Aug 022012

*Disclaimer:  This is NOT turning into a food blog, it just so happens that it is harvest time in the Northwoods so I can’t help myself.*


When Rick & I went to the farm on Sunday to check on the Popcorn and Sunflowers (both doing fab, BTW), the young man that was working for the CSA asked us if we wanted a couple of zucchini’s.

Rick looked to me for the answer.  After 21 years of marriage, I had never made the man zucchini.  Don’t ask me why, but the veggie just never presented itself to me.  And, to my surprise, Rick has never had zucchini before.  In. His. Life.  GASP !

Myself, growing up in the country with a HUGE garden, naturally this veggie crept it’s way into the crop.  So not wanting to scare the hubby away with this lovely food, I immediately thought of the one recipe that Mom made with it:  Zucchini Bars.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have her recipe.  Big bummer.  So I turned to the interwebs in search of one that came close to the “taste” of hers. Then I had to find another recipe for the piece de resistance:  Cream Cheese Frosting.  You simply can not have Zucchini Bars without Cream Cheese Frosting.  Mom made the best, but alas, I didn’t have that recipe either.


After much searching, I found what I wanted.  The batter for the bars looked more like bread dough when I finished mixing it, but puffed up nice and moist in the oven.  The frosting was a little on the thin side, but the flavor was… good.  Not like Mama used to make, but delightful none-the-less.

And Rick’s reaction?

If I don’t take some of it to work, I’m afraid he’s going to eat the whole pan.


PS.  What is your favorite food to make with Zucchini?

PPS.  Do you have a go-to Cream Cheese Frosting that you can share?  Pretty please??

PPPS.  Please do not drop off your overabundance of Zucchini on my deck.  But I will take tomatoes.  LOTS of tomatoes.


  8 Responses to “Recipes, Yes. Zucchini’s, No.”

Comments (8)
  1. I love to add Zucchini to food! I use 1/~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooney2 zucchini & 1/~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooney2 ground turkey in my meatloaf, and zucchini bread & bars are yummy too! I was reading somewhere that someone had made zucchini chips – I don’t think I would like that… to much water in them to make a good chip 🙂 Glad to hear he enjoyed his first Zucchini bar!

  2. I am astonished that Dad has never had zucchini before! I love it!

  3. Dehydrated zucchini chips with cinnamon sugar maybe….

  4. Yeah, the things I learn after all these years…

  5. Ask and ye shall receive.I have no idea where I got this recipe from but my family (who hate zucchini) will gobble it up. I have to beat them back with a wooden spoon til I get my piece.

    Zucchini Bread

    2 cups Bisquick baking mix
    1 ½ cups grated zucchini
    ¾ cup sugar
    ¼ cup vegetable oil
    3 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp nutmeg
    ½ cup chopped nuts

    Heat oven to 350˚. Grease, bottom only, of loaf pan. Beat all ingredients together and pour into pan. Bake until done, 50 to 55 minutes.

    To test for doneness:

    Stick toothpick into center, if it comes out clean, it is done,

  6. Thanks Kelly! Sounds yummy and looks super simple to make!!

  7. Zucchini Bread, of course- the Christmas gift giving kind!! Also whats good is zucchini sliced, dipped in beaten egg and then seasoned bread or cracker crumbs, then fried in olive oil, wonderful stuff that is! Or sliced down the long way, so you have ‘boats’, scoop the seeds out, and fill with any kind of stuffing or meat and veggie combo you may like. My great grandma even used to chunk it up and put it in hamburgur pie, another way to get us kids to eat our veggies. You can do damn near anything with zucchini. And by the way, i would love your bar recipe, it sounds lovely!

  8. My Mom used to fry up cucumbers with egg and flour. Guess it would be just a good with zucchini! (I’ll get the bar recipe to you ya!)

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