Friday, July 8, 2011

My husband hates Zucchini.

Many years ago, when my husband was raising hogs for a living, next to the hog farm he grew a large vegetable garden. We had a smaller one at home, but he enjoyed tending this other garden himself, and particularly enjoyed the cherry tomatoes. He would pick a gallon-full in the cool of the morning, put them in the shade and enjoy eating them throughout the day.

Another thing he grew was winter squash and also some pie pumpkins. When it came time for us to harvest the squash and pumpkins, we took our International Scout (kind of an early SUV,) took the back seat out of it and filled it up to the windows with pumpkins and squash. We took them home and found places to store them. There were a LOT of butternut squash.

I subsequently began incorporating the squash into our meals. After about the 3rd day, he told me, "You know... I don't really like squash." :-0

One of my favorite things about having a garden is the wonderful, prolific, delicious zucchini squash that thrives here in Indiana. My favorite way to prepare it is to slice and saute it with sliced onions in butter.

Two days ago, I served that at supper. He told me.... ta dah! "I don't really like zucchini." :-0

To his credit, he will eat it when I prepare it. We've been married 40 years and he never mentioned it before.

Today there was more zucchini, but I made up a new recipe that he DOES like that contains it. Here it is:

Camouflaged Zucchini

2 small zucchini squash
some chopped green onions
1 T ghee (more on that in a future post)
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
salt and pepper

Chop the onions and saute them in the ghee (or butter) in a cast iron skillet for 2 minutes.

Add the sausage and diced jalapenos, and chop it up and cook the sausage well.

Add the sliced zucchini and, stirring often, saute at low temperature until the zucchini is tender.

Salt and pepper to taste.

I served it over rice. Very nice. And he liked it! :-0


  1. That's incredible that he told you his unlike until two days ago. I am curious what makes him decide to tell you the truth after 40 years. According to you new recipe, it seems that he likes spicy meal very much. :)

  2. Yiyun, I think that in all those 40 years, he just didn't eat very much of it, but didn't say anything... maybe because of the children? But now all the children are grown and out of our home and he is retired. He's been a little more outspoken about his likes and dislikes lately. Yes, he does like a spicy meal!

  3. This remeinds me of a story my family tells about my grandpa. Aparently he didnt like spaghetti but ate it for years and years, probably because they were poor and because he didnt want the kids to take after him. Finally he said to grandma, I just really dont like spaghetti. Grandma never served it to him again. She said if he could eat it all those years and never complain he sure wasnt going to have to eat it ever again. Sounds like your husband. Oh the memories.

  4. Now, THAT man was a keeper! What a sweet story. Thanks for sharing!


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