The Squash that Never Grew Up

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyLast year, we didn’t plant any squash plants in our vegetable garden. The mean ol’ squash bug infestation of 2012 meant no zucchini, butternut, yellow squashes in 2013. None. What’s a veggie garden without squash?

No fun, I tell ya.

This year, to make up for the holes in the garden, we’re making up for it by staying young. Never gonna grow up.

It’s a “Peter Pan” squash! The best name ever!

I have absolutely no idea why it’s called that, but it’s cute.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyEvidently there is no wrong way to cut up one of the these, so I cut off all the yellow peel. Then I cut out the seeds, diced the rest, and put it in a glass casserole dish.

The recipe I used called for:

  • A little olive oil
  • A couple of tablespoons of honey
  • A tiny bit of grated ginger
  • A pinch of salt

I popped the dish in the oven to roast until caramelized. That was the plan, I took it out too soon to truly caramelize, but it was still delicious!

As you can see, I’ve been busy with things other than blogging: editing, planning summer activities, dealing with work deadlines (gotta pay the bills), and gardening.

What have you been up to? How is the summer treating  you so far? If you garden, what’s the strangest thing you’ve planted?

I love hearing from you!

9 comments on… “The Squash that Never Grew Up”

  1. Aww, that is a cute squash! I cook often with zucchini, but for some reason, even though they’re part of the same family (I think?), I almost never use squash. I’m trying to shake it up a little now, though. 😉 Your gardening posts always inspire me to try to start my own. We live in an apartment, but I can at least grow some veggies on our patio.

    Happy summer!

    • Diana Beebe

      It’s fun to try new things in the kitchen. 🙂 You should get some potted patio veggies! I found a patio eggplant with verigated purple veggies, but there are other easy to-keep-alive plants, too.

      Come on! *nudge nudge* You know you want to!

  2. I love getting new recipes for squash. It’s so easy to grow but I find I keep using the same ‘ole recipes for it. This one sounds easy and yummy.
    As for summer plans…The summer is already going by so quickly, my son comes home this week for his best friends wedding. I have ‘book’ stuff going on in July and sometime in August I’m out of the country.

    • Diana Beebe

      I agree with you about the squash recipes! I always fall back to the same boring ways of cooking it. Something new is refreshing.

      Sounds like you are going to have a lovely summer! I can’t wait to hear more about all your plans. 🙂

  3. Cutie-patootie squash! Summer is just arriving and strawberry season has begun. I’m container-farming my little heart out, and all is going well so far. The oddest thing I’m growing this year is a white cherry tomato and a lemon cucumber. I’ll let you know! Cheers.

    • Diana Beebe

      I’ve never had luck growing strawberries. The white cherry tomato will be interesting to see. I expect pictures on your blog! Too bad you can’t share the way those lemon cucumbers taste! 😉

  4. Okay, that is a cute squash! Since I tend to kill artificial plants, I’ve never had anything strange come up in my garden. (Nothing ever comes up in my garden!) My daughter, however, once planted some daylily bulbs in this little plot of earth outside her apartment, and a couple of weeks later she noticed a vine had sprouted. Being my daughter, she isn’t too familiar with the way things look when they’re growing, but she did know that daylilies don’t grow on vines. She and her husband were curious, so they let it grow. Several months later they had some type of gourd-type squash like the ones stores sell in the fall for decorating. And the daylilies? They never came up!

    • Diana Beebe

      That’s so sad about the daylilies! I hope they got something from the stowaway gourd, at least. I’m sorry you kill even the artificial plants. 🙁

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