Accidental Garden Haul – “Some of these are the size of baseball bats”

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A reader submits this late entry from Chevy Chase, DC:

“After the tomatoes stopped producing I sort of forgot about my squash plants. Some of these are the size of baseball bats. I am open to suggestions about what to do with them.”

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  • Boil, salt, pepper, butter, done

  • Blithe

    – Wash the squash and chop it into bite sized pieces or crosswise into circles.
    – In a large pan, cook a few slices of bacon. Chop or crumble the cooked bacon and set it aside.
    – Use the bacon grease to cook chopped onions and garlic until the onions are transparent. Mix the squash in with the onions, add a bit of water, then cover and cook. When the squash pieces are tender, stir in the cooked bacon.
    – Optional add-ins could include tomatoes, chopped green peppers, zucchini squash, chopped green onions …..
    – For a vegetarian version use a bit of oil to saute the onions, and, if you want, add a veggie boullion cube for flavor.

  • Stuff and bake them. Make a stuffing of your choosing (I enjoy some crab meat mixed with some bread crumbs and garlic, but there are many options), slice the squash in half lengthwise, scrape the seeds and a little of the meat out (reserve the scraped-out meat to cook otherwise), and fill the cavity with the stuffing. If they really are the size of baseball bats, it’ll probably take an hour. About 10 minutes before they’re done, sprinkle them with some fresh grated cheese and let that melt and brown. I’ll be over for dinner at 6 on Friday…K? 😉


  • Whatever you do don’t expend a ton of effort or money. Squash that big are watery and don’t taste all that great. Summer squash and zucchini are best at about 6 inches.

  • A friend who had lived in Alaska for a few years told me that the only time people up there lock their car doors is mid/late September. The reason being is that if they don’t lock their doors, their “friends” will fill their car with squash/zucchini/eggplant/etc. So perhaps “gift” them to a neighbor you don’t like or a frienemy.


  • justinbc

    Squash pie is one of my favorite summer treats. I always have my mom bake a few extra, freeze them, and then pick them up when I go down for the holidays.

  • Squash floats and is an excellent base material for a toy boat. Carve them (removing no more than 40% of their mass) and set them loose in the Potomac.

  • Jack o lanterns?

  • The guys over at The Bitten Word had an interesting squash recipe recently:

  • I would grate a few (super easy using the grate tool on a food processor) and freeze in two cup portions. Then you can make zucchini cake, zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, zucchini breakfast cookies, etc. huge zucchini/squash isn’t great to eat sautĂ©ed, but delicious for cooking. You obvs don’t have to freeze if you’re going to use right away.


    For a more exotic option, this is what we did/will do with our straight neck squash.

  • Hello?
    It’s halloween time. Draw faces on them with sharpies and leave them on neighbors’ stoops as gifts. These are awesome!

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