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What to do with extra zucchini (hit a bear!)

If you’re lucky enough to have some zucchini (summer squash) plants, you know they can provide months worth of fresh vegetables for you, your family, and maybe most of the neighborhood. The challenge quickly becomes what to do with all those zukes. Entire cookbooks have been devoted to this subject. Inevitably, you forget to pick them during a couple of hot days, and somewhere under that jungle of leaves and stems, a giant baseball bat or bowling pin awaits. At my house this summer, less traditional uses included drying, freezing, and pickling zucchini, plus feeding some to the chickens. But in Montana, according to the AP article below, zucchini bowling pins have found a new use for repelling bears. I do not condone animal cruelty, but perhaps in cases of self-defense, it’s not a bad idea to have a zucchini handy. —– Montana Woman fends off bear with zucchini FRENCHTOWN, Mont. — Police say a Montana woman used an unlikely weapon to fend off a charging bear — a zucchini. Missoula County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Maricelli says a 200-pound black bear attacked the woman’s 12-year-old collie just after midnight Wednesday on the back porch of her home about 15 miles west of Missoula. When the woman, whom police did not name, screamed to draw the bear’s attention, it charged her and swiped at her leg. Maricelli says the woman jumped back into the doorway and reached for the nearest object on her kitchen counter — a 12-inch zucchini from her garden. The woman flung the vegetable at the bear, striking it on top of the head and causing it to flee. Maricelli says the woman did not need medical attention. Wildlife officials were trying to locatethe bear on Thursday. Link:

Furniture from Mycelium

The house is filled with the earthy smell of mushrooms cooking. It’s not a welcome-to-winter soup simmering or a ragout thickening; I’m baking a little mushroom footstool in the oven. That’s not all that’s baking in that house, you may be thinking… Read more: Read More..

Roasted Squash Soup (Recipe)

Roasted Squash Soup This recipe makes some delicious squash soup, which is a healthy way to keep yourself warm as the evenings turn cool. If you like a creamy, herby, or spicy soup, there are some flavor variations included below. I recommend using a sweet, dense-fleshed winter squash such as butternut, buttercup, or kabocha. Alternatively, […] Read More..

Grameen is installing 1000 solar home systems a day…in rural Bangladesh!

In one of the poorest countries on the planet a renewable energy service company is installing one thousand solar home systems – a day. Not in its capital or busy urban centers, but where 80 percent of the population lives – in rural Bangladesh. The company, Grameen Shakti, literally translates as rural energy. By the […] Read More..

Long Orange Firecrackers

In our home garden, we just picked carrots this week. From one raised bed, my kids unearthed an armload of long orange firecrackers. Picking carrots, potatoes, and root/tuber vegetables is such a satisfying harvest. There is something special about bringing up buried treasure: you’re never quite sure what is hidden until you pull it out […] Read More..

Some Sick Chickens and Eggs in Your Food Supply

The U.S. government is attempting to cut the jobs of 1,000 poultry inspectors to save $85 million per year. The new plan is to have the poultry industry “self inspect” themselves (after all, the same concept worked well with Wall Street, right?). One poultry industry inspector will now be responsible for “inspecting” the dizzying number […] Read More..