As of Tuesday, August 12, 2014
COTTONWOOD — It’s very smoky as I write this morning. According to reports, some fires have been controlled but there are lots of fires around the Northwest that are not yet contained. So I guess we will have to live with the smoke for a while longer. The Idaho Department of Lands has set up a fire camp at Summit Academy in Cottonwood. The camp is getting well established at the school. You should go and see it. They have a contract with the school which allows them to stay until Aug. 24. Hopefully the fire will be contained by then.
Harvest is progressing well on the Camas Prairie. By my estimation, it is maybe half done. The Keuterville/Craigmont area is just getting started.
Because zucchini reproduce in the summertime faster than rabbits, there was a holiday on Aug. 8 called “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night.” If you missed that date, it is not too late to celebrate zucchini any time this month. I advocate making your neighbor a casserole instead. Here’s a recipe for you to use:
6 cups of fine cubed zucchini
1 cup shredded carrots
½ cup chopped onion
1/2 cup butter
1 package stuffing mix
1 can cream of chicken soup (or mushroom)
1 (16 oz.) carton low-fat sour cream
2 cups cooked chicken
Boil the zucchini, carrots and onions in water for 5 minutes. Drain. In another bowl melt the butter and add the stuffing mix. Mix well. Place ½ of the stuffing in the bottom of a 9 X 12 casserole dish. Add the soup, chicken and sour cream to the vegetable mix. Spoon over the stuffing in the casserole. Top with the other half of stuffing. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Have you figured out what you can take to the fair to enter in open class? It makes it more fun if you have entered some baked goods, flowers, canned food, pictures or whatever your talent is. Fair time also means selling 4-H animals. It is a good time to get animals to butcher. It is prime meat and many of them are resold for market price. So, if you buy a hog, you can make sausage for the Bräts & Brew Fest coming up on Oct. 25. It seems like every family has their own secret recipe that they think is best. We need lots of entries so the people can be the judge.