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
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.

Zuchinni, zuchinni, zuchinni, zuchinni, zuchinni, zuchinni, zuchinni

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


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.
We put a cap of sugar water in the jar and will keep it to watch until tomorrow when it will FLY AWAY!