Summer Squash Salad — What to do with Zucchini

One of the most delicious (and flexible!) ways to use summer squash, is to give it a shave.  Taking your vegetable peeler to a zucchini or a yellow squash (yes, it’s gotta be sharp) turns it into beautiful, edible ribbons.  Add a nice dressing and  it’s a salad to behold. And because zucchini has a low-key personality, it gets along very well with many ingredient combinations.  You can find all sorts of combinations of ingredients for this salad if you google “zucchini ribbon salad.” There is a vegetarian food blog I love called “Cookie and Kate.”  She’s a good cook, loves whole food and knows what to do with it. Her recipe for a simple summer squash salad, with a light and refreshing dressing follows below.  Kate got the recipe from someone else and adapted it, which she acknowledges below as well.  And then I adapted it again to suit my tastes. Here is her website.   http://cookieandkate.com/

Summer Squash Salad with Lemon Dressing

Serves: 4Zucchini Ribbons

Ingredients

Salad
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts. You can substitute another nut of your choice, such as almonds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Toasting brings out the flavor.
  • 2 pounds mixed small, young zucchini and yellow squash, preferably organic, locally grown — sure to have the best flavor and freshness.
  • Sea salt and cracked pepper — I’m nuts about Tellicherry Black Peppercorns from Penzeys.
  • 1/2 to 1 cup quality feta  cheese, crumbled, optional.  I have used goat cheeses at the very end of the prep, and they work well if added last.   Other recipes suggest Manchego.   You can also completely omit the cheese idea and add capers or olives instead.
Lemon Dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, preferably organic and unwaxed.  Use a microplane or good sharp small grater to make the zest.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste.
  • 1 large garlic clove, pressed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon mixed fresh herbs, rough chopped or torn — such as thyme, fresh mint (or tarragon), and flat-leaf (Italian) parsley.  Feel free to change up the herbs according to what you like and what you have.
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Use your best sharp vegetable peeler to shave the squashes into paper-thin ribbons, starting on one side and making quarter turns until you reach the seedy core, if you don’t like the seeds.   If you don’t mind the seeds, use them, too.  It’s your call.  Spread the ribbons on a cutting board, sprinkle liberally with salt, and let them sit for 20 minutes.
  2. In a small skillet over medium-low heat, toast the nuts until they are turning golden and fragrant, stirring frequently.
  3. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest and juice, garlic, thyme, mint and parsley. While whisking, drizzle in the olive oil until the dressing is well blended. Set aside.
  4. Rinse the squash and gently pat dry with a clean tea towel or paper towels. Place in a serving bowl.  The ribbons can be refrigerated and used later in the day.
  5. Right before serving, whisk the dressing one last time. Toss the squash with the feta, pine nuts and dressing. Best when served immediately.  To me, this salad as a leftover loses something.
 

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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