The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Friday, June 15, 2007

Puppies and Kittens

How many of you are growing squash in your gardens? By now, assuming you are able to water the plants, you may be getting squash daily, and running out of ways to cook it. Here’s one of my recipes, called squash puppies. Where it calls for yellow squash, I mix squash and zucchini (2 to 1) when I have zucchini.

Squash Puppies

Makes about 20, takes about 10 minutes to prepare, 15 to fry them all

¾ cup self rising corn meal
¼ cup all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground red pepper (or a tad more)

6 medium squash cooked and mashed
½ cup buttermilk
1 small onion, minced
1 large egg


Combine first 5 ingredients, set aside. Stir together mashed squash and next three ingredients. Add to dry mixture and blend. Heat ½ inch of oil in skillet to 350 degrees (who measures?) and drop by tablespoonfuls in to oil. Fry about 3 minutes on each side, till browned. Drain and salt.
Let me know how you like them.

I rarely fry food anymore, but had a request to do something “different” with some of the squash (for a change). Even the 17 yo said even though he hates squash and zucchini, he really likes the puppies.

Since I’m posting a recipe and people still talk about the chocolate chip cookie recipe I posted months ago, here it is, for those who missed it. The recipe is here

I’ve not been able to discuss the Sopranos ending with my daughter because she had not watched it until last night, but I had been giving her little teases about it. The wait was worth it to hear her scream in frustration at the ending. Priceless.

It has finally begun. Here is what the "deck to be" space looks like now. When it is finished, there will be a celebration. Who’s in?

A neighbor has these two little kittens that need a home. Please help us find them a home, surely you or someone you know needs a kitten.


Anonymous said...

Oh hell, and I thought we'd have a couple of good recipes for puppies and kittens ;-)

Squash. I made the mistake of planting it a few years ago and ended up with thousands (ok, maybe not thousands) of fruits. I don't even like squash. I planted it under the corn to keep down the weeds, but I think watermelons work better and I do like watermelons.

Glenn and I have had 27 cats over the last 29 years. With the exception of the first two, they've all been dumps or unclaimed strays sometimes kittens, sometimes adults, and yet have proven to be marvelous companions with diverse personalities.

The supercat of all time, the one who follows me in miles of hiking, is Gene, of course, rescued by our vet of as many years, Mark Mosher of South Athens Animal Clinic and presented to us as a fait accompli - the owners of Kittie Heaven (his name, not ours).

Anonymous said...

"When it is finished, there will be a celebration. Who’s in?"
i wouldnt miss it for the world
..we have cats around tho they arent really ours....we also have squash

Anonymous said...

Those two cuties look like the baby version of our cats. Wish we could take them, but two cats and three dogs are the limit. At least if I want my husband to stick around. :)

Anonymous said...

Dang, Joe! Those recipes sound absolutely mouth-watering and I'm in the middle of the Atkins diet induction phase!

No carbs for me, but a man can dream....