What To Do With Late Season Monster Squash

There is perhaps nothing more tender and delicate than a zucchini. Except, perhaps, when the zucchini in question is a late season, enormous, oblong monster akin to something out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Anyone who’s ever grown zucchini knows that there comes a point, if your crop is successful, when you turn your head for a second and look back to find one of these mammoths pulling on the vine, half-hidden (creepily) between gigantic green leaves.

RECIPE: David Rosengarten’s Linguine with White Clam Sauce

The combination of dried pasta and clams is a staple all over southern Italy. But the dish is usually different from what we see here in two significant ways. First of all, though Italian-American restaurants almost always choose linguine for clam sauce, in Italy you are much more likely to be served spaghetti with clam sauce; the Italians claim it holds the sauce better, and they may be right.

COOK: Vito’s Tomato Salad

Photographer and writer were there to research and, ahem, eat as they interviewed and photographed David for an upcoming article for our regular column “In the Kitchen With.”