zucchini

Dear Zucchini Diary: Vegetables and chocolate

A chocolate chip slides into the cake’s crevasse. Such a fate! We’re here, friends! At the end of the squash vine. It’s been an interesting trip. It’s been sweet. It’s been savory. There’s been heartbreak and 71 Chips Ahoy! cookies. Thanks for sticking it out with me. I’ve saved my favorite zucchini recipe for last. […]


Dear Zucchini Diary: Two-try tart

Whey drains out of yogurt. I put 1 cup of yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined strainer. The liquid seeped out over two days. The first time I made this recipe, I was underwhelmed. The ricotta was just there, thick and bland. So were the summer squash medallions. The tomato sauce, however — nothing more than a […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Ready, set, salad!

The monstrous squash I used to make 71 cookies STILL weighed 2 pounds 14 1/2 ounces! Are you hungry? Like right now? For something light and vegetabley? Have about 6 pounds of summer squash in your fridge? (Erin VH takes a big step forward and raises her hand.) Lucky me! My interest in cooking squash […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Zucchini Chips Ahoy!

Remember when I warned against letting squash sit too long on the vine? This squash grew to a comical size while we were on vacation. Oops. Baking variations are tricky beasts, because most of baking is chemistry. It’s not like soup (spice it to your liking) or roasting meat (it’s done when it hits this […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Mixed success with squash gratin

Dress the gratin with this bright green sauce of oregano and parsley. It would be nice to say that Heidi of 101 Cookbooks wrote a bum recipe, but that would be a lie. I was hungry and impatient. Consequently, the potatoes in this gratin were underdone. And that’s the truth, the powdery, uncooked potato truth. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Squash side on the fly

Cook butterstick until al dente. Adding salt will help the squash release water. My culinary creativity and thrift skills were put to the test Sunday. I faced a near-empty fridge. I had just returned from a weekend getaway; my vacation hangover was waxing. And I had only a few hours before I went to work. […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Grown-up cookies

See the tiny golden flecks? There’s a vegetable in these cookies! The summer squash in this recipe is on a covert mission. Its objective: to add moisture to these not-too-sweet cookies. Mission: accomplished. I shredded the butterstick in my Cuisinart food processor using the shredding disc. Then I chopped it more using the standard food […]

Dear Zucchini Diary: Zucchini in the Zeitgeist

Big butterstick summer squash, what is your destiny? Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smelled a bunch of zucchini recipes. The summer squash plants at VHHQ are starting to produce. The crop this year may not be great. It’s been a cool summer in Madison. But I’ve already plucked a butterstick as big as my forearm and a pool […]

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