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[tweetmeme] From The Classic Zucchini Cookbook: 225 Recipes for All Kinds of Squash I decided to try out

Tomato Zucchini Soup

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 Small fennel bulb or 2 celery ribs, minced
1 carrot, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 ounce ham, minced (optional)
4 cups chicken broth or vegetable brother
2 cups diced and seeded tomatoes
2 cups grated zucchini
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat.  Add the onion, fennel, carrot, garlic, and ham.  (if using)  Saute until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the broth and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes

3. Add the zucchini and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer until the zucchini is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

4. Serve hot.

Serves 4

I modified things a bit…

  • I used butter instead of olive oil
  • I opted to use 5 stalks of celery instead of the fennel or 2 celery ribs
  • I forgot to buy a carrot…
  • I used about 10 cloves of garlic
  • I didn’t use ham
  • I probably used about 6 cups of chicken broth and could probably use a bit more due to all the extra stuff I added – most of it absorbed the liquid….
  • I used a 24 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • I used about 6 cups of zucchini
  • I added a 10 oz. container of sliced mushrooms
  • I also mixed in a pound of mini shell pasta

It came out really really yummy!
I highly recommend….

Do any of you have any good recipes that use ingredients from your garden?
I’d love it if you shared.
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[tweetmeme] The Weekly Re-cap: I shared pictures of Giraffes and The Brooklyn Bridge that Michael took while we were in NYC last week. I showed you the new hard wood floor that my friends helped me install.  I shared a post I had written for the On The Edge blog called My Daughter The Chi-A-Poo.  We talked about uses for baking soda and I told you how you can enter to win a 40″ Flat Screen TV!!

The Weekly “oh crap!!”: My motorcycle tire is worn down to the cords (or would it be chords??) 😦

The Weekly Food: Zucchini, mushrooms, chicken and pasta – chicken alfredo – and a BFS Little Italy Sub.

The Weekly Amazing Fact: An adult giraffe’s kick is so powerful that it can decapitate a lion!!!

The Weekly Birthdays: Jessica Westervelt, Melinda Race Myers, Jen Swartz Lawrence, Angelos Tzelepis, John Striffler, Jeremy Kenny, Faith Barr, Jeff Filby, William Pillon and a HUGE Happy 30th Birthday to Avari Tears!!  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays – leave a comment to let us know how you celebrated your special day.

The Weekly Activity: Working on the poker run – route ideas, and donations oh my!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: BurtsBees, CarolinaPad, RozInCP, FamousFootwear, Ivan_Temelkov, and WebPartners

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: No Destination’s Poker Run to benefit The Ronald McDonald House

The Weekly Countdown:
Dutchess County Fair – 3 Days
No Destination Poker Run – 7 Days
Labor Day – 16 Days
Sons of Anarchy – 17 Days
Breaking Dawn Movie Premier – 454 Days

Do you have any big plans for this weekend?

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[tweetmeme] I found this recipe in The Classic Zucchini Cookbook.
I highly recommend this cookbook, especially if you have zucchini growing in your garden.
It had a recipe for a Zesto Pasta Salad and it had a separate pesto recipe.

Pesto

Making pasta every summer is my favorite food preservation task.  There’s no boiling water to fuss with, no steaming hot stove to worry about.  The food processor takes the labor out of making pesto.  If you have a garden, or if you can buy basil in quantity from a farm stand, it’s worth setting aside some time to make pesto in quantity for the freezer.

1-1/2 cups fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
2 cloves of garlic
3 tablespoon pine nuts
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly round black pepper

1. Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor fitted with a steel blade.  Process until finely chopped.  With the motor running, slowly pour in the oil and continue to process until a paste forms.  Add the Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste; pulse to combine.

2. Let the pesto stand for at least 20 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to develop.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Note: To preserve the light green color of the pesto once you have transferred it to a storage container, cover the pesto with a film of olive oil to seal out the air.

Makes about 2/3 cup.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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I found this recipe in The Classic Zucchini Cookbook.
I highly recommend this cookbook, especially if you have zucchini growing in your garden.
There was a funny joke – Why do New Yorkers (or wherever you’re from) have to lock their car doors every August?
To keep people from filling their cars with zucchini of course!
When I told my Mother that joke, she laughed and told me that my Aunt used to put zucchini in people’s cars down in Pennsylvania.  So it’s a joke based on truth!!

