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…)

1 November 2014 Stuffed Zucchini in Autumn

November 1, 2014

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Autumnal Cooking, Zucchini, Stuffed Zucchini, Stuffed Vegetables

Mama's Stuffed Zucchini with Ham, photography by John Carrington
This All-Hallows Day blew into Savannah on wintry winds, bringing with it temperatures in the thirties that have put the final cap onto our lingering post-summer summer.

For those who live in more moderate climates, the Deep South’s summer, especially in our sub-tropical corner, always lingers past September and sometimes even October. That means that while other parts of the country have long since gathered the last of summer’s harvest and prepared the garden for winter, ours are often still producing tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and even eggplants. (more…)