Friday, August 21, 2009

New Wonderful Recipe

Do you need another zuchinni recipe to get you through your pile of summer squash? Here is one that we found in a hiking magazine and tried last week with great success.
Here is what you need:
1 1/3 cup half-and-half (goat milk works great)
4 tbsp. butter
1 lb. cheese tortellini
1 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 cups zuchinni, julienned
pepper
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel

Allow half-and-half and butter to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Cut your zuchinni while you bring a large pot of water to boil.

(yes, that is my child using a knife and yes, I have a social work degree)

Once the water is rolling, add zuchinni and boil for about 3 minutes. It is now time to add your tortellini right in with the zuchinni. I bought a frozen bag of it at Fareway for $3.50. The instructions on the bag said to put into boiling water and then simmer for 3 minutes--do not boil.
When tortellini floats it is done.

While cooking, make sure to grate your cheese and lemon.


Drain the tortellini/zuchinni. Toss with half-and-half, butter, cheese, and lemon until well coated.

I turned my burner back on a bit in order to get the cheese melty. Sprinkle with pepper and serve. This recipe made us a satisfying supper and left-overs for lunch the next day.



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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Metamorphasis

I was so excited to see a monarch caterpillar outside on our house. I intended to capture it in a jar so, perhaps, it might make a chrysallis and we could be the anxious viewers. Well, I forgot about catching it...
BUT...the next day I discovered that it had made a chrysallis right on our siding [insert picture I should have taken here].
Julianna and I got a jar and made a home inside by picking out some greens and a nice stick for the chrysallis. I carefully scraped the silk from the siding, carefully hot-glued to the sack to our stick, carefully put the stick in our jar and we started to carefully watch it.
This was a few days ago. This morning as I walked past the jar I saw this:
The chrysallis had turned black!! My fears were put to ease as I learned that this means the butterfly is fully developed and will be emerging very soon.
We waited and watched and during lunch this beautiful creature unfolded its wings.
How AMAZING!!
We put a cap of sugar water in the jar and will keep it to watch until tomorrow when it will FLY AWAY!