My baking mess!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

1-3/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated zucchini
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease two 5×9-inch loaf pans.
2. Combine the sugar, eggs, and oil in a large bowl.  Beat until well blended.  Stir in the zucchini and vanilla
3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and baking powder.
4. Add the flour mixture to the zucchini mixture and stir just until blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
5. Bake the loaves for 1 hour, or until a tester inserted in the centers comes out clean.
6. On wire racks, cool the breads in the pans for 10 minutes.  Invert onto the racks and cool completely.

Makes 2 loaves

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This picture was taken before we combined with the pasta so you could see the main ingredients. It came out really delicious!

The pictures a little dim, but we had out first dinner with zucchini out of the garden!  Michael has worked so hard on making the garden a success.  He wrote a nice blog about things he learned from his first garden.  Check it out.

Here’s how I made dinner:

Boneless Chicken Breasts
Zucchini
Mushrooms
Butter
Chicken Broth
Garlic Powder
Beau Monde
Salt
Pepper
Pasta of choice – I used Penne

Make pasta to instructions on package.  While it is cooking do the following:

Chop up the boneless chicken breasts into cubes.  (I used 3 breasts)
Saute the chicken in some butter until they’re cooked through.
Remove from pan and cover to keep them warm.
Next saute the zucchini in the pan with butter.  Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Heat until they are soft, but remove them from the heat before they get soggy.
Then saute the mushrooms in butter. (YES, I KNOW I LIKE BUTTER!!)
Sprinkle with garlic powder, beau monde, salt and pepper.

Combine the chicken, zucchini, and mushrooms all in a pan together.
Pour in some chicken broth, about half way up the pan.  Heat until the broth is warm.
Combine with the pasta, mix and serve.

Do you have a garden?
Have you harvested anything yet?

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The Weeklies ~ Week 29

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about how to kill mosquitoes and where to get yummy cupcakes.  I taught you how to cook a yummy meal that will feed you for days.  I told you who I thought should take their shirt off in the next Twilight movie.  I relayed a story of a man who helped feed some soldiers on their way to warIsabella showed off her work ethic and I told you my strategy to find treasures at yard sales.  Finally I put up a post about my 200th blog.  There we talked about my top 3 posts to-date.

The Weekly Guest Blog Posts: For the past 2 weeks Kristi Gustafson who writes the On The Edge blog for the Times Union has been on vacation.  While she was out she had scheduled guest blogs to fill the time she was out of the office.  Michael and I were featured in the following:  What Is A Friend?My Dog Is My ChildMeet Rose Winters (AKA Dozenroses13) & Meet Michael Henry (AKA: Michael @tcrpmg) Click the links, check them out, and comment away!

The Weekly Yay: Michael and the Times Union FINALLY launched the long-overdue Biker Blog.  Check it out and leave him some comment love!

The Weekly Read: I’m working on reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

The Weekly Music: U2 – Even Better Than The Real Thing I heard the song the other day and can’t get it out of my head.  That’s not a bad thing.  I love the song!!

The Weekly Movie: Flight of the Navigator (1986)

The Weekly Time Waster: Google Chrome.  I tried using it a few weeks ago and it kept slowing down my computer and crashing.  So I stopped using it, but my Firefox kept getting hung up.  It shouldn’t take 5 minutes for a page to load.  It was worse than waiting for dial-up!  You can’t imagine how many times I was ready to throw something!  So yesterday I finally decided to uninstall Google Chrome and that seems to have been the problem!  (Yeah, I know, you’re shocked, I’m not putting any links to Google Chrome because I don’t want to encourage ANYONE to install it!!)

The Weekly Downer: There never seems to be enough time to catch up on reading all the blogs I love!

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV: Wipeout – If I want to watch people run into walls and fall on their face, I can watch myself in a mirror….

The Weekly Food: Italian Goulash, Moe’s Pulled Pork Rice Bowl, French Toast, and Potato Chips.

The Weekly Interesting Fact: In comparison to the size of its body, a Chihuahua has the largest brains among all the breeds of dogs. **

The Weekly Birthdays: John Conklin, Mike Rojas, Nadine Avery, Paul ‘Ozzie’ Cooper, Rory Woods, Wade Clark, Andy Sleurs, Rachel Armstrong, Darla Poisson, Melissa Markle, Sari Medick, Brandon Powers, Gino Balacic, Ismay Ashley, Terri Rossi, Kristi Gustafson, Yvonne Turchetti and an extra special 40th Birthday shout-out to Kerm Tristani.  I hope you all had fabulous birthdays.  Leave a comment and tell us what you did for your special day.

