• Canning,  Cooking,  Local Products

    Olympics and Zucchini Pickle Slices

    A secret about me: I love the Olympics. Every few years I spend 2 weeks glued to the television in pure, inspired bliss. Slurping up every medal event and every moment of Bob Costas. I remember watching Shannon Miller and the USA women’s gymnastics team compete in ’96 and then prance down our narrow hallway to my own gold-medal routine. I would beg to stay up late to see bobsledders, skiers, and snowboarding. For two weeks there’d be no fighting over the remote, no turning the channel for cartoons. Everyone in the family curled up in the living room for the best competition the world can offer. My childhood adoration…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    ELC Day #16- Zucchini Primavera

    3 years ago today, the kitchen partner and I were married on a hot, sunny afternoon in Minneapolis.  I still can’t believe how quickly time goes by, or how I fit in that dress.  Definitely before butter and I became friends! After all the work meetings, appointments, and long discussions that comes with three years, I still close my eyes at night honestly believing we were two of the luckiest people in the world. Isn’t he a stud? I love taking his picture at the end of a long day. Mostly, I think we’re lucky because we grew up together and now we get to grow old together.  He saw…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    ELC Day #5- Zucchini Fritters

    Finally the weekend. TGIF. Here’s five things that have been rockin’ my world this week: 1. Boyce Avenue’s Covers 2. My new pair of SloggersThanks Mom. 3. Eating the cherry tomatoes straight out of the Little Acre. 4. Planning our mini-vacation next weekend to the Porcupine Mountains. 5. How fast our garden grows zucchini. How one little plant can make a two pounds of food every other day makes my head spin. I’m excited about zucchini production now. In another three weeks when I have a refrigerator full of them, I might be less impressed. For now, I’ve got enough new summer squash recipes to try. So far I’m thinking…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    ELC Day #1- Zucchini Quesadillas

    I love meals with friends. Not in the dressed up, dinner party, use your best manners meals sense, but the bare feet, one more glass of wine than necessary, talk and laugh for hours meals.   My first Eat Local, America! Challenge recipe hails from one of our recent chances to break bread and catch-up with a friend, and is a perfect choice for a weeknight meal for guests.  It’s quick (ready in under 15 minutes) and cleans up some of the zucchini that are beginning to overrun gardeners all over Minnesota.  Top it with a dollop of homemade sour cream  or a fresh cucumber salsa and you’re set to impress.…

  • Cooking,  Eating

    Zucchini Walnut Bread

    Part of the agreement when we bought our chest freezer last summer was that I would solemnly swear not to become a freezer hoarder–one of those folks who accumulates a stockpile of frozen carrots and squash from three summers back, who needlessly continues to stuff more on top while ignoring the rest.  I promised that by the end of winter we would eat everything that I put in and would carefully follow the agreed upon rule of first in, first out.  And in all honesty, eating down the storage hasn’t been that bad. In the past few weeks we’ve narrowed it down and can finally see the bottom.  For the…