Friday, April 26, 2013

Country Vegetables

The weather has begun to warm here. Gardens have been put in and soon fresh vegetables will appear in kitchens. Until then, we have what is in the freezer.
 
The plate below shows our favorites. Purple hull peas with Aunt Lucy's squash relish, watermelon rind pickles, field corn, squash and cornbread. The peas, corn and squash are from my freezer. The cornbread is made from scratch, and I canned the watermelon pickles and squash relish.
 
 
Squash is a favorite at my home and this is how I prepare it. Your cardiologist may not approve.
 
Cook 3 or 4 pieces of bacon and drain off as much grease as possible. Add some olive oil, a couple of tablespoons should do it. You want the bacon flavor in the squash for seasoning, but not the fat. Those little brown bits have loads of flavor.
 
 
Add about 1/2 of a chopped onion to the pan and cook until the onion is almost translucent.
 
 
Thaw out 1 pint of crook neck squash and add to pan, including the juices. Turn the heat down and cook for about 25 minutes. The squash will be done when most of the water is gone and it begins to brown lightly on the bottom. Stir frequently toward the end to keep it from burning. This will burn quickly, so do not walk away from this.
 
 
Squash is part of most meals here in May and June. Fresh is of course best, but properly home preserved is perfectly acceptable.
 

 
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Now for the the best part, enjoy!!! This is the way we grew up eating. Simple, home preserved foods that were prepared with love. No matter what foods we may like, we seem to always want simple foods such as this.

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12 comments:

  1. You know all that sounds so good to me.

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    1. Yes, my friend, it would!!! Thank you for visiting!!!

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  2. Looks like you are quite the cook. Wish I was...it seems I don't have the patience for it. Just got back from Burger King :) I did have a salad...just not the same though :)

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    1. I do like to cook and admittedly there are times that a hamburger sounds good to me!! That salad gets you bonus points Sandy!! LOL!! Thanks for visiting!!!

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  3. That looks positively heavenly. Vegetables and homemade cornbread. I have never heard of canning watermelon!

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    1. The pickles are made from the watermelon rind. The rind will hold up to the processing. Guess that it was one of those ways to "use" everything. Thanks for visiting!!!

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  4. We would just love this meal with all these awesome veggies! Your post is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you had a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. These veggies look great. You have a cute blog. I am your newest follower and have nominated you for Liebster Blog Award. You can read more about it at http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-liebster-award.html#more
    Have a great day,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you Bev!! So very glad that you are following! Heading over to your blog for a visit! Thanks for visiting!!!

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  6. Oh yum, I love squash....yours looks and sounds delicious!!

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    1. Can't wait for the fresh ones!! They are the best!! Thank you Dolores and thanks for visiting!!!

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