Recipes and Stories

23 October 2017: Mama’s Stuffed Zucchini

October 23, 2017

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Classic American Cooking, Italian Cooking, Zucchini, Stuffed Zucchini, Stuffed Vegetables

Mama's Baked Stuffed Zucchini
My mother has capably filled many roles in her life—singer, teacher, administrator, pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, but she’s never more herself than when she’s in her garden.

Even from hundreds of miles away, I can see her puttering in that garden as clearly as if I was standing at her kitchen window looking out at it. From early spring until well after the first frost, in the morning and again at dusk, she’d be out there, her face shaded by a big straw hat, her shoes and trousers stained with red clay dust, watering young seedlings, talking to the pest-eating critters who forage among the plants, inspecting the cucumbers, okra, squash, and tomatoes for fruit that has gone from green nub to ready-to-harvest literally overnight. (more…)