A few years ago before she moved away to Ohio Becky and I had made a friendly wager about when her boyfriend would propose - which I lost (but they are happily married!) - and therefore had to cook dinner for her and another friend. She chose my zucchini-cabbage-bean fritter as one of the dishes I made. I should have remembered she loved zucchini! So, I did what any self-respecting blogger would do when faced with a request from a friend. I rallied the troops! Here are some favorite zucchini recipes* from Food Bloggers Network members (in no particular order):
This reminds me of a funny story from my Italy days. I used to teach English at a local language school. None of the students wanted me as their teacher because I spoke "American" and not "English." That's right, I had no idea I spoke "American" until I moved to Europe. I got so accustomed to this that I developed a trick for getting students to stick with me instead of switching to one of the British instructors. I'd begin by telling them, "OK, well, you're stuck with me for today, but you can switch tomorrow if you don't like my class. Let's work on some common words..." and I'd go through all the Italian words that I knew were more similar to my "American" way of speaking. "OK, so you live in an appartamento, right? We say apartment. But, you want to learn "English" so they would say "flat." And to get to your apartment you take the acensore, which is an elevator in the US, but a "lift" in England. And let's say you're hungry - you go to the market and buy some zucchini and arugula - yes, we say it just like in Italy - oh, but right, in the UK they say "courgette and rocket." And I would go on like that for the entire first class with a huge list of words on the board. I never had a single student go through with it and actually switch. Sneaky, I know, but I did love my students. OK - back to the courgettes! Er... zucchini...
Zucchini and Jalapeno Cookies with Sweet Lime Glaze from Kristin at Baker Bettie
Thom has been asking me repeatedly if I've had his mother's Zucchini Boats. I have not. I'm thinking this means he wants me to get the recipe and make them.
Oh, zucchini blossoms! How I love you so! I can't wait to grow my own zucchini just for the blossoms. I have another story about working with an Italian chef to make zucchini blossom fritters, but I think that needs to wait until I can remake the recipe!
And here are some of my recipes using zucchini:
So go ahead and bookmark this post - no zucchini will ever go bad in your fridge with all this creative inspiration from the Food Bloggers Network!
*All recipes and photos linked with written permission of the blog owner. To find more recipes from FBN members click on the Food Bloggers Network tab at the top of this website and type a keyword in the search box.