Appalachian Food

Chitter’s Summer Scramble

frying pan full of goodness

As we planned a recent all day hike Chitter volunteered to take care of our dinner for us. She said “I’ll pack up something easy and quick to cook and it’ll be really good.”

She diced up peppers, onions, squash, zucchini, and ham and threw it all in a ziplock bag sprinkling the mixture well with her favorite seasonings. She added butter and garlic to another bag, grabbed a frying pan and declared dinner was taken care of.

In the proceeding days I’d noticed Chitter eating the veggie ham scramble for her dinners. Sometimes she’d scramble eggs to go along with it and other days she’d eat it by itself.

We took along a bag of tortilla chips to eat with ours and it was so tasty. I just couldn’t get over how good it was. I told Chitter “Now I know why you’ve been making this every day for a week!”


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    September 16, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    I fix that with some kind or another of sausage kindly like Eckrich, etc. Gives a real good flavor to it! If you care for bell pepper that makes a real nice addition to it too.

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    Janet Hutchinson
    August 29, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    I was just learning (I think) which is Katie and which is Corie, and now…who is Chitter and who is Chatter?

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      September 3, 2021 at 11:40 am

      Janet-Corie is Chatter and Katie is Chitter 🙂 My niece gave them those names years ago because they like to talk a lot!

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    Ed Ammons
    August 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    I was going to tell you about how I fix my yellow crookneck squash. I take a big one, cut off its head and neck and slice it the long way. Then I turn it and slice it again. What you got? Fries! Squash fries!
    If the seeds are too developed those fries are discarded. They are good too but are fragile and will come apart. I beat up an egg and coat them in it then drop them in a plastic container into plain corn meal with lots of salt and black pepper. I shake them off then fry them in a cast iron skillet, preheated to medium high with enough oil to float them. I let them swim until they get a dark tan then drain them and put them on paper towels to soak up the remaining oil.
    I might have to add a little salt if they didn’t get enough from the coating. Other than that I add nothing else. Fast food fries need catsup in order for me to eat them. Squash fries need nothing else!

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    Donald Wells
    August 23, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Chitter’s Summer Scramble, looks delicious, I wish I had a big plate of it now.My wife told me to take a cold tater and wait,supper will be ready soon LOL.l’m with you Katie, you find something you like to eat, stick with it.

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    August 23, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Looks delicious! Nothing like fresh vegetables in the summer!

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    August 23, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    That looks so good. And healthy to. We do something similar to it, we use chicken instead of ham. Love it.

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    Sallie the apple doll lady
    August 23, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Great idea! I would have to add onion. I’ll just bet it’s better when cooked in an iron skillet over an open flame in the woods than inside on a stove. It’s nutritious and with added iron from the skillet as well. Aren’t you proud of your girls?

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    Sharon Cole
    August 23, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I have cooked this veggie combo for the last few years. I don’t add the ham as we are vegetarians – but try to have some kind of protein with it. Eggs are always a good choice. Really enjoyed this video. The woods are beautiful. When I see those ferns it reminds me of my mother. When I would buy ferns for our front porch she would tell me when she was a girl they would go to the creek bank and dig the ferns up & plant in their yard. Enjoy you & your family so much!

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    Steve Cox
    August 23, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Name is Steve Cox. We have briefly met a couple of times, I have you some seeds a few years back.
    I am a Master Gardener in Florida and am putting together a presentation for our Speaker Bureau (talks to the public) on raises bed gardening.
    You had a picture of a very simple bed using fallen logs. I would very much like to use it in the presentation as an example of a simple but effective bed. Could you share the pic? If you can would send me a copy by email.

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      August 23, 2021 at 6:16 pm

      Steve-I’ll send some your way 🙂

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    Ed Ammons
    August 23, 2021 at 11:49 am

    “Summer Scramble” Sounds like a dirt bike race. Sounds like fun.

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    August 23, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Yum! Saw that dinner on your YouTube channel!! Very sweet that your daughter would prepare that meal! Great way to eat your garden veggies!!

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    August 23, 2021 at 9:26 am

    That does look delicious!! I have some ham in the fridge so I may try that dish. I do prefer to saute my vegetables and this summer I have become a big fan of spiraling my zucchini. I do make zucchini bread but if I just cook the zucchini fresh to eat, from now on it will be spiraled cut and sauteed. I’m sure you had a wonderful hike.

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    Bill (GoodGriefLouise)
    August 23, 2021 at 8:55 am

    It’s a blessing to have children that are responsible and can actually do things for themselves and then do things for others. Especially their parents. What a sweet gesture. It’s a testament to her upbringing.

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    Margie G
    August 23, 2021 at 8:39 am

    That Chitter is a survivalist and naturalist! I think she could make it in the woods or wilderness if she had to. The dinner sounds tasty, fresh, nutritious and just plain satisfying!!! I hope you had an awesome day in the wild!

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    Ron Stephens
    August 23, 2021 at 8:30 am

    It certainly looks tasty and colorful, a one skillet meal. Chitter reminds me of our daughter. When they go camping she makes menus, bags things up separate, etc. In other words, she plans it out thoroughly. She is an organized organizer. Me, not so much.

    You all are blessed to have four generations of strong family ties now. I know you all know it but I like to notice other people’s blessings as well as my own. It gives me room to grow. I’m not very good at it but I’m trying.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 23, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I eat things like that and they are delicious. When I was growing up I never saw squash that wasn’t fried or boiled, both cooked to a mush. Now I never boil them. Lightly sauteed or baked is the way to go and no flour. That pan full of veggies looks wonderful to me….Go Chitter!

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    Debra B
    August 23, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Hello this Summer Scramble looks delicious
    What are the seasonings used?
    Thank you for your time

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    Ray Presley
    August 23, 2021 at 7:40 am

    I saw Chitter deliver those ziplock bags full of freshly chopped veggies and ham. That, along with Matt’s crackling fire in the woods and the happy family gathering, was a welcome sight.
    Tipper, you could sell tickets to such an event!

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    Carol Roy
    August 23, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Looks delicious…..must try that.

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