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Old 05-04-2007, 02:48 PM
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So you have excess tomatoes and zucchinis. What do you do?!

Me? Tomato sauce, sundried tomatoes and zucchini bread.
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Old 05-12-2007, 09:05 AM
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My Father's girl friend taught me a dish she called "zucchini mush" It tastes better than it looks or sounds...

I would grate 8-10 zucchini and put them in a large fry pan over medium high heat. sprinkle with a little salt and let it cook down to a mush.. Drain the zucchini through a sieve or colander, pressing out all the liquid. Melt some butter to coat the frypan, and sautee two-three cloves of garlic. Add the zucchini mush back to the pan and cook in the garlic butter mixture till coated and fragrent. Add a good quality grated parmesean or romano cheese to the zucchini as it cooks. It will become mushy like mashed potatoes when it's all done. Add salt and pepper to taste. It's a creamy, savory way to serve zucchini. This feeds 4-6 as a side dish.
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Old 05-12-2007, 09:44 AM
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Hey that sounds good may just try it once I am on my feet again
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Old 05-12-2007, 11:10 AM
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Here is a zucc recipe I LOVE. Just made it last night. It came from the back of the Heartland whole wheat rotinni pasta box:
1 lb pkg rotini, cooked (I use about 1/2 lb)
1/4 C exta virgin olive oil
3 C zucchini, sliced
2 C mushrooms, sliced
1 C yellow onion, diced
2Tbsp fresh garlic, diced
1Tbsp basil leaves
1 Tbsp oregano leaves
3 C Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1/2 C Parmesan cheese grated
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400. Cook pasta. Meanwhile heat olive oil in large skillet & saute zucchini, mushrooms, onions, garlic & spices for 8 Min. Mix veg. Mixture with hot "al dente" pasta in large casserole dish. Top w/ Mozz & Parm cheeses. Bake 10 - 15 min. or until cheese melts & browns well. 10 side dish portions.
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Old 05-12-2007, 03:28 PM
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Both of those sound great!
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Zucchini Brownies

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13
inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla
until well blended. Combine the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking soda and
salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Fold in the zucchini and walnuts.
Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies spring
back when gently touched.

I added the zucchini to the wet ingredients before adding the dry ingredients.
It's a very thick batter, but it turns out very moist. They are more like cake than
brownies, but it's very yummy!
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Old 05-12-2007, 04:29 PM
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Wow! These sound fantastic!
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