I dunno, does anybody LOVE zucchini? I am a vegetarian and if there were no zucchinis ever, would I notice? A favorite recipe of ours in this house is "creamy zucchini pasta"...and I substitute tomatoes and peas for 2 out of the 3 zucchinis. One is enough for one dish it seems. Then there is Garrison Keillor on the radio: "In Minnesota you have to lock your car in August. Otherwise you will come out to drive somewhere and find that somebody has given you (ditched) a huge bag of zucchini in your car."
I think zucchini is just one of those veggies that is a blank slate, you can a bunch of AWESOME things with it. And in August you do ALOT with it!
We went to Amy and Dave's farm Friday night. Holy cats we ended up with a boatload of veggies, including some zucchini FOOTBALLS. Beautiful huge, and we were ready for them.
Amy and Dave have a gorgeous farm near us, nice view, and look at the veggies down there. We had to get some peppers from our other favorite farm, Indian Creek. They had these GORGEOUS bell peppers they had grown (and I love peppers of all kinds). I wanted colors for zucchini relish, and they had purple and black. The utility peppers were totally beautiful and unblemished...and 50 cents a pound or best offer! I got a huge box of peppers for 50 cents....the black is a deep purple with a pretty wasabi green color inside....
Anyway, our history with zucchini relish is like this: one summer nearly 15 years ago, a stranger at a farmer's market, and this is totally true AND also a story like Garrison Keillor there in Minnesota, comes up, gives me a big jar of zucchini relish and a recipe. "Here is the recipe you asked for and a jar I made last week!". I had no idea who she was or what zucchini relish was, but we took it and ate it.
Her relish was all green, but I like this multi-colored many vegetable zucchini relish, it is like you go to the Indian restaurant and they put all these delightful and mysterious chutneys on the table and they are delicious...other than chopping and grating, it is VERY EASY.
My creamy zucchini pasta recipe is a little like this one, but I make mine vegan, you know? With added tomato and peas, as i say....go nuts yourself! Easy tasty!
And a good friend introduced us to this AMAZING zucchini bread recipe, it is SO yummy, and soon I will wake up the wife and we will eat some....
Saturday the wife and I went to Cass Park to bike all morning and find all the corners and spots we did not know were there before, then after, as I say, Indian Creek farm, we went to the big antiques place,,,,and I found the holy grail! For years I have wanted to find the little rolling beagle toy I had as a toddler. YEARS! And there was one...five BUCKS, perfect almost new condition, made in USA in 1967....there were 2 others, NOT in good shape, also 5 bucks, and that made me feel like I was a WINNER.
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