Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Cooking 101

My dear friend Libby (who seems to make everything from scratch due to her son's food allergies) asked me if I ever cooked.

Well, that really does depend on ones definition of "cook."

I've made it quite clear to my friends that I'm no Martha Stewart, nor do I ever aspire to be. Cooking, cleaning, making cute crafts....not my thing. BUT, it's not like we order out every night, nor do I ever serve frozen TV dinners. Last night I made some corn (frozen of course), some rice (the boil in a bag kind) and pork loin chops...browning them in a skillet with some poultry spice. I even added some basalmic wine sauce (made from some powder packet). So it' s not like I'm a total klutz in the kitchen.

But the reason my friend asked if I ever cooked was because she has a garden (gardening...yet another domestic skill I don't posses), and she had grown some HUGE zuchinni (her degree is in agriculture) that she was looking to give away.

Sure I'll take it, I said excitedly, as if I had some great plans for it.

So now it sits on my counter top, awaiting my culinary attention. I'm not even sure if I like zuchinni! Someone sent me a recipe for zuchinni bread, but I'll have more left over. Another person told me to season it and grill it...except I'd have no idea when it would be cooked thoroughly, and I'd probably end up charing the green monster.

Any other ideas of what I'm supposed to do with this oversized vegetable? Send them my way!


At 8:39 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

I, too, was priveledged to receive one of Libby's monster zuccs. :) I *did* have my own plant growing in our garden but it "up and died" on me last week and I have NO IDEA why!! We grill it by slicing it length-wise, seasoning with pepper, salt, and butter, and then wrapping it in foil to place on the grill until it's "al dente". Soft but still firm, like you want spaghetti. I have a couple of recipes for Zucc bread, too...one is Blueberry Zucchini and the other is Lemon Zucchini. Both delicious in my opinion! Otherwise, use as you would a squash or cucumber. Grate or cube into salads or spaghetti or meatloafs.

Oh, and if you had a rat...THEY LOVE THE THINGS!!! :) :) :)

At 9:13 PM, Blogger IrishMommy said...

I second Kimberly suggestion for slicing the Zucch and just salt, pepper and butter in a foil pack on the grill for about 10 minutes does the job. You need to try my bread recipe... SOOOOOO good, my husband thinks its better than dessert. If you mess up the one you have - I have 3 more jumbos sitting in my kitchen from my garden. Practice makes perfect!

At 2:25 PM, Blogger mi said...

Grilled zucchini is da bomb!! Enjoy learning a new easy method!

At 7:37 AM, Blogger Jaye said...

What I did to sneak a bit of veg into our food so my youngest (she's 20) would eat it is this: I purchased a pumpkin quick bread (I normally make my own from scratch, but I was under time constraints), put the zucchini into the food processor, added it to the mix and cut the amount of liquid needed in half. It was delish - there wasn't any left by the next day! Also works well with chocolate chip quick bread, too (had that in Idaho - YUM!). Also great grilled after you marinate it (along with other veggies, like red pepper, asparagus, etc) for about 1/2 hour in some balsamic vinegar, salt & olive oil, then toss with a pasta like bowties, spirals or penne. With some grated parmigianna reggiano, it's delish!

I love zucchini - can your friend ship them to New Jersey? Hahahahahaha!

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Carolyn said...

I like to sautee it in a pan until it's soft. Then I mix in some pico de gallo (store bought. I'm not that ambitious) and heat it through. It gives it some kick and some color.

The little kids won't eat it so it's all mine. Yay!

At 12:57 PM, Blogger BabelBabe said...

I like zucchini casserole. Hot, cold, or in-between.

if you would like the recipe, just email me (babelbabe(at)comcast.net

I don't want to clutter up your comments space with a huge recipe. it's easy but there are a lot of ingredients.


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