Lock your cars in late August or beware…

As the zucchini grows

As the zucchini grows

Sometimes I love this twilight hour of a late November afternoon.  Darkness approaches; the gray overcast sky nestles among the bones of tree branches.  Dinner beckons in the mind’s recesses:  what shall we have?

Tonight it’s zucchini fritters laced with shredded carrot from Chuck’s garden up in Chassell.  A vegan version insists upon flax seed whizzed in the coffee grinder into fine powder.  One adds it to cornmeal, flour, green onions, red onions, a splash of rice milk.  Oh yes, sea salt and baking powder.  Fry until crispy, four minutes per side.

We froze the zucchini last August.  We planted the inconspicuous seeds in a different section of the garden and they grew voraciously.  Barry brought huge zucchini bats to the vegetable stand where he pocketed fifty cents per bat.  The stand owner sold them for $1.00.  Certain customers begged for boat-sized zucchini.  They wanted to stuff them with sausage and onions and gorge on the late-summer boats.

We do not like the boats.  We like grilling the cut-up morsels marinated with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  We add fat mushrooms and tiny white onions to the mix, maybe with red pepper.

Fawns growing up

Fawns growing up.  They did not eat our zucchini. Photo yesterday out kitchen window just before dusk.

But here I am back in August and September when the skies shimmered blue overhead and November’s gray pall seemed a far-away memory.  We shredded at least eight or ten packets of zucchini for late autumn or winter evenings like these.

You may wonder if we’ll get to eat if I continue yammering on about zucchini.  That’s a good question.  But I am enjoying blogging so much (since yesterday) that who cares if we eat the fritters at 6:30? Barry’s out in the garage, anyway, working on my Christmas present.

What? you ask.  Do you know what your Christmas present is?  How…interesting.

Yes.  I know.  And since he’s writing a post about it in our local newspaper this week, it’s definitely not a secret.

I asked for a romantic generator.

Yes, dear reader, you did not err in reading that last sentence.  I want a generator to utilize during power outages.  A monster creature which miraculously produces electricity when a tree knocks down an innocent power line.

Fortunately for said husband, we already have a generator!

Before dusk

Before dusk

It just needs to be nudged back to ship-shape with spark plugs, carburetor care, mechanical fuss.  Then we need to hire an electrician to wire it into the house. Then, safe and sound, he will pull the diesel engine cord and wa-la!–our frozen zucchini shall not melt.  Our freezer garden produce shall remain rock solid.

And we shall eat the frozen wonders another gray night this winter.  He’ll say, “Hey, these fritters aren’t too bad” and I’ll nod and we’ll remember the giant zucchini gleaming in the late August sunset.

You know what people say about zucchini here in our neck of the woods?  They warn people to lock their cars during zucchini season.  You never know when a “friend” will decide to share her bounty with you.

I’m warning you now.  Don’t come visiting during harvest season or you’ll return home with a carload!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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27 Responses to Lock your cars in late August or beware…

  1. dawnkinster says:

    Ahhhh..you will LOVE have a generator wired to the house! I feel so much better now that we have one. I used to lose a freezer full of harvest work almost every year. Now I feel lots better when I put stuff in the freezer, knowing we have a good chance of actually getting to eat it!

    Happy Birthday in advance!

    PS: Those zucchini fritters sound good. I make carrot fritters that sound a lot like this, with green onions and onion and cornmeal. Probably flour too, I should go look it up.

    • Kathy says:

      So glad to hear you have a generator, Dawn! We just finished dinner with those fritters and frozen broccoli. Yum. I do remember that you’re eating more vegan-like food these days. Hope you’re enjoying!

  2. sybil says:

    Feel free to leave zucchini in my car any time. My crop this year was so disappointing …

    A generator — how romantic. lol

    • Kathy says:

      Sybil, I knew this would be the most romantic gift I could suggest! lol! As for those, zucchini, head on down south and west…if our garden continues to produce.

  3. I enjoyed zucchini and yellow summer squash from the garden this year, but never got enough to freeze. For some reason, none of the second or third blossoms produced squash. It makes me worried about the health of pollinators. I put up lots of tomatoes, though, and still have a couple butternut squash in the crisper. Enjoy your fritters – they sound delicious!

  4. Carol says:

    There were a couple years when I was gardening that I think my neighbors locked doors and hid behind curtains when they saw me approach, bags in hand.

