Posts Tagged ‘beach’

Atlantic Beach Trip 2012


A few beautiful snaps from our North Carolina beach vacation taken by Anjali

Looming clouds


BBQ buddies


Seared scallops over green bean-corn-tomato succotash with squished squash eaten on place mats OVER our in progress puzzle


Drew’s Grandmother teaches us how to make fried okra


toss cut okra with cornmeal


crisp it in a pan with vegetable oil and season with salt


another dinner eaten over the puzzle (it was a hard one ok)

The little yellow beach cottage

the boys cooked us a dinner


we heart NC


Capt. Kerk and the Mrs.


With longing for next year,





Happy End of Summer



Image: Unknown

Thank you, summer 2011.  You were a good one.

And thank you, dear readers.  Your emails and comments make us so happy.

Have a lovely long weekend and we’ll see you next fall ; )


Meatless Monday: Squished Squash


It’s Beach Week at A & O! Sarah is investigating the beaches in Fiji so we’re celebrating all things sand and sun. First up is a FABULOUS meatless addition to any summer dinner. Squished squash takes plain old yellow summer squash and turns it into a “pass the seconds” star of any dinner. Serve them along side grilled vegetables (or meat Tues-Sun), cold cucumbers doused in vinegar and fat slices of fresh tomato for an authentic Southern beach dinner.


Squished squash, tomato and cucumbers

This recipe comes from my mother in law, Janice Howerton, she learned it from her mother in law who learned it from her mother. A method more than a recipe for turning sweet and mild squash into a creamy pile of golden goo akin to mashed potatoes but lighter. We always have this dish on our Howerton-Ristine family beach vacation in North Carolina, usually twice because someone has to have it one more time before going home.


 Squished Squash

Beach Dinner 2010


I must warn you that Squished Squash is a vintage “non-recipe” that 3 generations of Howerton women have learned from cooking with each other and then “just made to taste”, not following any notes or recording amounts. Hopefully my written version will capture the same magic, don’t be afraid to just add more of this or that if you think it needs it.


Beach Dinner 2011

Beach Dinner 2011


Hope y’all enjoy it as much as we do!


Squished Squash-

Serves 6


8-10 yellow summer squash, cut into large cubes

2-5 tablespoons butter

2-5 tablespoons heavy cream

salt and pepper


Remove the top and bottom ends from the squash and cut into large chunks. Place into a large pot and cover with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water and squash and bring to a boil. Cook until the squash are soft and pierce easily with a knife. Drain very well in a colander and return the squash to the pot and place over a low heat. Add 2 tablespoons each of butter and cream and mash it up well with a potato masher. Squash should be totally mashed, no visible chunks remaining. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Don’t be afraid to add more butter and cream if needed for flavor and texture, this is a Southern dish after all. Serve warm and with love.



The Beach


by Lydia Ellison

We at Apples & Onions have been SO BUSY this spring! We have cooked and decorated our tails off for our clients and we did some celebrating on our own time too! I’m headed to my annual vacation with Drew’s family in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Beach perfection. Here’s a taste of what I’m in for…






enough said.