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    jmcquown Guest

    Default REC: Summer Squash Patties

    Recipe found on About.com: Southern Recipes

    I've heard of all kinds of ways to cook yellow (crookneck) summer squash but
    never this one. It sounds intriguing so I think I'll try it. With a few
    variations (noted below).

    Summer Squash Patties

    2 c. grated yellow squash
    1/4 c. self-rising flour
    1/4 c. self-rising cornmeal
    1 small onion, chopped
    1 egg, beaten
    pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients together. Spoon out into hot greased frying pan. [the
    author notes she uses olive oil.] Brown on both sides. Drain on paper
    towel.
    **********************
    I'll be making a few changes to this recipe. For one thing, I don't own
    self-rising anything. I'll just add the salt and baking powder to the flour
    and cornmeal myself. I also tend to drain pan-fried items on brown paper,
    not paper towels. It's more absorbent. It's also a good way to use
    recycled paper bags from the grocery store. I also will not waste olive oil
    on something like this. While the dish sounds interesting the author sounds
    pretentious specifying she uses olive oil. It's like the she jumped on the
    olive oil bandwagon. I don't find using olive oil makes anyone more or less
    food literate. Corn or canola oil will do just fine for this squash dish.
    Oh, and she didn't mention adding salt. I suspect (even with the breading)
    this dish will need some salt.

    Jill


  2. #2
    Giusi Guest

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    "jmcquown"
    I also will not waste olive oil
    > on something like this. While the dish sounds interesting the author
    > sounds pretentious specifying she uses olive oil. It's like the she
    > jumped on the > olive oil bandwagon. I don't find using olive oil makes
    > anyone more or less > food literate.


    Olive oil gives things a flavor you won't find with other oils. Am I
    pretentious? IMO, not because I also specify olive oil for certain things.



  3. #3
    Andy Guest

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    Giusi said...

    >
    > "jmcquown"
    > I also will not waste olive oil
    >> on something like this. While the dish sounds interesting the author
    >> sounds pretentious specifying she uses olive oil. It's like the she
    >> jumped on the > olive oil bandwagon. I don't find using olive oil
    >> makes anyone more or less > food literate.

    >
    > Olive oil gives things a flavor you won't find with other oils. Am I
    > pretentious? IMO, not because I also specify olive oil for certain
    > things.



    Olive oil has it's place where it's flavor is warranted, as part of a salad
    dressing, as a pizza treatment, tapenade (naturally), pesto, etc.

    I favor a flavor neutral oil like safflower oil. For instance I wouldn't
    make pancakes, scrambled eggs or fish using olive oil.

    YMMV.

    Andy

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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Summer Squash Patties

    "Giusi" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "jmcquown"
    > I also will not waste olive oil
    >> on something like this. While the dish sounds interesting the author
    >> sounds pretentious specifying she uses olive oil. It's like the she
    >> jumped on the > olive oil bandwagon. I don't find using olive oil makes
    >> anyone more or less > food literate.

    >
    > Olive oil gives things a flavor you won't find with other oils. Am I
    > pretentious? IMO, not because I also specify olive oil for certain
    > things.
    >


    Olive oil is wonderful stuff. But some people spout on and on about olive
    oil as though that makes them some sort of cooking expert. It's like the
    big balsamic vinegar craze... add it to everything! Don't think so. And
    coloured sea salts. Some people watch way too much FoodTV

    Certain foods are delicate and need a more neutral oil. Squash can easily
    be overwhelmed. I happen to like the taste of squash without it tasting of
    olive oil. Maybe next time around I'll use olive oil. Not this time,
    though

    Jill


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    Karen Guest

    Default Re: Summer Squash Patties

    On Sep 4, 9:47*am, "jmcquown" <j_mcqu...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Olive oil is wonderful stuff. *But some people spout on and on about olive
    > oil as though that makes them some sort of cooking expert. *It's like the
    > big balsamic vinegar craze... add it to everything! *Don't think so. *And
    > coloured sea salts. *Some people watch way too much FoodTV
    >
    > Certain foods are delicate and need a more neutral oil. *Squash can easily
    > be overwhelmed. *I happen to like the taste of squash without it tasting of
    > olive oil. *Maybe next time around I'll use olive oil. *Not this time,
    > though


    For this recipe, I think regular corn oil would be better to brown the
    patties than olive oil, too. For one thing, it has a higher smoking
    point than olive oil and you need to get the oil quite hot to brown
    and cook and not stick, I would think. The browning part is where the
    taste is, not the olive oil, so I think your first inclination is spot
    on.

