As Promised…. The Zucchini Blog
|The Zucchini Crop =)
As you have seen in previous pictures Will’s garden produced a zucchini bush of Amazon jungle proportion this year. So large that if it hadn’t been for the insane heat this summer I think it would have over run the garden, the farm, KY, and eventually the world. But thanks to the 100+ temperatures we just had a jungle-sized bush that produced zucchinis bigger than my soccer player calves.
This thing was the zucchini plant that could. We picked around 10 LARGE zucchinis every week. Total yield of that plant is 50 zucchinis (give or take). All of those were at least twice as big as the zucchini in the grocery store.
…It’s really crazy to think that we started it from a little tiny seed back in March over spring break.
If it were a cucumber plant we would have been in a pickle,but this predicament was different. What were we to do with so many zucchini?! They were taking over like alien invaders!
Well, Will went to work on Google (one of his many talents) and dredged up some delicious recipes, and I got creative in the kitchen. Throw in some handy tips from friends on Facebook and we began to fight back!
|The Zucchini Brownies
Here is everything that we have done with the zucchini so far (there are still more zucchini coming. The plant has ‘roid rage, and doesn’t want to die, but the yield is nothing like it was, thankfully)
- Zucchini and Corn Stir Fry
- Grilled Zucchini Spears
- Zucchini Bread
- Zucchini Hash Browns…. That didn’t work.
- Zucchini Fritters
- More Zucchini Bread
- More grilled Zucchini Spears
- Several Zucchini Boats (more the size of cruise ships)
- Gluten Free Zucchini Brownies
- And we shredded up and froze quite a bit of it to make more things with later.
The Zucchini Invasion of 2012 has been an interesting one. It has taken ingenuity, hard work, and a hearty appetite, but I think that we just about have it conquered.
The other best part of the fight has been sharing and giving away the crop. That is probably Will’s favorite part. Last week I said that the first thing he does is check the garden when he gets home; he also gets equally excited to give it all away. So besides adding some spice and color to this summer’s cooking the amazon zucchini plant has been a way to experience the joy of giving. The Great Zucchini Invasion of 2012 has been a way to practically experience a part of God’s character in our everyday life.
In other news, THE WEDDING IS SO SOON!!!!
I go back to Kansas in a week to tie up loose ends, and in less than two weeks we are going to be married! In case you can’t tell I am a little excited. I twirl, bounce, giggle, smile, and then just sit there super content when I think about it!
My mom has put a lot of work into, and I think that the wedding is going to be amazing. Hopefully only a glimpse of how great our future life together will be- an appropriate kick off to all the places we will go.
Speaking of going places: tip to honeymooners everywhere: if you are going on a cruise talk to people and find out the good excursions, and then search on line for promo codes. Props to Will and “Papa” Tackett for getting our honeymoon all set up!
Lot’s of stuff happened last week. We had dinner with my Aunt and Uncle who were en route from DC to Texas. I got an infection in my foot and had to go to the doctor, and you know because my mom works for a doctor’s office I have never had to find a doctor and go through the normal check-in procedures… another quintessential life experience, like the first bee sting I got that caused the infection.
|The Couch Celebration!
Last update- WE BOUGHT OUR FIRST PIECE OF FURNITURE! A couch =). Furniture shopping is exhausting, but we got a good deal and a couch we really like. AND there were free kool-aid’s involved! We are moving a lot of stuff into our soon to be home on Sunday, so I am sure I will have pictures and excitement galore to share next week.
If you are interested in how to make all the delicious food that we made,
o I added cayenne pepper and diced red onion at the end and mixed it with brown rice.
Grilled Zucchini Spears
o There are a lot of recipes for this online. I used my grandma’s (see the link for her chocolate zucchini bread recipe) =) and added extra cinnamon. I was holding my breath when Will tried the first bite and let out a sigh of relief when he said “This is just like banana bread! I didn’t know vegetables could taste like this?!” Consequently it was his breakfast for the next two weeks.
o I did a lot of recipe perusing and then kind of made my own. It ended up being something like this:
2 cups of shredded zucchini (let it sit in a little salt for about 5-10 minutes and then strain out the excess liquid)
1/3 c flour
¼ c corn starch
Basil or Italian seasoning
1/3 c parmesan cheese
Mix it all together, spoon it onto a greased cookie sheet and press it down into patties, bake for 15 minutes at 400 and then flip them and broil them for a few more minutes. You want them to be golden on both sides.
Several Zucchini Boats
o Will’s mom made these. There is a collage of them. They had brown rice, Italian stewed tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, garlic, and feta cheese in them I know.