Sunfield Community Garden Manager
One of the most fun places to eat in Austin is Threadgill’s. Known for southern comfort cooking and live music, it’s a must-see for Austin visitors. A visit there can give you an idea of what Austin was like in the 60’s and 70’s, when cowboys and hippies strolled the streets together in a haze. From how people talk about Threadgill’s, I am pretty sure Janice Joplin still sleeps on a cot in the kitchen.
In my opinion, no Thanksgiving would be complete without a couple of casserole dishes filled with veggies, some kind of creamy stuff and something crunchy on top. This year my husband and I are making the requisite green bean casserole with green beans from the garden. But I wanted to add something to our Thanksgiving menu with a Texan flare, because we are heading out to Big Bend National Park for a Thanksgiving vacation. So we will also be “fixin” a spicy San Antonio Squash Casserole, made famous by Threadgill’s.
This year at Sunfield I was not able to grow many summer squash with the exception of a Mexican summer squash called Tatume. The little bush summer squashes all succumbed to powdery mildew, squashive borers and cucumber beetles. The Tatume grew a really big vine, really fast, so it outran the bugs and the diseases, and produced a lot of fruit along the way. I plan to use the Tatume for the casserole. We also had an incredible harvest of peppers, including Tabasco, Ancho, Poblano and cayenne that I will use for this dish too!
What are some of your favorite dishes to make at Thanksgiving? Share your recipes with us.