Dutch Squash

Although the taxonomy of squash confuses me sometimes, I can still figure out which squash flourishes in my little area.

Recipe: Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad

Photo by Judith Hausman Garden-bounty dinners are my favorite. After two hot weeks and two rainstorms, the cukes have popped. We raided the vines last weekend, uncovering a few giant specimens lurking under the prickly leaves. Still, I was sure they could be salvaged. Overgrown¬†cucurbits require just a little more care unless they are hopelessly […]

Make It Work: Cooking with Under-Ripe Melons

Photo courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock If your garden produces¬†under-ripe watermelon, try your hand at a crisp and refreshing salad: Feta cheese, olives and mint or basil tossed with watermelon chunks. Melons are a challenge to grow around here. Their creeping vines cover lots of land in a suburban setting, and if the rain is wrong, they are […]