Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!

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We thought the Goodyear Blimp had landed in our backyard when we stepped outside after we got home from our trip to Maryland. But it was only an overgrown zucchini.  Always the subject of much joking – what do you do with huge overgrown zucchini?  It has been suggested that one can be hollowed out and used as a canoe…But I have a better idea.Zucchini can easily be frozen and made into delicious creamy soup in November when it costs about three dollars a pound in the produce department.


                                                                 Cut the zucchini in half

                                                                     and scoop out the seeds.


                                                                                Peel it.

                                                                              Dice it.

Measure the diced zucchini into four-cup batches…

… in order to freeze it in quart bags.  This will be a perfect amount of zucchini for a pot of my delicious, easy, cream of zucchini soup. 

I’ll post my recipe around the time of the first frost… Right now I’m going to go eat a fresh drippy tomato! 

Did I mention that we also found more ripe tomatoes than we knew what to do with, as we explored the wild overgrown tangle of our garden?  Salsa, salads, tomato sandwiches, sharing with the neighbors…and there were still some left.

My mom would have pulled out her canning jars, and at certain times of my life I’ve done that too.  But guess what?  Freezing tomatoes is as easy as pie! (Much easier, in fact.) 

You don’t have to blanch them or peel them. You don’t have a dozen jars to wash. Just wash the tomatoes and freeze them on a tray.

After they are frozen solid you can dump them into a bag and be pretty rough with them, but be gentle with them before they are frozen.

And then in a few months – say November or December – when tomatoes cost about three dollars each (and taste completely bland!) you can pull out your bag of tasty frozen tomatoes.  

Dip the frozen tomato in boiling water for about 15 seconds and the skin will slide off easily.  Then let them defrost, and chop them up for your own delicious fresh, tasty salsa, or soup or marinara sauce!

PS – You can save summer strawberries and grapes this way too. Wash and core the berries.  Pull the grapes off the cluster and wash them.  Freeze the fruit in a  single layer on a tray and then dump it into a regular plastic bag or tupperward container.


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

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