    Karen

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    Giusi Guest

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    "Karen"
    For this recipe, I think regular corn oil would be better to brown
    thepatties than olive oil, too.

    Do try it sometime, because the nuttiness of OO is very appealing with
    squash. We don't very often use other oils here, but we do get things
    browned!



  7. #7
    sf Guest

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    On Fri, 4 Sep 2009 12:12:23 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >self-rising cornmeal


    Maybe this product has been out forever and I just haven't noticed,
    but it seems like I've seen several recipes lately calling for S-R
    cornmeal. Not sure I'd want poofy squash patties though. Maybe
    regular flour on the inside with a regular cornmeal coating... or
    maybe no flour on the inside.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Summer Squash Patties

    On Fri, 4 Sep 2009 18:21:17 +0200, "Giusi" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"jmcquown"
    > I also will not waste olive oil
    >> on something like this. While the dish sounds interesting the author
    >> sounds pretentious specifying she uses olive oil. It's like the she
    >> jumped on the > olive oil bandwagon. I don't find using olive oil makes
    >> anyone more or less > food literate.

    >
    >Olive oil gives things a flavor you won't find with other oils. Am I
    >pretentious? IMO, not because I also specify olive oil for certain things.
    >

    I like olive oil and use it almost exclusively now that EVOO is so
    inexpensive. I'm less likely to use it in salad dressing (I cut it
    with Canola) than I am to use it in a pan to cook with.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: REC: Summer Squash Patties

    On Fri, 4 Sep 2009 12:12:23 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Recipe found on About.com: Southern Recipes
    >
    >I've heard of all kinds of ways to cook yellow (crookneck) summer squash but
    >never this one. It sounds intriguing so I think I'll try it. With a few
    >variations (noted below).
    >
    >Summer Squash Patties
    >
    >2 c. grated yellow squash
    >1/4 c. self-rising flour
    >1/4 c. self-rising cornmeal
    >1 small onion, chopped
    >1 egg, beaten
    >pepper to taste
    >
    >Mix all ingredients together. Spoon out into hot greased frying pan. [the
    >author notes she uses olive oil.] Brown on both sides. Drain on paper
    >towel.


    Mmm..that does sound good. Glad you posted this. Maybe when I feel
    more like cooking/eating I can make this.

    Want to come over and cook for me for a few days?

    Christine, trying to induce rfc denizens to come over and cook for
    her.. Already have Arri lined up.
    --
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

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    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: REC: Summer Squash Patties

    On Fri, 04 Sep 2009 10:45:14 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:


    >Maybe this product has been out forever and I just haven't noticed,
    >but it seems like I've seen several recipes lately calling for S-R
    >cornmeal. Not sure I'd want poofy squash patties though. Maybe
    >regular flour on the inside with a regular cornmeal coating... or
    >maybe no flour on the inside.


    Yes, it has been out forever.. I grew up with it. It may not be as
    common outside of the south though.....

    Christine
    --
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    "Giusi" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > "jmcquown"
    > I also will not waste olive oil
    >> on something like this. While the dish sounds interesting the author
    >> sounds pretentious specifying she uses olive oil. It's like the she
    >> jumped on the > olive oil bandwagon. I don't find using olive oil makes
    >> anyone more or less > food literate.

    >
    > Olive oil gives things a flavor you won't find with other oils. Am I
    > pretentious?
    >

    Pretentious, not really, mostly you're an idiot... not all olive oils impart
    flavor, in fact most are pretty bland, many are as flavorful as ordinary
    generic salad oil. I think most of the fancy schmancy dago olive oils that
    are strongly flavored are flavored with artificial flavorings, or they sneak
    in some Spansh olives.




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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Summer Squash Patties


    "Giusi" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Karen"
    > For this recipe, I think regular corn oil would be better to brown
    > thepatties than olive oil, too.
    >
    > Do try it sometime, because the nuttiness of OO is very appealing with
    > squash. We don't very often use other oils here, but we do get things
    > browned!
    >

    Yeah, you rub it into your noses.



  13. #13
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Summer Squash Patties


    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Recipe found on About.com: Southern Recipes
    >
    > I've heard of all kinds of ways to cook yellow (crookneck) summer squash
    > but never this one. It sounds intriguing so I think I'll try it. With a
    > few variations (noted below).
    >
    > Summer Squash Patties
    >
    > 2 c. grated yellow squash
    > 1/4 c. self-rising flour
    > 1/4 c. self-rising cornmeal
    > 1 small onion, chopped
    > 1 egg, beaten
    > pepper to taste
    >
    > Mix all ingredients together. Spoon out into hot greased frying pan.


