Archive for June 10th, 2009

Squash that

I’m drowning!  In zucchini, that is.  It’s a good thing that I love zucchini or I’d be tempted to start pulling the plants up!  Instead, I’m just pulling my hair out.

This was the first weekend of zucchini (after giving away several to the neighbors and before making 2 days of zucchini filled dinners):


Uh huh.  Now you see why I’m feeling a tad insane.  I canned all night and ended up with this:


Yep.  That’s more zucchini waiting to be canned behind those 14 jars. 

But I have found a wonderful NEW recipe!  Those lemony yellow jars in the center are Lemon Zucchini Cream.  OMG!  It is so freakin’ good!  Supposedly, it tastes like lemon curd but with a different texture.  Unfortunately, I’ve never gotten around to trying lemon curd, and I can’t tell you whether it does or not.  All I can say is it tastes delicious!  I think I’m going to have to make a lemon cake and use this as the frosting.  Mmmm…or lemon bars.  It’s pretty easy to make too and although the recipe is for canning, you could just make about half of the recipe and keep it in the fridge. 

For some reason, the English knock-off recipes appeal to me when it comes to zucchini.  Those 3 jars on the left are my version of Branston pickle which is apparently a relish that they put on sandwiches in Brittain.  All I know is my bastardized version (I don’t put the spices in and I only use 3 veggies) is amazingly awesome on sandwiches.  I just use equal parts brown sugar and apple cider vinegar with a dollop of lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons per cup of brown sugar) and a dash of salt as a brine to cook zucchini, bell pepper, and onions.  It smells up the whole house, but if you love pickles or sauerkraut, make some!  I kept almost a quart of it out of the canning process and just popped it in the fridge.  It’s better everyday it sits in there!

The kids even took some zucchini home, but I’ve still got tons to can.  Blondie was eating it raw and she helped me make a savory pie for dinner using some of it. 



We made a sweet pie out of the last of the berries too, and she and Savvy made pie crust animals and hearts that they sprinkled with sugar to snack on.  Blondie wasn’t sold on the savory pie for dinner, but then again, what does she know?  She dresses like this:


I would laugh but that’s MY HAT she’s wearing.  You can’t tell from the look on her face, but she put that ensemble together all on her own despite me telling her she looked like a gypsy that’s escaped from the Arctic Circle.  You just gotta love kids.  🙂


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