Ellen Schwindt

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The other day I was chatting with a friend of mine who is a much larger-scale market grower of vegetables than I will ever be. She was wondering about marinades for pumpkin steaks. In the heat of the chat I proposed marinating pumpkin (or any winter squash steaks or strips) in balsamic vinegar and garlic, covering them with a sliced onion, then roasting them in a 350 oven for 45 minutes or so. I haven't tried that idea yet, but I still think it would be good. It might need a drizzle or three of olive oil.

I did try this recipe that evening and it was delicious.

Dakota Dessert pumpkin spears (any winter squash will work just fine)
apple cider vinegar
coconut oil
soy sauce
sweet onion

I marinated the pumpkin spears in chopped garlic and ginger with coconut oil, tahini, and apple cider vinegar (about a tablespoon of each).
Right before I baked them, I  added a sliced onion. Then I baked them in the toaster oven my daughter gave me when she moved into her tiny house at about 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. I stirred them once. When the pumpkin gave easily to a testing fork, they were done. And they were so delicious. I also made a mushroom saute/rice side dish and steamed some beet greens. Yum!

I have a big crop of winter squash so I will keep experimenting and report on my successes and failures on this thread.
Welcome to permies, isn't it great?!

3 months ago
I just got my husband, saint that he is, to distrubute the huge pile of wood chips the power company left in our upper parking area to our lower gardens. I'm loving the woodchips in the paths already--they hold moisture, and keep the weeds down. But I want to know, please, Chris Kott, what is a fungal slurry. My wood chips came with plenty of miceleum included and have offered plenty of fungal blooms already. I expect there will be more.

I've also used cardboard on paths this year, and when I've moved the cardboard to reorient paths, or plots, I am amazed by the life beneath the cardboard. I'm a big devotee of sheet mulch!
4 months ago
Hello Jesikah,
    I'm a newby to forums in general, but I love to hang out and look at all the other permies' comments, so I guess it's my turn. You must have spent a lot of time cultivating your imagination to have written a book your book. I find that my best ideas (or most hair-brained, if you ask my better half) come when I'm in the garden. When do you get your best ones? Also, I can't seem to write down anything I do in the garden that allows me to do anything like "scientific" study of what my results are. So right now I'm guessing which variety of winter squash I planted back in June is where. Does anybody know what color Blue Hubbard squash should be on the outside of its warty skin in early September in Northern New England? I THINK I have some blue hubbard, but I'm just not sure....
-Ellen from Davis Hill Farm
5 months ago