Squishy Squash: Spreadable Summer

Decades before Farm-to-Table was a nationwide THING, Madison’s L’Etoile (est. 1976), was championing small, local growers, constructing seasonal menus, and pushing vegetable-centric cooking beyond lentil cakes and baba ghanoush. A summer-squash compendium on the kitchn last week reminded me of a meal I’d had at L’Etoile close to 30 years ago—a meal that kicked off with a warm loaf of crusty bread and…

Squashapalooza Day VI: Zucchini-corn fritters

Squash remaining:  2. Days remaining:  2. That’s right, I took a day off. Squash-free Friday. It may just catch on. Back at it Saturday night, though, when we found a half-hour gap in the rain to grill out some burgers for dinner. Must. Have. Zucchini. The grill was the obvious choice, but I’ve made or…

Squashapalooza Day IV: Zucchini to relish

Squash remaining:  4. Days remaining:  4. Thursday’s my day off. Well, it’s my day off from my paying job. In the summer, it’s my best shot to take care of the two tasks that seem to be on an endless loop: tend the garden and put up produce. Sadly, crazy heat and sudden thunderstorms seem…