The Weekly Birthday Wish: Kristi Gustafson really wants an electric toothbrush 🙂

The Weekly Activity: Job search (Times Union Job Fair) and blogging.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: I created a new Twitter name GiveAwaysForYou to post up giveaway tweets so they don’t flood my Dozenroses13 feed.  Hopefully one day I’ll be posting my own giveaways.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Kristi Gustafson will be guest bartending Monday July 26 from 5:30-7:30PM at the award-winning Dale Miller Restaurant.  Dale Miller is generously donating 25% of the bar proceeds from the evening to the programs and services of Equinox, Inc. For more information please visit the event page on Facebook.

The Weekly Countdown: Michael & Angela’s photo reception: 2 Days

Weekly Grand Totals: 100+ comments on the Let’s Ride 1st post in the Times Union’s Biker Blog which Michael writes.

The Weekly Hypothetical:

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical:  If I told you Michael wanted me to go outside with him so he could “show me his zucchini.”  What would you say?

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The Weeklies ~ Week 28

108 Degrees in the sun on Thursday!

The Weekly Re-cap: I told you about my library – my Quiet Home Away From Home and the 4th of July.  I posted up my 1st poll – about your library use.  I helped a friend interpret her dreams about tornadoes and told you the history behind soap operas.  Last but certainly not least, I continued my interview series with an interview of my Mom 🙂

The Weekly Read: The Everything Blogging Book and Shift Your Habit.

The Weekly Music: EdXeno sang/rapped Vanilla Ice’s –  Ice Ice Baby during karaoke at Elda’s on Lark and it was awesome!

The Weekly Movie: We went to a pre-screened of the movie Cyrus.  It had it’s funny moments for sure, but I think they could have done more with the story to make it more interesting or humorous.  Not awesome but not bad either.
We also watched The Spy Next Door.  I always like Jackie Chan movies 🙂

Lucky

The Weekly Downer: A baby bunny falling into the pool and ending up in the skimmer 😦

The Weekly Good Karma: Michael rescuing the bunny out of the skimmer and us getting to spend and hour or two with ‘Lucky’ before we released him back into the wild.  Click the link – you know you want to!  The bunny was so cute!

The Weekly Interesting Facts: Since we met Lucky why not learn about rabbits 🙂  Rabbit facts found here.

  • A male rabbit is called a buck and a female rabbit is called a doe.
  • A rabbit can see behind himself, without turning his head, but has a blind spot in front of his face.
  • A rabbit sweats through the pads on its feet.
  • Domestic rabbits cannot breed with wild rabbits.
  • Rabbits are the most active at dawn and dusk.
  • Rabbits can jump to a height of more than 36 inches.
  • Rabbits can purr, just like a cat.
  • Rabbits cannot vomit.

The Weekly Food: Steak, Portabellas and Zucchini on the grill and Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

The Weekly OMG: I swam in my pool for the first time this week!!  This is the 4th summer I’ve owned my pool!

Yummy Coconut Birthday Cake!

The Weekly Birthdays: Ryan Jones, Erin Carlotto, Jean Languish, and Kevin Mowry.  I hope you all have wonderful birthdays!!  Leave a comment and tell me what you did to celebrate!

The Weekly Activity: Celebrating Independence DayBella & I also made a visit down to see Mom & Dad.  Dad replaced the brake pads on my truck for me.  Michael & I went out with some of the Times Union Bloggers.  We started at the Albany Pump Station and moved on to Elda’s on Lark.  A nice gathering of interesting people 🙂

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: DanielTosh, Albany_Weather, AlbanyJobs, YNNAlbany, Sue215, HunterMtn, SPAC_2010, and DeFrees.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorka’s National MS Walk.

Isabella's 1st Birthday

The Weekly Countdown: Isabella’s 3rd Birthday: 16 Days.

The Weekly Hypothetical:  You’re a gossip type – how long do you wait until a person walks out of a room to trash talk them?

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical:  What have you been doing to stay cool this week? (It was 108 degrees in the sun here today!!)

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