Squashing rumors
Squashing rumors

Why is it that everyone plants zucchini even though it is blatantly obvious that one plant is enough to feed an entire village? (At Beekman 1802, we count ourselves among the guilty.)

Rumor has it that it’s because of our fabulous recipe for grilled summer squash below.

The zucchini is not the only prolific summer stalwart making a showing in the vegetable garden right now.

Here’s what we are harvesting this week

Zucchini Black Summer Squash–  Introduced in 1931, fruits are so deep green they appear to be black. Fruits are long, straight, best picked at 6 8 in. but will remain tender and flavorful when larger. Flesh is greenish white, fine textured and crisp.

Lemon Summer Squash– This is the size, shape and color of a lemon and can be grown on a trellis on the patio. The small fruit are very tasty and are especially good sauteed.

Early Prolific Yellow Straightneck Squash – Introduced in the 1930’s, as the name suggests this is a very heavy producer of slender, club shaped, yellow fruit which ripen to golden yellow. Best harvested young at about 6 in.

Early White Bush Scalloped Squash–  Introduced in 1722 to the colonists by the American Indians, this squash was possibly known in Europe before 1600 as a ’symnel’ or ‘cymling’. Fruits have smooth, white green rinds, scalloped edges and are flattened. Flesh is fine grained, flavorful, and white. They measure 4 7 in. across and weigh 2 3 lb. Best when picked young

Each one of these found it’s way into this simple savory recipe.

Savory Grilled Summer Squash

Makes 4 servings


3 medium yellow or golden squash, sliced 1/4-inch thick on a deep diagonal

1 medium gadzooks or zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch thick on a deep diagonal

2 small pattypan squash, halved and sliced 1/4-inch thick

4 garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press (2 ½ teaspoons)

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 3/4 teaspoon dried

1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon coarse salt plus more for sprinkling

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


1 In a large bowl, combine all of the squash (it should be a total of 5 cups). Add the garlic, rosemary, oregano, and salt and toss well, rubbing the mixture onto all surfaces of the squash. Add the oil and toss to coat.

2 Heat a grill or grill pan to medium. Lightly oil the grill grates or the grill pan. Working in batches if necessary, grill the squash, turning it over as it gets grill marks, until tender, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer the slices to a bowl as they finish cooking. Once all the squash have been cooked, add the vinegar and toss. Sprinkle with more salt and serve hot or at room temperature.

All this summer we are working with our friend Sandy Gluck to develop seasonal recipes fresh from the heirloom garden.

Check out Sandy’s radio show, Everyday Food, airing everyday on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sirius/XM

by Josh and Brent

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Melinda Cohen

Josh & Brent: I live in California and read and LOVED your book! My book club is reading Bucolic Plague now and when we meet to discuss it next week, I will be serving dishes from your wonderful recipes, a goat cheese cheesecake and each lady is receiving a table favor of a bar of your awesome goat milk soap (Brent, you will be pleased to know I individually wrapped each cake of soap in a lovely gift bag with raffia and a cute ribbon with little lambs on it!!) Even Martha would approve. I am delighted you two are doing so well. You are a testament to what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Thank you for enriching all of our lives–and for helping get the word out that being gay is perfectly OK! My husband and I are avid supporters of LAMBDA.

Melinda Cohen


Donna Oliver

Did it with the zukes froma farmers market ( here in the tropical south our growing seasons are wild compared with ya'lls! BUT I made panini with them and havarti(sorry boo. no blaak here) and some sprouts and a sliced grilled avocado. So much food two can share one lest one is a piggy.Oink oink!


Tomorrow grilled squash is one the menu! My sister keeps putting a bag of squash on the front seat of my car every time I stop. I like the little ones please. Some of her zucchini are the size of baseball bats! I’m not kidding. Thanks for the tip on twitter. Catherine