I've grown 25 pounds of zucchini so far on only 2 plants - that's alot of food! The Italian Romanesco zucchini seed from Peaceful Valley Farms has proven to be a keeper.
Last year I lost a battle with powdery mildew on my yellow crookneck squash. So I went looking for a variety with some resistance. And it looks like I might have found it. Needless to say, I haven't kept all of the zucchinis for our tiny household of 2. Instead, I put the extras in a basket and place it at the end of our driveway. It always goes fast! I've also pickled zucchini and frozen bags of grated zucchini.
The picture at left shows the Italian Romanesco variety with a sidekick lemon cucumber.
I wish summer's bounty would last forever!
A Day of Grace
I checked out a cookbook from the public library a couple weeks ago - The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. Very simple recipes with few ingredients are my favorite and this book is full of them. I was enjoying the book so much that I decided to renew it for a few more weeks. But that was not to be, since someone else had placed a hold on it. So, I had to keep it 1 one more day past the due date in order to scan all of the recipes I had marked. I hate breaking rules, well actually I hate breaking good rules. And I deemed this to be a good one, since I know what it feels like to wait for a good book to become available. Anyway, when I returned the book the next day, I put a quarter on top of it and slide it to the librarian. "I believe I owe you a quarter," I said sheepishly. She proceeded to scan the book and typed something into the computer. Then, she slide the quarter back to me, smiled warmly, and said, "There is a day of grace." A day of grace. I smiled happily and bounced down the stairs toward my car. A day of grace. I wish you a day of grace today.