the biggest dog of all


I made Calabacitas for dinner the other night, and was stunned that I had never made it before.  It is super easy, super delicious, and perfect for this time of year.  I did a simplified version of a recipe from Jessica Prentice’s book Full Moon Feast (available soon at Wheatberry).

2 Tbsp olive oil or butter

2 onions or leeks, diced (I didn’t have these – so I can testify that it’s just fine without)

5 medium summer squash, sliced in rounds

3 ears corn, kernels cut off the cob

2 medium heirloom tomatoes

Heat oil or butter in a heavy-bottomed (I use cast iron) pan.  Saute onions/leeks until translucent.  Add squash, saute lightly, add tomatoes and corn.  Saute just until all the veggies are warmed through, about five minutes.

And there you have it!  Delicious with cornbread.

Back at the farm . . . have I mentioned how our dog, Ghandi, is in love with Cole the horse?  It’s pretty hilarious.  He seems to think, “Wow, you’re the biggest dog I’ve ever seen!  I want to be just like you.”  Here he is, standing still in perfect imitation of Cole as Cole gets hitched to a log.


Unfortunately, Ghandi’s attempts to become one with Cole include regularly rolling in his manure.  Which is better than our younger dog, Zasha, who yesterday decided to skip rolling in it and go straight for eating some manure.  Which she promptly threw up on my kitchen floor, and went outside for more.  Why, I ask you.

In the garden, the squash plants we so carefully planted did not like our cool wet June at all, but luckily these giants emerged from our compost pile, and are now taking over everything in their path.

squashHope to see you at the NOFA conference this weekend!  In less good news, apparently the tomato and potato blight are so bad now that they’ve called an emergency meeting on Sunday morning as part of the conference.  More here.

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