Amish Cook, Week of July 30: Yum, Chicken Squash Casserole!

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THE AMISH COOK

BY LOVINA EICHER

It is July 30 and 2012 is halfway over already.  A happy fifth birthday to nephew Steven, Jacob and Emma’s son.  I find it hard to believe he will be starting school this fall. Time seems to go faster every year.  It looks like a nice day to do laundry.  Last week we had rain every day Monday through Friday.  The rain gave our lawn a boost, so the boys will finish mowing the grass today.  It has been quite a few weeks since they had to mow it last.  Our third cutting of hay is cut and we hope to get it in tonight.  My husband Joe thinks we won’t have enough of our own due to the dry summer.  Hay is very expensive to buy this year because of the drought.

Daughter Susan and Verena are still detasseling corn.  It is getting to the end of the detasseling season. and they will be glad once they are done.  They leave at 6 a.m. every morning and work 6 day weeks.  Last week with the rain their clothes were wet and they had muddy shoes when they came home.

Church services are set to be at Jacob and Emma’s in two weeks so I want to help her get everything cleaned.  She misses her two daughters help since they are detasseling also.  This is a busy time of the year with the garden to take care of and canning season really beginning.  I told Emma I will make fresh freezer pickles for her church lunch.  My cucumbers are doing very well.  Our green beans are coming along and we have had a few meals with the beans and also some red beets.

Joe likes when I make buttered beets with them.  The boys have been digging up potatoes whenever zI need some.  Although later than usual we aregetting some nice red potatoes.  My squash didn’t come up but Emma and Jacob’s have been keeping us supplied with them.  Last week the boys pulled all my onions out.  I didn’t get a good crop of those but I am thankful for what I did get.  Saturday we assisted Jacob’s with their work.  We did take time off to go watch a parade in a nearby town.   We butchered their 18 chickens which did not take us long with everyone helping.  After the heads are off I don’t mind doing the rest.

Saturday we had the 18 chickens done in 90 minutes.  The children are getting better at knowing what to do.  Joe and Jacob are working on the new patio that Jacob and Emma are building behind their house.  I don’t think those two minded getting out of the butchering chickens.  Daughters Elizabeth and Susan’s friends Timothy and Mose came and helped us with the butchering too.  We appreciated them pitching in to help, as it made the work so much easier for us.

This week Loretta has an appointment two hours away at the children’s hospital. Her braces are hurting her feet and legs so she doesn’t wear them anymore because of that.  The doctor didn’t recommend more therapy other than what she has to do at home.  While going to therapy they could loosen her muscles, but two days later they would be tightened up again. We want to see what the doctors suggestion is to do about the braces and go from there.

 

I will share a recipe I made to use some of the yellow squash Emma gave to us. You can add or take away ingredients to what you prefer:

CHICKEN SQUASH CASSEROLE

6 cups aquash, peeled and shredded

2 cups diced, cooked chicken

1 /2 cup onion, chopped

1 /2 cup green peppers, chopped

2 10.75 ounce cans of cream of mushroom soup

2 cups shredded cheese

Seasoning to taste

Preheat oven to 350. In a greased 9 X 13 inch baking pan, layer ingredients with the cheese on top.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until squash is tender.

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The Discussion


  1. 1) does Lovina make any pickled beets or does the family prefer them the way Joe does?
    2) re Loretta’s muscle challenges, would the drs recommend anything like jacuzzi and give the family a prescription for one and they would be able to claim it when they file their taxes?

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  2. Kevin, I thought previously I used to be able to go into the recipe tab at the top of your website and see a listing of recipes in a particular category. EX: If I clicked Main Dish, it would list all these recipe titles. Now when I click the category, I get a scrolling list of recipes as part of the column they are in. So now I have to flip through pages to get what I am looking for. Did something change? Am I doing something wrong? I just want a title list of the recipes in a category so I can quickly click on the one I want, thanks.

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    • Yikes, Teresa…I hadn’t seen that…obviously some sort of gremlin…I’ll get on fixing that asap, it is not supposed to look that way..thanks for telling me!

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  3. Zelka Cani says:


    I really do love the recipes the recipes that Lovina shares with us, thank you. Our garden is always plentiful also and always nice to try something new with fresh picked vegies etc.. I would like to ask about ‘cream of mushroom soup’. We do have it in our supermarkets here in Australia, but most store bought items contain ‘yeast extract’ which I am severely intollerant to. Does Lovina have a recipe for Cream of Mushroom soup which can be done from scratch and then perhaps frozen until when needed?

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    • Dorothy Olomon says:


      Try cream of chicken or cream of celery soup instead of cream of mushroom. Hopefully they won’t have yeast extract in them. I have found they are interchangable. Chop up a few mushrooms and add if you like.

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  4. Linda Martin says:


    Hi,
    I was wondering if the problem with this year’s squash was due to squash bugs. We had a real infestation and they ate up the plants right as they started to flower. Just wondering about that!

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  5. My problem is with the recipe of Chicken Squash Casserole. The flavor is great, but there must be a step not put down as I had so much juice from the squash that have of the casserole was juice and then top was the good tasting dish. Do you need to put salt on the shredded squash and then let it leach out the juice before using, otherwise it is way too runny.

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