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Attack of the Killer Zucchini Casserole

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Recently, our neighbor asked if we wanted some of their zucchini — their garden was being over-run, apparently. Of course, I replied, for I am quite fond of zucchini. Besides, the mystery squash plant in our garden that I *thought* was a zucchini is actually, well, still a mystery squash.

So, I found myself with two very large (about 3/4 of a pound each) squash. I remember trying a zucchini casserole once, from The Big Book of Casseroles, which utilized grated zucchini, sour cream and Parmesan cheese. I remember that being the very first time jwa . . . → Read More: Attack of the Killer Zucchini Casserole

Easy Falafel for a Lazy, Sleepy Night

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Can of garbanzo beans. Check. Onion. Yep. Cumin. Uh-huh. Garlic? Are you kidding me? Olive oil. Got it. Big pan. Right here. Well, okay then. Let’s go.

Easy Falafel 1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained — you can also use 1 cup of soaked (overnight), dry beans 1/2 sweet white onion (red will also work — or, hell, whatever onion you have in the house will work here 1 handful parsley leaves 1 handful cilantro leaves 1/2 tsp salt 1-2 shakes red pepper flakes 4 cloves of garlic 1-2 tsp lemon juice (about 1/2 a . . . → Read More: Easy Falafel for a Lazy, Sleepy Night

SHF22: Fig-Orange Jam with Cinnamon & Sesame Seeds

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Midnight Fig Here, finally is my Sugar High Friday#22 entry — only two days late. Not too bad. This month, the theme was — Can you can? Well, no, probably not. But, I can throw a bunch of ingredients into a pot, bring to a boil and store them in my refrigerator for a month. Does that count? I hope so!*

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This recipe is based on one from Gourmet magazine. I found it at epicurious.com. One of the things I really like about that site is that the comments have all kinds . . . → Read More: SHF22: Fig-Orange Jam with Cinnamon & Sesame Seeds

Two and a Half Years Later…

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So, my SHF dish is done but my extra-credit materials are not. So, SHF post this weekend. Today, we bask in the glory that is my finished (!) mosaic project — see, the last post was almost a year ago.

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We live in a bungalow. When you go up the stairs, there is a counter with built-in bookshelves, a bathroom and three bedrooms. When we first moved in, I knew I wanted to do something fun with this large 12 foot by 1 1/2 foot counter top space. I just didn’t know . . . → Read More: Two and a Half Years Later…

Summer Lasagna: Heirloom Tomatoes, Cheese & Noodles

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This was very simple and very good. I wanted to make a lasagna (we were having milder weather in the mid/high 70’s) and I had a bunch of heirloom tomatoes that I got at New Seasons and a pint of cute little yellow pear tomatoes. I had just recently made a tomato salad and wanted to do something a little different. What to do? What to do?

Oh yeah. Combine them with cheese and pasta. Okay. This lasagna is extra Summery because it’s really only in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Plus, you could make . . . → Read More: Summer Lasagna: Heirloom Tomatoes, Cheese & Noodles