Monday, August 17, 2009

Zucchini on Demand

Wow, I write a post about loving zucchini and suddenly a sackful shows up on my front porch! Thank you Jodi!

Are you suffering from Zucchini Abundance Syndrome (ZAS)?

If you are or ever have experienced one of the following symptoms you may have Zucchini Abundance Syndrome:
Do you have a zucchini plant?
Do you have more zucchini than you know what to do with?
Do you pick your vines clean just to find more zucchini ready to pick the next morning?
Have you ever grown a zucchini bigger than your arm?
bigger than your leg?
without even knowing it was there?

Some symptoms of Zucchini Abundance Syndrome may be, but are not limited to:
  • Your children and husband stop asking "what's for dinner?"
  • You sneak bags of zucchini into the fridge at church, school and your husband's work.
  • You encourage your kids to anonymously ding-dong ditch zucchini on neighbors porches.
  • You are suddenly afraid to go out to the garden.

Unfortunately there is no cure for ZAS. Typical cases of ZAS last from 4-6 weeks and all symptoms usually subside by early October. Cases range anywhere from mild to severe with most cases in the severe category. Seek immediate vegetable intervention if you have ZAS and are having thoughts of trying to sell your zucchinis to local vegetable stands or thoughts of throwing zucchinis off bridges and overpasses at unsuspecting passers-by.

The first step in recovery from Zucchini Abundance Syndrome is admitting that you have a problem. Next, apply one or all of the following Home Remedies to relieve discomfort until all symptoms subside fully. Home Remedies that may help you in your journey to recovery from Zucchini Abundance Syndrome include:
  • grate zucchini using your food processor. In quart size ziploc bags, freeze grated zucchini in 1 or 2 cup increments.
  • slice zucchini using your food processor. In quart size ziploc bags, freeze sliced zucchini mixed with sliced onion and red pepper for later use in stir-fry or vegetable dishes.
  • pickle your zucchini using Emeril's recipe
  • make zucchini cookies
  • make zucchini relish (experimental, has not been tested by author)
For more information on zucchini and ways to use it check out these zucchini books at your local library.

Per April's request, a few more zucchini recipes,

Zucchini Spice Cake
by: Dani Dooley

Tastes like carrot cake.

1 c. zucchini

In mixer bowl whisk together:
1 2/3 c flour
1 c sugar
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/8 t ground cloves

Add to mixture and combine:
the grated zucchini
1/2 T vanilla
3 eggs

While mixer is on slow speed drizzle in:
1 cup oil

Mix on high speed 1 minute to fully combine. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 pan and cook at 325 degrees fro 1 hour. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool at least 30 minutes. Frost generously with cream cheese frosting. Chill 1 hour before serving.

Mom's Zucchini Bread
(by: Heather Call)

In mixer bowl beat:
3 eggs
2 c sugar

Stir in:
1 c oil
1 t vanilla
2 c grated zucchini

In another bowl sift:
1 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
2 t cinnamon
1/4 t allspice
1/8 t ground cloves
3 c flour
1 t salt

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into two greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Glaze bread while still hot with a simple powdered sugar icing.

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