion
3 Tblsp flour
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese.

preheat oven to 400.

put your floured squash in a greased casserole dish.

now start by making a basic Southern Cream Gravy... fry the sausage in a pan, cutting it up with your spatula as it cooks to  crumble it. When it's about half browned, add the onions, and cook, stirring constantly, until they're translucent. 

Still stirring, (DON'T STOP STIRRING!) sprinkle in the 3 Tblsps flour as soon as it's incorporated into the grease, pour in the milk.  Keep stirring so it doesn't go lumpy.  As soon as it starts boiling, it will thicken,

Quickly mix in the cheese, and pour over the squash.  Then place in oven for 30 minutes.

Easy enough, provided you're an experienced gravy maker.

Almost any vegetable can be used instead of squash, but the starchier ones seem to work best.  I've tried sliced onions, about any kind of canned beans, provided they've been drained and rinsed, and a friend of mine with a weird sense of humor, tried frozen tater tots, and they all came out ok. 

Mix in some green chilli, diced ham or chicken, or about anything you think will season it up.

Southern Cream Gravy is usually confronted smothering biscuits, chicken fried steak or mashed potatoes, but it's really just a variation of the classic white sauce.  If you want to use white sauce instead, make it with 3 tblsps butter instead of the sausage drippings, and you can use chicken stock instead of the milk.

Now, most of us will just buy one of those bags of shredded cheese, but you can use any cheese you have or want... I once used some forgotten brie that had begun to  dehydrate in the back of the fridge and put it on butter beans.  Fantastic,

Anyway, be creative,  and have fun! 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Goth Bob took a week off. The giant pumpkins developed root rot, which is a big problem here this time of year. One sprout is still fine. The others gone, except for 1 green stalk... since the stem of squash and pumpkins will throw roots down where ever they touch the ground, I'm going to try to reroot the stalk and see what happens.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Doing the chores

I was going to plant some of my cuttings, and Little Goth Bob offered to help, so he harnessed up his trusty turtle and started to haul the cuttings for me...

They should get to the flower bed in a week or two...

Friday, May 17, 2013

And the heat begins...

Hit 90 today, so summer is starting. Got our first afternoon wilt, where the plants get droopy in the heat. Your first instinct is to water, but that is a mistake. As soon as the sun sets, or even a shadow shelters the plants, they recover. These wilts are necessary to prompt the plant to develop strong roots, if you water they don't bother and may even rot. If they're gonna survive 100+ later, we gotta tough em up.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Big storms...

Got a little hairy around here last night... tornado touched down a little south of us, and further south west, there were actually fatalities. We had a lot of thunder and wind, but that's the worst of it.

Spent most of the day cleaning up after it.

Monday, May 13, 2013

I should never have allowed Little Goth Bob to watch Avatar a few weeks ago... ever since he saw that movie, he's been trying to get this goose to fly him around...

I'd put a stop to it... but there are enormous commercial possibilities if he should succeed...

Today, I'll be starting with rose cuttings.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Yellow roses.

The lady of the house has received this wonderful arrangement...

We have decided to try to make cuttings and grow rose bushes. Also the crysanthemums, and hypericum ( coffee bean stems, which aren't coffee or beans, but that's what they're called) Ive seen it done, and I know it can work, so wish me luck...

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

E . Misouriensis blooming...

The cemetary cactus, which I've written about rather extensively in the past, and graces the header of my blog, has honored more with a bloom today. Many more coming, and rhe bright red berries from last years fruit make the plant look good too!

Monday, May 06, 2013

Little Gothic Bob gets artistic...

Bob spent the day spiffing up things around the yard, so the garden would look acceptable this summer. here he is on a painting project...

And here ids the finished project...

I must say, for a goth, he had a vibrant sense of color....

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Giant pumpkin update...

Since the last post re: pumpkins was a week ago... here's an update... might as well track the things...

General info: of 6 seeds planted, 4 sprouted. They were planted in the ashes of an old burn pile, so the soil is particularly rich. Since water will be an issue, mulch is a must... we're using compost mulch, which means grass clippings, bolted lettuce plants, spent flower heads, etc. Not a pretty mulch, but free, practical, and it will decompose and further feed the soil. There's an old clay flower pot acting as an ulla... basically you fill it with water and it gradually soaks into the soil to water plants. Less wasteful than spraying around with a hose.

They're growing quick...

Saturday, May 04, 2013


Baby bunnies....

Thursday, May 02, 2013


The weather here is annoying as all get out this year. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... 80's, just like normal, and then... I wake up today to the 40's. With a chance of frost tonight. That's right, over a month after our average last frost, I'm sitting here drinking got chocolate.

I blame global warming. And George Bush. And rap music. And Martians.