Even though I grew up in New Mexico, I did not know about Calabacitas until I had it recently with breakfast. Turns out it is a traditional New Mexico side dish. It means squash in Spanish and there are tons of ways to make it but zucchini and/or summer squash are the stars. This version includes cheese which you could leave out to make it a bit more low-calorie. I love the cheese though.
This year the tomatoes came on late. I had two plants, one heirloom yellow cherry tomato and the other, sweet 100’s. I planted them in leftover molasses barrels for the cows Just shoot a few holes in the bottom and fill ’em with a mix of ranch sandy loam and horse manure. Out here on the ranch they went crazy the whole month of September. Most of them never made it into the house. Nothing like just picked, vine ripened tomatoes warmed by the sun.
Fall is here. We have already had our first hard freeze. As I write this sitting on the front porch, flocks of snow geese fly overhead. The mule deer are making their surprise appearances all over the ranch. We have started stacking wood for the cold nights that are not far off. And I am having a running battle with the wood peckers that think the eaves of the house will make a swell winter refuge.
Just as with antique cast iron pans, I find vintage refrigerator dishes to be far superior to their modern plastic or glass counterparts. My mom has the set of new glass pyrex dishes with plastic lids and while it is handy that they are microwave safe, I still prefer my vintage ones with the glass lids. So much easier than, wrestling off those plastic lids! And, come on, aren’t these much prettier?
We lived in Germany for a little over 3 years. It was a dream come true for me and I still miss our little German Village. It was tiny. So tiny, it did not even have a bakery. Most Germans make a stop by the bakery every couple of days for fresh bread. We had a bread truck come through on Tuesdays and everybody went out when they heard the horn to get their fresh loaf. The truck had a big door that opened the whole side of the truck. It opened up into this wonderful little mobile bakery. All sorts of beautiful loaves in different shapes and sizes.
It’s been a long time since I entered a photo contest – High School I think, but this one sponsored by Cutting Board.com and John Boos & Co is a perfect fit. I have learned a great deal about food photography since starting FlosKitchen.blog about 5 months ago. I love every aspect of it. The cooking, photography, writing and the technical challenge. It is my hope among other things, this blog will lead to some food photography work. This contest is a good start because one of the prizes is a photography contract. I would be ever so grateful for your support. Click here to cast your vote.