A fun hangover + gathering recovery everyday parmesan-fried summer squash

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Maybe 7 inches of rain in 4 days isn’t such a bad thing. No gardening, mowing, weed-whacking, laundry-hanging or long walks in the woods to distract from getting the house back in order after two and a half weeks of bursting-at-the seams family, friends, food and wedding festivities.

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First, all three of our kids plus husband came to visit from their far-flung homes. Plus 14 other friends and family. Annie and Gianluca taught a huge rustic campfire polenta class whose photos I cannot find at the moment … and trout fishing and grilling and feasting and toasting and toasting and more toasting …

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And our annual pie contest with 78 pies entered this year (more to come) …

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Photo by Wes Erbsen

And then, there was my Niece’s wonderful wedding …

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And 4th of July birthday celebrating (it’s my birthday, too.) PS this gluten-free rhubarb yogurt ice cream not-cake with a date, coconut and sunflower seed crust was killer.

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And now, everybody’s gone back to their lives and it’s just us two chickens. And we’re left with so many sweet memories plus 7 beds of sheets to line-dry if the sun ever comes out. But the good news is that my garden is about to be bursting with squash and I can eat my favorite lunch of the year. Every single day of squash season I eat this for lunch (and sometimes dinner) and when my squash abandon me, I have a year to recover. It’s best if you make only one batch at a time and then eat it all yourself. OK, you can share it with one other, but it’s the perfect gathering-recovery food.

Yellow straight neck squash are best, in my opinion. I like yellow prolific, but crookneck or Zephyr will do.

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You will need one squash and some really good parmesan cheese. Cut your squash into quarter inch or so rounds. Heat up a frying pan on medium and add about a teaspoon of butter (or less).

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Put your squash in the hot pan and cook quickly until undersides are brown. Then flip.

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Add a very thin slice of parmesan and some fresh ground pepper to the browned side of the squash and in about a minute, flip the squash cheese side down.

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You can turn off the skillet after you flip if your pan is good and hot and wait a minute, then your squash won’t stick when you turn them over.

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Crunchy on the outside and al dente/hot and steamy on the inside. Now steal away and go sit on a step outside all by yourself and eat this while it’s hot!

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One Response to A fun hangover + gathering recovery everyday parmesan-fried summer squash

  1. Dana July 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    My squash are ripe too. Now I know whatwe’re having for lunch tomorrow!

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