Monday, August 8, 2011

Attack of the Zucchini

The zucchini are taking over. I've had to cut them back again and again because they're attacking the other plants. Every time I go out to the garden I find a zucchini that I missed the last time that has grown to the size of a small child. To make matters worse our friendly neighbor gave us some zucchini from his garden. Does anyone know how to store zucchini - you know the equivalent of canning tomatoes?

Tomorrow my mom is making zucchini cookies and I'm making a zucchini, squash and ricotta galette!

Do you know what comes along with zucchini? Zucchini flowers/blossoms. Lots of them. I've noticed that the fruit only grows at the base of the plant, but as you can see from past posts we have lots of vines(?) growing off in every which direction. And these my friends produce the male-non-fruit-bearing-flowers. Did you know you can eat the flowers? Did you know that they are DELICIOUS?

A few weekends ago I went crazy. I cook zucchini chocolate muffins (if you make these cut the cocoa in half and substitute half a cup of apple sauce for half a cup of oil - trust me), zucchini potato pancakes, and stuffed zucchini flowers.

I based it off of this recipe but to make it more of a meal I cooked up and threw in half a package of italian sausage. Let me tell you these were divine! If you're going to make these pick the flowers in the morning when they're perky and open (I didn't pick them until the afternoon when they were closed and shriveled and they were hard to stuff), then place them in water to keep them fresh.




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2 comments:

Welcome to Lulu's life. said...

Grate the zucchini and freeze it.

MommyTanya said...

Thanks Lulu! I'm going to experiment tonight and take one zucchini, shred and freeze half then slice, blanch and freeze the other half. Hopefully when it's time to defrost all will be good.