Saturday, July 25, 2009

Zucchini: How I love thee! Let me count the ways.

Do you remember that part in Forrest Gump when the character, Bubba, lists off all the different ways to cook shrimp? Over three or four scenes, he rattles off, "There's shrimp gumbo, shrimp creole, coconut shrimp, shrimp stew, shrimp salad..." Well, that's what I was reminded of as I picked four new zucchinis from my garden today. So, in today's post, I present to you the various ways I have used the bounty of zucchini from my garden this season.

1. Simple sauteed zucchini with garlic and olive oil

2. Summer Squash Gratin (sans cheese) from 101 Cookbooks

3. Summer Squash soup with oregano salsa from the Vegetable Soups cookbook by Deborah Madison

4. Home-made pizza with basil pesto and zucchini medallions, inspired by this recipe from

Thanks to Radhi for the blog recommendation. I love it. The Blueberry Boy Bait recipe is amazing!

5. Fried Squash Blossoms (see July 10th post)

7. Health-nut zucchini bread from the Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook by Mollie Katzen

8. Zucchini Spaghetti, inspired by another recipe from

9. Zucchini Quiche, which is actually more like a casserole than a classic quiche. This is an old family recipe from my grandpa, who also grew a ton of zucchini.

10. Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

These are the recipes I plan to make some time soon:
If anyone has any good zucchini recipes that they'd like to share, I'd be more than happy to have them. Cheers!


loringp said...

Hey Stacy!

Thanks for the zucchini recipe ideas--we've gotten a bunch of summer squash from our farm share lately, and I'm always trying to find new ways to use it. One recipe I love is The Wednesday Chef's zucchini pickles, which is here:

If you're a pickle fan, these are delicious (and also super easy!).

Hope all's well in Seattle,


Bette said...

Let a couple get REALLY big and carve them as jack-o-lanterns. They are very cool!

radhi said...

yummmm!! next time i'm at the farmer's market, i'm definitely stealing your recipe and making some blossoms!