  5. Kathy says:

    Ha ha, Carol! We’re Evil, those of us with Zucchini to give away…

  6. Elisa says:

    I got an old Moosewood Restaurant cookbook out from the library and I am cooking Cabbage and Noodles, it smells good…fritters frighten me, they are probably more simple than pancakes and those used to frighten me too lol

    • Kathy says:

      The Moosewood Restaurant Cookbook! My goodness I loved that. Actually fritters are not much more challenging than pancakes, I promise. Give ’em a try. Let that fright dissolve! (P.S. I am answering comments…already…)

  7. Kathy my dear lady, do not worry about commenting to my comment. I do not want you to burn out. I am thinking of a generator too. I have a freezer full of figs and persimmons and blueberries. I would just about croak if I had no electricity for several days. It does happen here in the spring when trees collide with the power lines. The zucchini fritters sound so good. I grew yellow zucchini this summer and it is wonderful. I like it better than the green. I only had two plants but I was able to give a few away. I ate squash for supper just about every day. I also grew butternut and it put on a nice crop.

    How wonderful to see deer from your window. Your house in the woods is like a little bit of heaven. Hope you continue to get some pics for us to see.

    • Kathy says:

      Yvonne, we’ll have to compare generator notes if we both ever get them up & going. I have hardly ever eaten figs and persimmons, let alone froze them. They sound intriguing. (Have decided that I will reply to comments when I feel like it. Which is happening now. grin.)

  8. Barb says:

    Cathy, I love that dusky tree photo. Are they aspens or birch? (You don’t have to answer…I think maybe birch up there.) Bob and I have been eating plant based for over a year (although we sometimes cheat with fish). Tonight we’re having a big raw salad with beans and my veggie soup. I still cook meat when family comes – I just don’t eat any.

    • Kathy says:

      I am actually–go figure–enjoying responding to comments. Those particular trees are aspen. Glad to hear of your plant-based diet and hope you received my email the other day. Wasn’t sure if it was sent to the proper address.

  9. jeffstroud says:

    Great story! So good to see you writing/blogging! I haven’t had a zucchini in ages, truthfully they were either too expensive or didn’t look very nice.

  10. john K says:

    You are as good as you ever were, you aren’t missing a beat. Elvis may not be working in Burger King, Jim Croce is gone forever, Harry Chapin won’t be crooning about 30,000 Lbs. of Bananas, but Kathy Drue’s voice is singing sweetly as ever and her fans are overjoyed. (Please email the fritter recipe some afternoon when your muse has stepped out for coffee.)

    • Kathy says:

      John K, you made me laugh out loud at 5:30 this morning when reading your comment! How hysterical! (We used to listen to that 30,000 pounds of bananas song years ago.) Thank you so much for being so sweet and supportive all these years.

  11. Brenda says:

    Oh how I miss my gardening days! Your recipes sound delicious. I used to love grilled zucchini slices in the summertime. 🙂 ❤

    • Kathy says:

      I’ll bet you had a lovely garden, Brenda, and I can imagine how much you miss it. Mmmm….grilled zucchini slices…better than fritters, for sure!

  12. debyemm says:

    They are prolific. We survived the lean early years of our marriage on my MILs Zucchini Bread. At the time we were thankful to have it. We grew some this year but they really didn’t take off like they usually do – thankfully.

    • Kathy says:

      Chuckling at your word “thankfully”. We want our zucchini to grow to satisfy our menus, but not TOO much. Thinking of zucchini bread now, and the many years we ate that, too. These days we’re not overly fond of sweets so try to make zucchini in savory dishes.

  13. Welcome back Kathy! You zucchini bats had me in stitches!

    I am regretting not freezing zucchini this year. After it was all gone (alas), we started a year long local eating project (as in no sugar, no coconut milk, no chocolate). Zucchini sure sounds good now 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Inger, what a fascinating experiment you’re conducting! I know others who have done this. Are you drinking coffee? That might be one non-local product that would make this challenging. Bet you are counting the months until those zucchini bats grow…

  14. Debbie M. says:

    I have a friend who will ask if I would like a zucchini. I am very specific with my answer: “One zucchini.” Inevitably, my friend will show up with two because, “They had to come together!”

    • Kathy says:

      Debbie, I always sigh when people say things like, “Sure I’d like a zucchini. One zucchini. One SMALL zucchini.” You just want to give them ten. 🙂

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