    I think those ingredients in those proportions are more fit to make
    fritters, I'd deep fry. And I'd lightly saute the onion first or the
    internal bits will remain raw. Yellow squash hasn't much flavor anyway so I
    wouldn't add more than maybe two Tbls of onion, and the recipe definitely
    needs some salt too. I wouldn't waste too many nice yellow squash on this,
    look for some of those freebie giant zukes folks drop off by your door at
    midnight. And regardless how cooked that will end up a high fat recipe...
    why don't you consider using a bit more cornmeal and bake some muffins.



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    Giusi Guest

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    "brooklyn1" ha scritto nel messaggio
    > "Giusi" wrote in message
    >> "jmcquown"
    >> I also will not waste olive oil
    >>> on something like this.

    >>
    >> Olive oil gives things a flavor you won't find with other oils.


    > Pretentious, not really, mostly you're an idiot... not all olive oils
    > impart > flavor, in fact most are pretty bland, many are as flavorful as
    > ordinary > generic salad oil. I think most of the fancy schmancy dago
    > olive oils that are strongly flavored are flavored with artificial
    > flavorings, or they sneak > in some Spansh olives.


    You know I actually help pick, deliver and then watch my olive oil get
    pressed every November. What you THINK (haha) has not an effing thing to do
    with it.



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    jmcquown Guest

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    "brooklyn1" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "jmcquown" <j_mcquown@c[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Recipe found on About.com: Southern Recipes
    >>
    >> I've heard of all kinds of ways to cook yellow (crookneck) summer squash
    >> but never this one. It sounds intriguing so I think I'll try it. With a
    >> few variations (noted below).
    >>
    >> Summer Squash Patties
    >>
    >> 2 c. grated yellow squash
    >> 1/4 c. self-rising flour
    >> 1/4 c. self-rising cornmeal
    >> 1 small onion, chopped
    >> 1 egg, beaten
    >> pepper to taste
    >>
    >> Mix all ingredients together. Spoon out into hot greased frying pan.

    >
    > I think those ingredients in those proportions are more fit to make
    > fritters, I'd deep fry. And I'd lightly saute the onion first or the
    > internal bits will remain raw. Yellow squash hasn't much flavor anyway so
    > I wouldn't add more than maybe two Tbls of onion, and the recipe
    > definitely needs some salt too. I wouldn't waste too many nice yellow
    > squash on this, look for some of those freebie giant zukes folks drop off
    > by your door at midnight. And regardless how cooked that will end up a
    > high fat recipe... why don't you consider using a bit more cornmeal and
    > bake some muffins.
    >


    Just got done baking cornbread in my handy dandy cast iron (useless
    cookware) skillet I posted the recipe as it was listed, not as I was
    planning to make it. Obviously it will need salt. Don't know about your
    yellow squash but the ones I buy down here are nicely sweet.

    Jill


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    Goomba Guest

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    sf wrote:

    > I like olive oil and use it almost exclusively now that EVOO is so
    > inexpensive. I'm less likely to use it in salad dressing (I cut it
    > with Canola) than I am to use it in a pan to cook with.
    >

    I use a good olive oil for cooking with, and save the extra virgin for
    salads, garnishes and other uncooked dishes.

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    Cheryl Guest

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    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Recipe found on About.com: Southern Recipes
    >
    > I've heard of all kinds of ways to cook yellow (crookneck) summer squash
    > but never this one. It sounds intriguing so I think I'll try it. With a
    > few variations (noted below).
    >
    > Summer Squash Patties
    >
    > 2 c. grated yellow squash
    > 1/4 c. self-rising flour
    > 1/4 c. self-rising cornmeal
    > 1 small onion, chopped
    > 1 egg, beaten
    > pepper to taste
    >
    > Mix all ingredients together. Spoon out into hot greased frying pan.
    > [the author notes she uses olive oil.] Brown on both sides. Drain on
    > paper towel.
    > **********************
    > I'll be making a few changes to this recipe. For one thing, I don't own
    > self-rising anything. I'll just add the salt and baking powder to the
    > flour and cornmeal myself. I also tend to drain pan-fried items on brown
    > paper, not paper towels. It's more absorbent. It's also a good way to
    > use recycled paper bags from the grocery store. I also will not waste
    > olive oil on something like this. While the dish sounds interesting the
    > author sounds pretentious specifying she uses olive oil. It's like the
    > she jumped on the olive oil bandwagon. I don't find using olive oil makes
    > anyone more or less food literate. Corn or canola oil will do just fine
    > for this squash dish. Oh, and she didn't mention adding salt. I suspect
    > (even with the breading) this dish will need some salt.


