7.23.2006

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I have gathered you here today to discuss a topic that had become near and dear to my heart as of late.



That's right ladies, today we are going to talk about...ZUCCHINI. This spring I planted the garden for my husband. He was working on our fence to keep the kiddies in and asked if I would take on his normal job of planting the garden. BIG mistake! When I think of a garden, I think of tons of huge, beautiful plants that occupy the entire thing. I DON'T think about all of the produce that I will inevitably have to harvest, cook and eat...not to mention getting my kids to eat. I planted THREE zucchini plants. Which is why I have a mountain of zucchini on my countertop. There are still several zucchinis (by that I mean seven) in the garden that have yet to be picked.

Zucchini has started to occupy EVERY meal at our house. I have shredded it for pancakes, breads and fritters. We have had zucchini in linguini, alfredo, and lasagna. We have served it raw with ranch and fried with bacon. I am going to try my hand and grilling zucchini steaks tonight. I have found many ways to use it like meat. For a brief moment last Thursday when I made hot fudge, I wondered if you put sugar on zucchini if it acted like strawberries and made a syrupy topping to put on ice cream. I think I even had a nightmare about zucchinis last week.

Do you think Iron Chef takes donations?

20 comments:

Valarie said...

you can always leave some on your neighbors' doorsteps in the middle of the night.

Nikkie said...

That is just hysterical. I remember growing up my mom and dad had the great zuccini problem. We ended up giving a lot of it away. by the end of the summer we were sure tired of it!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

My friend Lisa used to make chocolate cake with her zucchini. Oh yeah - it was good.

Char said...

Shred it and freeze it. Then throw it away several months from now. Somehow the guilt is not as great then.

Carrie said...

I second the motion to shred and freeze it. Use it to make zucchini bread at Christmas or for other things in the winter. My mother-in-law uses her zucchini in place of noodles in lasagna sometimes. She just slices and layers it instead of noodles. Last alternative, leave it on your neighbors' doorsteps as stated above.:)

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Funny! Last year my dad had a friend at work that kept loading us up with HUGE zucchini's! I made so many zucchini breads... I don't want to think about it! Then I made zucchini cookies (from a carrot cookie recipe I had, with yummy cream cheese walnut frosting) I must say they were VERY tasty!

Give 'em away- that's what everyone does around here! (we also shredded it and froze it, too.)

txmommy said...

zucchini is a curse and a blessing! Good luck getting rid of it!

beth said...

Well, when I started this I was thinking, "wow, I love zucchini. Why would she not be happy to have lots of it? She can make bread." NOw I see I have no idea what I am talking about. I like the idea of leaving it on people's door steps in the wee hours.

Charla said...

Oh, that's too funny!!! LOL My parents both love Zucchini. They usually cut it up and fry it! I've never tried it myself, but they love it! I'm with the other girls, your best bet is to give it away! :) That post is too cute though! TTYL
Charla

abc momma said...

If only you were my neighbor...I would take a few off your hands. Good luck!

Jen3 @ Amazing Trips said...

Yum, I love zucchini. I'd recommend giving some away to neighbors (we just today gave away 30 avocados to various neighbors), grilling what you've got ... and/or ... doing a zucchini/tomato stew. Just chop it up, add some canned tomatoes, a little salt-n-peppa and presto.

The only time I tried to grow zucchini, I had one. It was the size of a small pickle and the worms got to it before it was even ripe.

brandi ginn said...

I could only WISH to have that problem. We planted our garden Mother's day weekend because here in CO that's what they recommend since there is a tendency of late spring snow. Well that was just before we had RECORD BREAKING heat in June. Two weeks after the first planting (which was actually before mother's day) not ONE plant was starting to come up...NOTHING. And yes, I was watering. So we started over and tried again. This time my husband did the planting. Basically the garden didn't start growing until July because it was so hot in June. And now he's hooked up the irrigation so it's helped a lot and the plants are going nuts. But we only have ONE zuccinni plant. We have like 5 cucumber plants (i'm very worried about those) and 5 watermelon plants (worried about those too--big time worried because both those plants are in the same bed--that may have been a bad idea...can you tell I'm not a gardner?)

So far though, not one tomato, green pepper, cucumber, watermelon, or zuccinni actually has a vegtable/fruit growing on it. I see a few flowers here and there but no produce.

it's very discouraging

EmmaSometimes said...

hehe. I just opened my door this morning at 6am to a zuccini covered door mat. I love it. My other neighbor also grows kiwis. Nothing like finding two 18 egg sized cartons full of kiwi on your porch. (YUMMY!!)

I have a FABULOUS recipe for bread if you are interested..I have to dig it out.

I'm drooling over jen3's 30 avacados. (avacado trees take 70 years to produce edible fruits)

Dawnyel said...

My aunt makes brownies and cake with zucchini....I LOVE it that way...I hope you can come up with other methods for using it! :)
BTW....you could ALWAYS find an unlocked car and stow a few there! >:)

utmommy said...

I know all about the zucchini problem. We try to get creative, but it sounds like you do too! Good luck trying to figure something out.

aquamarine said...

Maybe you could slice them kinda thick and try pickling them?

Beck said...

Do you have that chocolate zucchini cake recipe? It's really good and has chocolate chips on top. Seriously, I could live off that.

Sketchy said...

Do you ship to Pennsylvania? I have no room for a garden here and the bunnies and deer (I live IN town btw) would eat it up even if I tried. I sooo miss my garden this time of year! (now the planting, weeding that I didn't miss!)

Michelle said...

OH NO! But so funny!

Stephanie said...

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