Sunday, September 27, 2015

Summer Squash Sloppy Joes

This was pretty good and I realized that when we added the buns, cheese, a glass of milk we had almost a complete meal...technically hitting all 4 food groups if you include tomato as a fruit. :) I ended up adding a little bit of vinegar and brown sugar for some extra kick. The great news is that kids wouldn't likely realize that vegetables are in it if you shred the vegetables like I did. It became a great series of leftovers for the week for the teenager too. :)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Summer Squash and Corn Chowder

Another weekend of "what the heck to do with all this squash and zucchini" and more Pinterest browsing. So I chose another soup that I cooked in a stockpot over an hour or 2 and added chicken (and zucchini) since my boys "need" meat. :)  Good recipe for a chilly Sunday night.

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Coconut Bread

I'm pulling double zucchini duty today. The first is a corn zucchini chowder (see other blog) and for dessert, this super delicious bread is more like a cake loaf; chocolate chips make everything irresistible. And--it turned out beautifully even in high altitude here in Colorado.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pulled Pork

Last year, my hubby brought home 350+ apples that he and the teenager picked. After freezing some, creating many, many apple dishes, making applesauce, apple bbq sauce and apple butter, I'm finally down to a handful of jars of apple butter and bbq sauce. So I began to peruse Pinterest and came across this recipe. The hubby and I both agreed, it is possibly the best bbq pulled pork we've ever tasted. If you try any recipe that I have tried, this one is a MUST! So grateful to those cooks who are creative and post to the internet for people like me to try. :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles

Not quite sure why I picked a Monday night for decadent treats, but hey--it was Monday, need I say more? lol  Oh, and, I had cream cheese that I needed to use. Well, these sinfully delicious cookies got packaged up and sent to hubby's office asap this morning because I have been making certain members of our household "too fat". Haha. And, I did just make an amazing pan of zucchini least I think I did...I know I put the zucchini in the batter...sure couldn't find it when it came out of the oven. ;)  I will say, these giant cookies (or mini-pies) were just a tiny bit more effort than I wanted to put into baking. So, as yummy as they were, I probably will keep it for a special occasion and not just because it's Monday. :)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sweet Potatoes Mashed

I know fall isn't until September 23rd, but I had sweet potatoes that I needed to use, so I decided to make this recipe from an insert in one of my Food Network Magazines. I've eaten mashed sweet potatoes many times, but this was my first time making it for myself (and my hubby). The Teenager, however, does not like sweet potatoes, so he's getting his own pan of mashed red potatoes. Tonight, the main dish is grilled ribs--a manager's special that was already pre-marinated with a honey chipotle sauce and grilled corn on the cob. I would say Sunday nights are our awesome dinner night, but since cooking is our hobby, every night seems to present itself with delicious treats. :)

White Chicken Chili with Zucchini

So, the day before I raised the white flag on our plethora of zucchini, I made this wonderful dish from Eating Well.  I ended up using chicken thighs (instead of ground tukey) and added yellow squash. It was a deliciously different flavor. I think I would love to make something like it again, only next time I would add taco seasoning (which would make it off-white?). :) Anyway, big thumbs up from my boys. :)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

How to Freeze Zucchini

Saturday's harvest was so big, I finally gave up on recipes and cut to the chase....for now...and according to my hubby, I may end up having to do again next weekend. But, at least we have a great start on soup veggies for the winter :)

Zucchini Brownies

After today's zucchini harvest, I'm raising the white flag. I ended up blanching 6 bags of yellow squash and zucchini for this winter's soups. However, I did end up making zucchini boats for the grill and these zucchini brownies first. Pretty straightforward and easy to hide if you have family who won't eat their vegetables. :)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Zucchini Pizza Crust

I really went out on a limb for dinner last night, but, since we seem to have an endless supply of zucchini right now, 8 cups didn't seem to be too much for this zucchini pizza crust. It was easy to make, but I recommend drying it out even more if you can. It took about twice as long to bake as was recommended, but maybe I made the crust too thick and it could also have been the altitude. It still turned out amazing. I used leftover london broil cut up into small bits as well as broccoli (from our garden), mushrooms, tomatoes and red onions. I will likely make this one again if we still have too much zucchini in a couple of weeks.

Molasses Zucchini Bread

Holy moly! Jason keeps bringing in more and more zucchini, so it looks like I'm going to be busy blogger for the next couple of weeks. Yesterday, I used my "Baking at High Altitude" cookbook and made Zucchini Bread. I have to say, it's probably the best sweet bread I have ever made. Even Jason says he can't get enough. I will probably end up making more and freezing it for holiday gifts. Every recipe in this book is amazing--the Muffin Lady wins again. :)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta

I'm going to just copy the text from the London Broil post....both were delicious but can be summed up in one paragraph. :) 

Food Network had a great marinated london broil and needed a great side dish. And, since we have SO much zucchini, (if I don't end up freezing some), I've been using Pinterest to try to get creative. It was amazing. Tasted like we went out to a 5 star restaurant but managed to keep our money in our pockets. smile emoticon We also added my favorite merlot and his favorite craft IPA beer. Tonight it's pizza with a zucchini crust and I have zucchini bread (with molasses) in the oven....more blogs to come. :)

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Marinated London Broil

So yesterday's random choice meat brought to you by "hubby surprises" was london broil. Food Network had a great marinade and I ended up broiling (rather than grilling). And, since we have SO much zucchini, (if I don't end up freezing some), I will use Pinterest and try to get creative. Last night I paired the London Broil with One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta (see next blog). Tasted like we went out to a 5 star restaurant but managed to keep our money in our pockets. :)  We also added my favorite merlot and his favorite craft IPA beer. Tonight it's pizza with a zucchini crust and I have zucchini bread (with molasses) in the oven....more blogs to come. :)