Sunday, August 30, 2009

World War Zucchini

"Squash never fail to reach maturity. You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it."
- S.J. Perelman

I seemed to have lost the zucchini wars and had some to get rid of. So it was time to peruse though the weekend's reading material to find something to make with them, other than the usual recipes.
I didn't find anything in those (make note to self: check pond for zombies before swimming).

So the next step is the tried and true recipe cards. Here's a good one!

Zucchini Walnut Bars with Buttercream Frosting.

(click on photo to enlarge)
My Dad has a garden and as gardens grow, he usually has an abundance of zucchini. He and my stepmom did their best with the overabundance. But after zucchini bread, zucchini cake and zucchini margaritas (just kidding) it was time to give away the crop. This involved putting the veggies (with a few nice ripe tomatoes in as decoys) into a paper bag, leaving them on the porch of some poor Lutheran church member, ringing the doorbell and. . . . . RUN!!

Here's a way to make some disappear that even die hard "I hate zucchini, even zucchini bread!" people at the range snarfed up.

And I didn't even have to ring a doorbell. Though I did leave a small plate of them on the porch swing with a note for the Fed Ex guy who delivers my reloading stuff. They disappeared as well.


  1. My friend described the crop in his garden as "a trailer park of zucchini" You can't stop 'em.

  2. As a kid my grandmother's zucchini bread was the only form in which I would eat zucchini. Of course I wasn't told it had zucchini in it until I'd eaten several slices. :-)

    These look great!

  3. World War Z! That is on my list of potential books so I would love a brief review when you are done.

  4. Very intresting approach to cooking zucchini. I have a book recommendation for your reading list by the way. It is written by William R. Forstchen, a post diaster novel titled as, One Second After. Very plausable and thought provoking.


  5. Zuchinni, Just cut it in half lenghtwise, wipe it with olive oil, sprinkle with Montreal Steak Season, and throw it on the grill until desired doneness is reached. Serve with about anything!

    Now, if I could just get rid of these darned tomatoes...

  6. Oh, boy! Fresh home-made goodies for the delivery guy.
    I'll bet he always puts your packages where they don't get rained on from now on.

  7. I remember reading a warning somewhere about in a lot of small towns you should always roll up the windows and lock the doors of your vehicles during zucchini season... or you might end up with a whole bunch!
    Personally, I like zucchini, raw, fried, or in various dishes and cakes. The Zucchini Walnut Bars look soo delicious I had tp slap myself to keep from licking the screen! (Well, almost!) :^)

  8. World War Z is excellent. I recommend it for my students, more as a case of "if the chips were down, do you have what it takes to survive."

    Even bought the Zombie Survival Guide.

  9. Any post that begins with a quote from S.J.Perelman is worth reading...twice!

    Scrumptious pix!

  10. Grated zucchini makes a good salad with some onions and dressed with a vinaigrette.

  11. Brigid, couldn't resist. Used your recipe with a twist. We're trying to stay as low carb as we can here so I substituted the flour for soy flour and the sugar for Splenda. I won't give up the butter and cream cheese though; that would be blasphemy. Turned out fantastic. My wife just called me her Iron Chef. Thanks for the great recipies.

  12. Zucchini is best given away premade into bread or bars, it lessons the negative connotations about leaving zucchini in unlocked cars.

  13. Those look very tasty! I can only handle well concealed zucchini as my father overloaded us as kids too.

    WWZ is awesome and, as Sport Pilot (Joe) said, One Second After is also a must read.

  14. Does your FedEx guy need an assistant? - As long as I get half the plate of 'em.

    When I was a little kid I remember the only squash I didn't like was acorn. The folks loved halving them and baking them in the oven with brown sugar and butter - I think. They made me gag.

    I also hated brussel sprouts - I remember once putting them in my mouth and being excused and hiding them in the heating vent till the coast was clear then flushing them ---- at least I'm pretty sure I didn't leave them in the heater vent. They sold the house anyway.

  15. I'll have to try these. I was also at a loss as to what to do with all these green grenades and tried zucchini pickles. They are a lot like bread and butter pickles with the zucchini substituted for the cukes. They are great! Crisp,sweet, and tangy. Let me know if you don't have the recipe and I'll get it to you. BC in VA

  16. "Shot, smuggling zucchini into
    mailboxes, a federal offense. "
    Attack of the Squash Marge Piercy:

  17. The HOA Nazis passed a "no gardens" rule in our subdivision last year. Maybe someone had a bad experience with neighbors and zucchini abundance.


  18. A bit harder to grow over here at 53 north (and called courgettes!) but that looks a good way to use some up.
    And must find a copy of World War Z, sounds a fun read and given the ammout of stuff that seems to be on both our bookshelves I guess I'll probably like it.

  19. I absolutely loved that book. Not what I would have expected from Mel Brooks' kid, mind you, but a great read.

  20. There is a cause-and-effect thing that happens when you read World War Z. It is impossible to avoid. You read the book and the next thing you know you are online buying another case of 7.62mm, another case of .45 ACP and searching the inventories for a supply of silver bullets.

    As for zucchini, I suspect that there would be crops in home gardens even if we had a total moratorium on planting the stuff for ten years.

    Worst application of zucchini I ever saw was zucchini pizza--it was in the crust as well as the toppings. Even the zombies wouldn't eat it.

  21. Let's see, this year we made zucchini pickles and relish, bars, bread, pie. We added two new recipes to the zucchini menu this year: zucchini brownies and canned some "pinhini" (zucchini cut into chunks, add pineapple and lemon juice, with suger and it comes out tasting just like canned pineapple chunks.) Warning, these don't taste like fresh pineapple, but are good for cooking.

  22. It also makes a WONDERFUL moist chocolate cake!

  23. Hi Brigid ... one possible solution to the 'too many' zucchini situation is to nip it in the bud, so to speak.

    Ever heard of deep fried zucchini blossoms?


  24. Bob - my stepmom has a snack cake recipe with chocolate and zucchini that's really good.

    George - I've not tried them, but I think Dad made just about everything else out of them. :-)

  25. Good choice on World war Z currently reading it to while away a few of the days I must wait till I can get the license to actually get my hands on the Sako TRG22 I've just put a deposit down on!


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