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6 July 2021: Summer Squash

Chicken Cutlets with Summer Squash

 

Among the best things of all the wonderful summer produce that used to come from my mother's now dormant vegetable garden were delicate, sweet summer squash. It yielded our familiar Southern yellow crooknecks by the bushel, but also produced slim little green zucchini in equal quantity, because our whole family loved both.

 

They're what I miss most from her garden. We cooked them in all the usual ways and never tired of any of them:  Read More 

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30 June 2021: Summer Squash and Pasta

Thin Spaghetti with Yellow Summer Squash, Bacon, and Scallions

30 June 2021: Summer Squash and Pasta

 

Last week I was finally able to visit my parents, whom I had not seen since December of 2019. It was bittersweet: Finally seeing and actually touching them was undiluted joy; witnessing the toll that age and pandemic isolation have taken was heartbreaking. Hearing it in their voices on the telephone, and in regular reports from my brother, was one thing, but experiencing it in person was something else altogether.

 

One of the single saddest things of all was that my mother is no longer able to do the thing she loves best: garden. Her large vegetable garden plot is now indistinguishable from the rest of the yard. And there was not one single green vegetable to be found in that house.

 

Still, it was good to actually see them and, if only for a few days, take some of the burden off my brother, and do things Read More 

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