The Winner of the Fran's Victory Garden Butternut Squash Pie Recipe Contest.

The Winner of the Fran's Victory Garden Butternut Squash Pie Recipe Contest.

Fran’s Ginger Snap Butternut Squash Pie, simply WOW!

Ingredients:

For 1 Ginger Snap Crust (double for 2):

1/2 package of Ginger snaps (24 cookies for each crust)
6 tbsps. melted butter
¼ cup sugar

For 2 Butternut Squash pies filling:

4 cups of cooked butternut squash from Fran's Victory Garden
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
¼ cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of flour
1/ teaspoon of baking soda ...continue reading

Tips for Incorporating a Vegetable Garden into Your Landscaping
Written by Tim Smith

Ripe tomatoes ready to pickA beautifully landscaped yard is a benefit to both commercial and residential properties, enhancing street appeal and property value. Well-balanced color, symmetry and scale contribute to the aesthetic appeal. But landscaping need not be limited to manicured grass, ornamental shrubs and cultivated flowers. Incorporating herbs, fruit trees, fruit-bearing vines and vegetables into a landscaping plan lets you enjoy the bounty of seasonal crops and the color, fragrance and textures of plants usually confined to the back of the house.

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The last cucumber is in the pile with the last cantaloupe

The last cucumber is in the pile with the last cantaloupe

Coming to the end of the season. Picked the last Cucumber & Cantaloupe.  The last Zucchini was weeks ago. We had a surprise Cauliflower, I didn't even see it grow, it was among the Butternut squash, I was counting the squash and there it was, right in the middle. I harvested right away, not like the last one that I allowed to get buggy. I love Cauliflower, Fran roasts it with other veggies, great!

Artichoke flower

Artichoke flower

Beans are still coming in strong, Tomatoes both Plum and Heritage every day and an occasional Eggplant. The Hungarian Hot Peppers are a regular now, the big Peppers are turning red. By being lazy I have allowed the Fennel and Artichokes to go to flower.

Update: Fran has made four Butternut Squash Pies now, they get better and better.  We get two pies out of each larger squash, so, at least a dozen more pies.

the Excellent Butternut Squash Pie

the Excellent Butternut Squash Pie

We have eaten the pie. Mother in-law and Daughter agree, excellent. I, myself, think I need more sample pies to decide if it is better than Pumpkin Pie. We are able to get two pies out of each squash, and there are many Butternut Squash(es?) left in Fran's Victory Garden, so, we will have a decision by the end of the season.  An added bonus, the seeds can be salted and roasted just like pumpkin seeds.

Anyway, check back for the final decision in this great quandary.


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Butternut Squash and Other Bounty

The Butternut Squash, a variety of Winter Squash is bountiful now, perhaps I harvested too soon, I think they get yellower. As you can see from the pic, pole beans are still coming in strong and the tomatoes are just starting. I have to pick the tomatoes when they show color, the squirrels like them. Recently, I was reading about Butternut Squash Pie, it is supposedly better than Pumpkin Pie.  Fran is making two of them now, can't wait.