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Growing up in the Butcher Shop : National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch day

Ciao Amici, 

     August 8th is “National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.” Due to over zealous planting of zucchini, citizens are asked to drop off baskets of the squash onto neighbors’ doorsteps. Back in the day Grandmom’s garden was also full of the summer squash and it was the perfect time to share her bounty with her friends and  neighbors [whether they liked it or not]. By the time August arrived, Grandmom was reaping far more zucchini than we could possibly use. They used it daily in an untold number of recipes, from zucchini spezzatta soup, parmigana, pancake fritters, with macaroni, Cacciatore and grilled with steak; the uses were endless. Grandpop would also get into the act and make his zucchini algo dolce which was like a sliced pickle with mint marinated in olive oil and red wine vinegar or make his steak sautéed with zucchini pizzaoli style. As we would meet new friends, Grandmom would demonstrate how to make the zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella. Still, the fruit was maturing on the vine faster than anyone can even pick it. Sometimes Grandmom would become anxious, as she would try to give zucchini away to family, friends and everyone she encountered. It got to be funny as even non-gardeners have had enough. Although they tried to avoid her; her arms laden with the giveaway fruit were impossible to refuse and they accepted.  So now the gardener is in desperate times so it calls for desperate measure. So on the 8th on August, it's time to sneak over, under the cover of darkness, to your neighbor’s porch and unload some zucchini. This may solve your problem for today. But, what will you do with the harvest tomorrow!?!

“Verdure sono un must a dieta. SUGGERISCO torta di carote, zucchine pane e torta di zucca."

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

~ Jim Davis

Con cordiali saluti, 

 Joe


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