Good Things to Eat – Chilled Cucumber Soup and Special Zucchini Hot Dish

Chilled Cucumber Soup

2 medium cucumbers

2 cups 1% buttermilk

1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 reduced-fat sour cream

1 teaspoon dillweed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon white pepper

2 green onions, chopped

Cut 4 thin slices of cucumber; set aside for garnish. Peel and finely chop remaining cucumbers. In a bowl, combine the buttermilk, sour cream, sugar, dill, salt, pepper, green onions and chopped cucumbers; mix well. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with cucumber slices and fresh dill if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

From Taste of Home – Submitted by Sheri Kisch

Special Zucchini Hot Dish

4 small zucchini, sliced diagonally

1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced

2 tomatoes, sliced

12 slices of cheese

2 green peppers, sliced

2 tablespoons butter

In a shallow buttered dish (2 qt) arrange half the zucchini around the sides and bottom, then half the tomatoes, onion, pepper and 4 slices of cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dot with butter. Repeat. Dish will be full – cover with foil. Bake at 375 degree pre-heated oven for 45-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Cut remaining 4 cheese slices diagonally in half. Remove dish from oven and arrange slices on top. Return to oven for 2 minutes. Serve warm.

Submitted by Sheri Kisch

Checklist for Successful Gardening

  • As you harvest, keep track of what varieties are doing well for you. This is especially true if you are growing more than one variety of a certain vegetable. Write results down on index cards and store by year in a recipe box. Now you will know exactly what varieties to try new next year, against the best performers you’ve discovered so far.
  • If you are having problems with tomatoes, squash or other plants not setting on fruits, you can give them a hand. You can use a water paint brush, pick up pollen from male flowers, and then spread it to female flowers. With squash you can pick the male flower, take off the petals to expose the pollen, and then rub noses with female flowers. Female squash flowers always have miniature fruits right behind the bloom. Male flowers just have a straight straw-like base attaching them to the squash plant.
  • For late summer or fall harvests plant lettuce in shady areas of the yard, like the north side of the house, or in the garden in the shade of the corn patch.
  • Remember to water trees and shrubs separately from lawn watering. They have a much deeper and larger roots system and need more water than what lawn irrigation provides.
  • Continue removing spent blooms on flowers in the garden and pots to encourage more blossoms.
  • If you have some bearded iris that are not flowering as well as they did a few years ago, chances are they need divided and July through August are the best time to do this.

For a more complete list of summer gardening activities –go to Grapevine on Yellowstone County Master Gardener’s web site at