Thursday, November 10, 2011

Theme Thursday.....GOURD

A World of Gourds

From Wikipedia

While looking up gourds on the net I was surprised to find so much info that my mind was going bonkers. I had always associated gourds with those hard shelled decorations at a grocery store during the fall season or for sale at specialty stores to use as planters or bird houses.

I had not a clue that a gourd refers to a plant with a trailing vine such as squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, and melons as a few examples.

Now these are some of my favorite fruits and vegetables.
I mean who does not like a sweet watermelon or pumpkin pie.

I like squash.
I cannot say I love squash, but I do like it.
And Butternut Squash soup is really good, if made properly.
My problem is that I buy a package of squash every year at Costco and
every year I try out a new recipe.
And we have one bowl full of soup and we are done.
Only one year did I make a good recipe.
The problem was that I just took a bunch of recipes and made my own.
I never wrote down what I did and I have never been able to do it again.
I try fresh butternut squash, this cut squash, frozen squash,
and still have problems.
I will try one more time and then I guess I will just go back to zucchini.
I have a really easy recipe for zucchini.

Shred zucchini,
put in a saute pan,
add butter,
saute for a few minutes.
Doesn't even matter how many you use,
because you just adjust with the pan and butter.

And if you need a gourd dessert,
Well go to Costco and buy their
Pumpkin Cheese Cake.

Seriously though,
there is a whole world that use and depend on gourds.
For thousands of years humans have depended upon gourds,
and maybe mankind's survival happened due to our ability to
adapt to the use of gourds.
Well except for the poor people who made the discovery
of the poisonous gourds.

For more Gourd Theme Thursday stories visit here.

Oh and if you have a really good Squash Soup Recipe,
please, please share it. I need one desperately.


  1. Gourds galore, if mankinds survival rests on gourds, we are all doomed, the aliens just need to feed us gourds and they will have total control..haha

  2. nice...not a huge squash fan, but do like it fried...i like other edible gourds much better...and of course the decor...

    saute is the way to go as well...mmm...sadly love me some butter...

    happy tt! you rock!

  3. Well, you have answered my question. Yes, I have eaten gourds! That's a lot of great info. I'm attempting to write my blog now, so don't visit too soon! LOL

  4. Ok, I was with you on the healthy noshing on butternut squash and zucchini.

    But did you have to end with pumpkin cheesecake! Now that's all I can think about!! ;)

    Great TT post!!

  5. The notion of pumpkin as a sweet has not quite taken off here in Australia...

  6. I didn't know cucumbers were gourds, either until I started writing my post!

    That pumpkin cheesecake looks SO yummy!

  7. I'm with Kris. We're savoury pumpkin's a staple with a roast dinner, great in soup and lately found it's way dry roasted in salads. Very noice.

  8. Delicious photos that rich that pie.


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