Speaking of using things up our zucchini plants are going gangbusters in the backyard! Everyday I go out to check on the garden and come back with at least two or three more enormous zucchinis. Pretty soon I will be in the same situation with cucumbers and tomatoes but for now I am just trying to eat up the zucchini as fast as I can. I've made chocolate chip cookies with zucchini, orzo with zucchini (both recipes from Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle which is a great read if you are at all into food). This morning I made a batch of zucchini muffins and a chocolate and zucchini bundt cake which used just one of my monster zucchinis total. I made a few slight variations on the bundt cake: meyer lemon zest instead of orange zest for obvious reasons and I added chocolate chips instead of nuts because my husband is allergic and I will be feeding it to little kids.
My grandfather was a big gardener and my grandmother an excellent cook. I was looking through a book of her recipes this morning and came across a number of zucchini recipes. Tonight we'll be having zucchini casserole for dinner, and I might make some jars of zucchini pickles or relish.
I am taking the bundt cake to share with our playgroup today. Maybe I will make a big pitcher of lemonade too.