    Thanks, that sounds really good. Question, do you use the seeds in it?


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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Summer Squash Patties


    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "brooklyn1" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:%Tcom.1153$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> Recipe found on About.com: Southern Recipes
    >>>
    >>> I've heard of all kinds of ways to cook yellow (crookneck) summer squash
    >>> but never this one. It sounds intriguing so I think I'll try it. With
    >>> a few variations (noted below).
    >>>
    >>> Summer Squash Patties
    >>>
    >>> 2 c. grated yellow squash
    >>> 1/4 c. self-rising flour
    >>> 1/4 c. self-rising cornmeal
    >>> 1 small onion, chopped
    >>> 1 egg, beaten
    >>> pepper to taste
    >>>
    >>> Mix all ingredients together. Spoon out into hot greased frying pan.

    >>
    >> I think those ingredients in those proportions are more fit to make
    >> fritters, I'd deep fry. And I'd lightly saute the onion first or the
    >> internal bits will remain raw. Yellow squash hasn't much flavor anyway
    >> so I wouldn't add more than maybe two Tbls of onion, and the recipe
    >> definitely needs some salt too. I wouldn't waste too many nice yellow
    >> squash on this, look for some of those freebie giant zukes folks drop off
    >> by your door at midnight. And regardless how cooked that will end up a
    >> high fat recipe... why don't you consider using a bit more cornmeal and
    >> bake some muffins.
    >>

    >
    > Just got done baking cornbread in my handy dandy cast iron (useless
    > cookware) skillet I posted the recipe as it was listed, not as I was
    > planning to make it. Obviously it will need salt. Don't know about your
    > yellow squash but the ones I buy down here are nicely sweet.
    >
    >

    You won't taste one squash from another in that kind of recipe, it's more a
    baked product (like applesauce cake) than a vegetable. You'd do better to
    slice your squash lenthwise (~1/4"), brush lighty with oil and dust with a
    mixture of seasoned cornmeal and flour and fry em, better yet grill em.
    That recipe you found will totally waste all those ingredients including
    your time and effort, plus it'll soak up fat like crazy and add 5 pounds to
    your ass. LOL



  19. #19
    Gloria P Guest

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    Karen wrote:

    >
    > For this recipe, I think regular corn oil would be better to brown the
    > patties than olive oil, too. For one thing, it has a higher smoking
    > point than olive oil and you need to get the oil quite hot to brown
    > and cook and not stick, I would think. The browning part is where the
    > taste is, not the olive oil, so I think your first inclination is spot
    > on.
    >
    > Karen



    But butter would taste SO GOOD!

    gloria p

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    jmcquown Guest

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    "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Recipe found on About.com: Southern Recipes
    >>
    >> I've heard of all kinds of ways to cook yellow (crookneck) summer squash
    >> but never this one. It sounds intriguing so I think I'll try it. With a
    >> few variations (noted below).
    >>
    >> Summer Squash Patties
    >>
    >> 2 c. grated yellow squash
    >> 1/4 c. self-rising flour
    >> 1/4 c. self-rising cornmeal
    >> 1 small onion, chopped
    >> 1 egg, beaten
    >> pepper to taste
    >>
    >> Mix all ingredients together. Spoon out into hot greased frying pan.
    >> [the author notes she uses olive oil.] Brown on both sides. Drain on
    >> paper towel.
    >> **********************
    >> I'll be making a few changes to this recipe. For one thing, I don't own
    >> self-rising anything. I'll just add the salt and baking powder to the
    >> flour and cornmeal myself. I also tend to drain pan-fried items on brown
    >> paper, not paper towels. It's more absorbent. It's also a good way to
    >> use recycled paper bags from the grocery store. I also will not waste
    >> olive oil on something like this. While the dish sounds interesting the
    >> author sounds pretentious specifying she uses olive oil. It's like the
    >> she jumped on the olive oil bandwagon. I don't find using olive oil
    >> makes anyone more or less food literate. Corn or canola oil will do just
    >> fine for this squash dish. Oh, and she didn't mention adding salt. I
    >> suspect (even with the breading) this dish will need some salt.

    >
    > Thanks, that sounds really good. Question, do you use the seeds in it?
    >


    The seeds in summer squash are inconsequential. (And I know about having to
    watch out for seeds.) Summer squash isn't like eggplant which has hard
    little seeds that can cause digestive problems.

    Jill


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