Chocolate Walnut Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Walnut Zucchini Bread
We are picking zucchini and summer squash EVERYDAY and and have much to share.  It would be a shame if I didn't put some of it up into moist and sweet zucchini bread to enjoy now and later.  It's perfect to have ready for drop in family and friends, for those grands who walk in the door asking for a ... Read More

Chocolate-y Glazed Chocolate Zucchini Cake : Gluten, Dairy and Refined Sugar Free

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

My dear friend Sheila shared her Mom’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe with me years ago.  It’s moist, fudge-y and rich!  But Sheila, like many other friends have since gone gluten-free choosing to go more clean with their diets by using less dairy and sugar. I had been staring at our gigantic zucchini dreaming of her Zucchini Chocolate Cake all week. … Read More

Zucchini Almond Muffins : Gluten & Dairy Free

Zucchini Almond Muffins

In the midst of preserving the harvest, putting up Garlic Chili Pickled Green Beans and making homemade sauerkraut with these humongous garden fresh cabbages…. our Portland kiddo’s with their fun little guy Gideon along with his little sister, (whose name I cannot disclose because she’s still a bun in the oven) paid us a visit. We had so much fun … Read More

Zucchini-Rice Soup with Basil and Parmesan

Zucchini-Rice Soup with Basil and Parmesan

Lately I’ve been cooking from the cookbook The Flexitarian Table by Peter Berley.  The title caught my eye and then drew me in when I learned the author was the former chef of an all vegan New York restaurant and teaches vegetarian cooking classes.  He and his wife are flexitarians, but they have 2 daughters with opposite food preferences.  One is a strict vegetarian, who from early on … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Garden Vegetable Lasagna

Garden Vegetable Lasagna

We’re trying some new ways to preserve the harvest this year. Our preference is to preserve as much nutritional value in our vegetables as possible. Garden greens are going into freezer main dishes and freezer soups. We’ve done some pickling and are also drying a mix of greens with onions, green peppers, celery tops and parsley, and pulsing them in the food processor … Read More

Zucchini Rice Gratin with Swiss Chard

Zucchini Rice Gratin with Swiss Chard

Zucchini quietly crept up on us this year. Every night we’d meander out to the garden to take a peak at its progress and we’d come away with dashed hope. Greens are taking over, including squash leaves, and I began to wonder if it was going to be a garden season of slow production of “fruit” but big on leaves. … Read More

Summer Squash Soup with Tahini Mint Garnish

Summer Squash Soup

Alice Waters is another foodie who’s inspired me. An author and restaurant owner, she was instrumental early on in the grassroots movement of eating local and fresh.  I found this recipe for Summer Squash Soup in her cookbook, The Art Of Simple Food.  I kept everything the same as her recipe, except I changed up her topping of Yogurt/Mint paste to a creamy addition … Read More

Two Favorite Main Dish Salads

Two Favorite Main Dish Salads

A landmark family birthday filled our house with kids and grandkids this last weekend.   I feel a bit challenged when it comes to feeding a crowd day in and day out.  There’s a desire to keep it easy but at the same time healthy and fresh, while spending minimal time and money.   To be honest I can’t say that I was successful this time. Our … Read More