It's that time of year: zucchini for dinner

It's that time of year: zucchini for dinner

Last week, I found myself staring in to the shady underside of my zucchini plant, wondering what on earth was taking so long.

When my mom offered to give me a zucchini this weekend, I accepted because I'd gotten nothing from my own plant.

Last night, I pulled three huge zucchinis from the backyard and realized I needed to start researching some recipes. Guess what's for dinner tonight?

One of my favorite zucchini applications is to slice it thin lengthwise, coat it with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill it. I'm also a sucker for zucchini bread. But it's too hot to grill or bake, so I needed some other ideas.

I'm keeping Nick Wondra's treat-zucchini-like-noodles idea in mind, but I also found some promising-looking recipes via Pinterest.

Side note: Pinterest is a cool, new-ish site that lets you collect photos from around the Internet and post them on virtual boards. It's supposed to be like tearing photos out of magazines. I've found it really useful for compiling DIY projects I'd like to try, and of course, dog-related things that I can't resist. It also links back to the original source, so it's easy to figure out where the photos came from – and to find delicious-looking recipes. I'm enjoying it.

Back to the zucchini: My tomatoes are lagging, so both Nick's idea and this recipe for braised zucchini aren't quite possible yet. (Soon, though. When all my green tomatoes ripen, I'm going to have them coming out my ears. I can't wait.)

I'm thinking that either the zucchini fritters or this zucchini-almond saute will win out tonight. Maybe I'll make them both.

I'd still love to blog your favorite garden-produce recipes, if you want to comment with them or email me.

Photo from this Flickr page.



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carolthilmony wrote on July 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

Whoa!! Since Sunday two giant ones grew while I was looking elsewhere. I'm about to grate them and save for cake or bread when the temp goes down. When one squash feeds a family of 4 I have 1 3/4 squash too many.

Meg Dickinson wrote on July 12, 2011 at 11:07 am
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Maybe it's time for this blog to sponsor a squash giveaway!