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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Oh, To Be in Tennessee!

East Nashville to be exact. This week the city is celebrating the TOMATO--my favorite vegetable/fruit. Some people call it a vegetable, and eat it as the vegetable part of a meal. Others call it a fruit because it carries seeds, but most of us think of a fruit as more of a sweet finish to a meal. The Tomato Art Fest solves the problem by stating: "The Tomato, a uniter not a divider--bringing together fruits and vegetables."

Several years back we held annual Zucchini Festivals here at the library, but interest faded. I'm happy to see that some places continue to celebrate fruits and vegetables. The Tomato Art Fest has a Beautiful Tomato Contest similar to our Zucchinis on Parade. We also held a Zucchini Cook-off, something that is reflected in the Stuffed Tomato Recipe Contest being held in Tennessee.

Mexican Zucchini Soup photo by sonicwalker

With all the rain we've had, I'm sure there's an abundance of zucchinis and summer squash this year. If you want to share your abundance, wait until Friday, 8/8/08, when people will be celebrating Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night.

If you're not into sharing, we have plenty of vegetable cookbooks on our shelves, including some devoted exclusively to squash! The Classic Zucchini Cookbook: 225 Recipes for All Kinds of Squash by Nancy C. Ralston [641.6562 RAL] includes a recipe for something called "Squoconut Custard Pie," made with yellow squash instead of coconut (although there is a little coconut extract in the batter). Now aren't you intrigued?

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