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Last night I had tomatoes and yellow squash which needed to eaten up, so I made:
"I love those quick and easy side dishes that take maybe 5 minutes to prep, and then all you do is pop it in the oven and forget about it.
I sliced up 3 good sized summer squash into half moons, and threw those into a baking dish along with 3 diced plum tomatoes, a couple cloves of chopped garlic, a handful of chopped parsley (if I would have had fresh thyme, that would have been my first choice), some olive oil and some balsamic vinegar (S&P too!). I tossed it all together and put it into a 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Halfway through, I took it out for a little stir and put it right back in.
This is a nice light summer dish, and you could easily substitute zucchini and basil instead of the yellow squash with parsley! "
I like these "absentee" dishes, as you can just walk away and do something else, (until the smoke alarm goes off, because you forgot about it!)
It was good, but it took longer than indicated in the oven, so I wished that I had done it in a pan kind of like the next recipe:
"When served with chicken fried steak, fried okra, and pecan pie, a side of stewed squash and tomatoes rounds out Oklahoma's official state meal. Use tiny yellow and green pattypan squash and fresh tomatoes for the best results.
This article was first published in Saveur in Issue #111
1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 lb. small green and yellow pattypan squash, cut into 1" wedges
11/2 tsp. kosher salt
3 medium tomatoes, cored and cut into eighths
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp. butter
8 leaves basil, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Heat olive oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add squash and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash begins to soften and brown, about 15 minutes.
2. Add 1 cup water, tomatoes, and garlic to the skillet; stir to combine. Cook until liquid has reduced by a half and the squash is cooked through, about 5 more minutes. Stir in butter and basil and season with pepper to taste." SERVES 4
This morning, I just took it easy. I knew Ray wouldn't be here as he had put his back out, and was walking around bent over like some 90 year old.
Apparently, Jay needed a longer tailpiece for the sink plumbing, so as I had to go to the next town anyway, we took off.
Just as I was starting to trust him today!