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My First ‘Ronde de Nice’ Squash

July 15th, 2009

My first ‘Ronde de Nice’ squash was ready to harvest on Sunday!
I’ve had a few female flowers open before this one, but they weren’t pollinated fully so the fruits didn’t grow this big. This one I hand pollinated (I need Chicago Mike to send me some squash bees).
This squash weighed in at 9 ounces. I picked it small because it’s the perfect size for Mr Chiots and I to eat in one meal. I love squash fixed in so many ways: sauteed, steamed with olive oil and pepper, battered & fried, au gratin, in omelets, in lasagna, and many other ways. I have 4 squash plants so pretty soon we’ll be eating squash every day I think, and it will really help my garden harvest totals for the Garden Harvest Challenge!

What’s your favorite summer squash recipe?

15 Comments to “My First ‘Ronde de Nice’ Squash”
  1. kristin on July 15, 2009 at 8:20 am

    We have a Ronde de Nice plant too, and one squash is ALMOST big enough to pick. I like it grilled.
    .-= kristin´s last blog ..The Battle Rages On =-.

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    • Susy on July 15, 2009 at 8:23 am

      I like grilled veggies as well!

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  2. Daphne on July 15, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Well besides zucchini bread, which I adore, I make a Mexican dish with rice, beans, zucchini, tomatoes and some other things that escape me now. Curry is always nice too. I’m not the biggest fan of summer squash though I like it. I tend to put it into things as opposed to featuring it as the star.
    .-= Daphne´s last blog ..Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 2009 =-.

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  3. KitsapFG on July 15, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I really do not have too much trouble keeping up with my summer squash production. We really enjoy it and I never plant more than four plants. My favorite recipe for summer squash is Italian Vegetable Stir-Fry. Here’s a link to the recipe if you are interested.

    That is a particularly nice looking squash and the shape is fun to look at. I am having to resort to hand pollination again this year. The bees are just not working my garden at the critical times that I have squash plants blooming.

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    • Seren Dippity on July 15, 2009 at 12:18 pm

      What is in the Italian seasoning herb mix? Since I grow so many of my own herbs, I would rather use fresh if possible. But the recipe sounds tasty and easy.

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      • KitsapFG on July 15, 2009 at 11:43 pm

        The blend of dried herbs includes thyme, rosemary, oregano, and basil. I use fresh herbs when in season, but I also used home dried and a store bought (Costco) dried italian blend. Whichever way you go – it will be good!

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    • Susy on July 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

      MMM, I’m always ready to try to veggie recipes.

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  4. warren on July 15, 2009 at 10:31 am

    You need honeybees! Mine love to get in the squash blooms!
    .-= warren´s last blog ..Moving Bees =-.

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    • Susy on July 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

      I’m not sure why my honeybees don’t find my squash blossoms, perhaps they haven’t found them yet. I do see them by my cucumber blossoms.

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  5. Dan on July 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

    That is a really beautiful squash. This years squash from me are delicata, red kuri & cocozelle zucchini . So far I only have one zuc forming.
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..Garden Blogger Bloom Day =-.

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  6. Kristin on July 15, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for listing the ways you like to use the squash. I never know what I’d use squash for (except acorn squash with butter and brown sugar) and my husband doesn’t eat his veggies. Maybe I can start sneaking some into dinner :-) The colors on it are quite pretty.

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    • Susy on July 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm

      Mr Chiot’s used to be kind of veg averted. I used to put chopped spinach and broccoli stems and grated zucchini in everything (like spaghetti sauce, lasagna, soups etc).

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  7. inadvertent farmer on July 15, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Grilled with onions…in zuchini/applesauce bread…pickled (hot and spicy) and in cookies! I love summer squash, I’ve got 6 plants this year, it is the winter squash I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to keep up with! Kim
    .-= inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Wild Oregon Beach Bunnies! =-.

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  8. Pampered Mom on July 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog ..Good Germs, Bad Germs =-.

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  9. 'Romanesco' Zucchini | Chiot's Run on July 8, 2010 at 4:47 am

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