Thursday, September 29, 2011

Friday Potluck #53

Happy... OCTOBER?

How is this possible? Tis the season to be sure. Temperatures are cooler here, with the first snow showers forecast this weekend. I've been wearing flip flops BECAUSE of the weather, and suffered chilly little piglets as a result. I just know that opportunities are limited... between now and the arrival of warmer temperatures. So I'm being brave.

I always used to know what month it was based on what was selling in the stores, but since Halloween candy made its annual debut the first week of September this year, I'm suspicious that the seasonal aisle may *not* be the best indication. Just hazarding a guess here.

This past weekend was food preservation fest 2011. I actually wrote 2012... I don't actually know when I am.

From left to right: Sugar Pumpkin, Mini Blue Hubbard, Banana Squash,
Purple Finger Potatoes, and some kind of Spaghetti Squash.

I loaded up on squash this weekend. Did you guess? I still have the sugar pumpkin, just waiting to be made into cookies and pumpkin cheesecake cups... and actually, everything except the banana squash.

The banana squash really is as big as it looks. 23 pounds.

My friend Olivia offered her hands for scale. What do you do with 23 pounds of squash? You halve it, then you halve it again... and again! Then you add a tablespoon of butter to each eighth with a little salt and pepper, and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until soft. After cooling, you remove the skin, dice into 1-2" cubes and store in freezer bags. Between this monster, the two spaghetti squash (not pictured) that I cooked and the pound of garlic that I minced with olive oil and preserved, I used up about 1/4 of my available freezer space. I might have to get more squash next weekend too... I can't help it!

Anyway, what are your food preservation plans this fall?

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1. Light Tortilla Soup, R. Pepp. Quesadilla
2. Praline Cheesecake
3. Blue Cheese & Apple Salad
4. Sesame Pecan Chicken
5. Cornbread Recipe
6. Dill & Cheese Beer Bread
7. Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie
8. How to Make Italian Bread Crumbs
9. White Choco-cherry Cookies
10. Shrimp Almost Alfredo
11. Gluten Free Apple Crisp and Applesauce
12. Crock-Pot Stuffed Peppers
13. Cincinnati Sloppy Joes
14. Zombie Cupcakes Book
16. homemade applesauce
17. Video: Pecan Crusted Apple Crisp
18. Sea Salt Soiree Chocolate Souffle
19. Chicken Thighs & Fennel
20. Tasty Desserts
21. Crab Puffs
22. Pesto Salad
23. Pineapple Upside Down Cornmeal Cake
24. CrockPot Cheesecake w/ Cookie Crust
25. Pumpkin Pancakes
26. Applesauce Cinnamon Quick Bread
27. GF Chocolate Butterscotch Cupcakes
28. Caramel Apple Croissants
29. Run DMT
30. brazil nut pesto cream & heirloom tomato
31. Apple Pie in a Jar
32. End Of Season Soup
33. Dhemz
34. Flavored Agar / Jelly
35. Apple Crisp
36. Spinach and Beans
37. Grilled Chicken Salad
38. Japanese Apple Salad
39. Chipolte Sloppy Joes (Veg)
40. Buttery Bread Machine Rolls
41. pumpkin mousse
42. Pimento Cheese Spread
43. Losing Creek Farm - Fried Baked Potato
44. Smooth Bean Soup
45. Apple Crumble
46. Hamburger Soup
47. Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
48. Granola Bars - Crazy Awesome
49. White Bean Dip - peachkins
50. Pecan Pie Muffins
51. HOMESICK TEXAN ~ Pork Tacos & Cookbook
52. Apple Cake in the Crock Pot GF
53. The Well-Fed College Student: Stone Soup
54. Creamy Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip
55. Lemon Orzo Soup
56. Chicken Lo Mein with Peanut Sauce
57. Flatbread Pizza Margherita
58. Boiled Peanuts with Chinese Five Spice
59. Malkys Apple Kugel
60. Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes
61. Chocolate Cake Batter Cookies
62. Linguine with Parsley Sauce

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