Kay Wheeler Moore

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The Newfangled Country Gardener is for anyone who has a garden, would like to have a garden, or who simply enjoys eating the garden-fresh way. I don't claim to be an expert; in this blog I'm simply sharing some of the experiences my husband and I have in preparing food that is home-grown.

About the author

Kay Wheeler Moore is the author of a new cookbook, Way Back in the Country Garden, that features six generations of recipes that call for ingredients that are fresh from the garden. With home gardening surging in popularity as frugal people become more resourceful, this recipe collection and the stories that accompany it ideally will inspire others to cook the garden-fresh way and to preserve their own family food stories as well. The stories in this book center around the Three Red-Haired Miller Girls (Kay's mother and aunts) who grew up in Delta County, TX, with their own backyard garden so lavish that they felt as though they were royalty after their Mama wielded her kitchen magic on all that was homegrown. Introduced in Kay's previous book, Way Back in the Country, the lively Miller Girls again draw readers into their growing-up world, in which a stringent economic era--not unlike today's tight times--saw people turn to the earth to put food on the table for their loved ones. The rollicking yarns (all with recipes attached) have love, family, and faith as common denominators and show how food evocatively bonds us to our life experiences.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Squash is everywhere right now; grab some up for a healthy remake of an old recipe

Move over, my trusty and long-lived Squash Casserole recipe. I’ve made you at least several times a year since I can remember. You’re always sought-after on a buffet table. I could prepare you with my eyes closed.

But I’ve found a new best friend in the squash casserole department—Lightened Squash Casserole. Southern Living’s July 2011 issue did a healthy remake of an old fave. A topping of French-fried onions and crunchy cereal plus innards that mingle grated carrots amidst the squash slices make this recipe the one I’ll sub at bring-a-dish events from now on. (My initial oldie-but-goodie recipe, incidentally, can be found in my first cookbook, Way Back in the Country.)
A can of reduced-fat cream of chicken soup (I actually used the reduced-sodium brand) and a container of light (or fat-free) sour cream help give Lightened Squash Casserole its name. The addition of 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives added to the lively flavor. Although the recipe called for crushed cornflakes, I had chex cereal (tried with Corn Chex) on hand and crushed that to use it instead. It worked just fine.

Hubby gave his seal of approval; I saw him snacking on a few tablespoons full of it during the day. That’s a pretty good sign of a winner recipe.

Lightened Squash Casserole

3 pounds yellow squash
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided (I used salt substitute)
1 cup grated carrots
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
1 (8-ounce) container light sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup crushed cornflakes cereal
1/2 cup crushed French-fried onions
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut squash into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place in a Dutch oven. Add onion, 1 teaspoon salt, and water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook 5 minutes; drain well. With paper towels pat squash dry. In a large bowl stir together grated carrots, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1/2-teaspoon salt. Spoon into a lightly greased 2-quart oval baking dish. In a small bowl stir together cornflakes and next 3 ingredients. Sprinkle over squash mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until casserole is bubbly and golden brown. After 20 to 25 minutes shield casserole with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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