Saturday, June 11, 2011

Veggie Garden Update - June

Remember what we started with?

Now we have this!

My pretty tomato structure was falling after much research are now trying the stakes.  I had to stake the structure to keep the heavy tomato vines from toppling it over.  The squash are producing like crazy.  Ready for some tomato's.  I planted all heirloom this year and am going to try to save seeds to plant next year.

Squash...zucchini in the back and yellow in front...along with a stray tomato plant that I put in this pot.

See the little tomato's!

A yellow squash..almost ready to be picked.

So while I am waiting on more veggies besides zucchini I headed to the local Farmers Market this morning.
These are some of the goodies I came home with.

And made a get well farmers basket for a friend.

I took the shot of the basket before I added some basil, parsely, and rosemary from my garden...Oh well.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Zucchini are here!

The zucchini are coming in!  I planted 6 plants and it's more than I can eat.  I am desperately searching for how many ways to prepare zucchini.  Did you ever notice that one day zucchini are small and the next day they look like a baseball bat?

So far we have had:
Zucchini Squash Cakes with marinara sauce (recipe from my friend Karen D)
6 medium/large squash (grated and squeeze ALL the water out)
1 sweet onion minced
1 1/2 c breadcrumbs
1 1/2 c Parmesan cheese (grated)
2 eggs (beaten)
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Make the cakes into patties that are kind of flat for more crispy cakes
Bake in oven at 350 for 30 minutes (flip after 15 min) on parchment paper. 

Next we had the Traditional fried way
Slice zucchini - dip in buttermilk - dip in flour - then fry.

Today I baked Zucchini Bread using a recipe I have had for ages from a friend Vicki E.
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 cups zucchini (or more)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts

Bake at 350 for 55 minutes for a loaf.
If making small loaves cook for 30 minutes

Combine and cream eggs, sugar, and oil
Then combine and add alternately with zucchini, - flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, baking powder
Add Vanilla and walnuts last.

I wonder what zucchini salsa would taste like?  Anybody in blogger land have a good zucchini salsa recipe?