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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Attack of the Zucchini

It's that time of the year: The zucchini are taking over the garden, the farmers market, the neighbor's porch.
My boyfriend made a (fabulous and funny) film for the 48-hour film project, and at the viewing this weekend, a film in the holiday film genre examined a holiday that gardeners know well: Drop Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Day. (Google it. Apparently, it's Aug. 8.)
I picked up a monster of a squash at Findlay Market this weekend. More than a foot long (the big ones are better for baking), it yielded more than six cups shredded. What's a girl to do? Of course, I made blueberry zucchini bread. Delicious! (I didn't have any vegetable oil, so I subbed two mashed bananas. It added a nice banana flavor and didn't change the recipe too much. I also reduced the sugar to one cup and added a handful of raspberries. Plus I use white-whole wheat flour and subbed one cup oat bran and flax meal.)
This recipe made a loaf pan and a 9" cake pan.
Yum! Guilt-free baked goods!

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at 10:55 AM Blogger Eric said...

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at 10:57 AM Blogger Eric said...

Having worked at a Goodwill sorting clothes (along with unwittingly accepting soiled underwear, household garbage, and yard waste) I don't find the "hiding zucchini under clothing" gambit the least bit funny. This is a charity trying to provide a beneficial service. To take advantage of that goodwill (pun intended) is reprehensible

at 11:16 AM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Sheesh Eric! Could you please lighten up?

at 1:09 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Your zucchini bread recipe sounds de-lish! Is it in the database? I would love to make it this weekend! Also, cucumbers are in excess right now and REALLY cheap....any good recipes to use those up?

at 2:36 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Cin Twin, my recipe isn't in the database, but I'll copy it here:

3 eggs, lightly beaten (or 2 eggs, plus 1 tablespoon flax seed plus 2 tablespoons water, blended in a blender)
2 ripe bananas, mashed
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup white sugar
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour (or 2 cups white-whole wheat flour, 1 cup oat bran)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pint fresh blueberries (plus a couple of handfuls of red raspberries)
Bake at 350 in lightly oiled loaf pans until knife comes out clean.
My version is healthier and has little fat (in the omega-3s from the eggs and flax seed!)
As far as cucumbers, I'll have to dig up my French host mother's recipe for creamed cucumbers. I love them with cider vinaigrette with shallots and lots of black pepper.

at 2:58 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Clotilde Dusoulier, who writes the fabulous French foodie blog, Chocolate and Zucchini has just published a new cookbook. (Appropriately titled Chocolate and Zucchini.) Check out her website and chocolateandzucchini.com and search under recipes for a recipe for chocolate and zucchini cake.

at 3:52 PM Blogger ShannanB said...

I can testify that both sqaush and zucchini are "killers". Last year, while I was blessed with more squash and zucchini than I could handle, they took over an entire section of my garden killing all chances for my poor cucumber and green pepper plants. I learned my lesson this year and planted them all by themselves in the corner of my garden.

at 6:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a personal Chef in the city, I use a great deal of zuccini in the summer, one particular salad that I have come up with has turned into a hit, I do many versions but here is the basic and you can add from there.....

3 Large Zuccini (I remove most of the outer skin removed) and using a potato peeler shaved into ribbons

1/3 C Toasted pine nuts

Juice & zest of one lemon

1/3 cup Olive oil

Good grey salt to taste

Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Pinch celery salt

1 cup Riccota Salanta Cheese crumbled ( you can also use feta)

combine all ingredients and chill up to 1 hour or overnight.

Add grilled Chicken or Fish for a larged meal.

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