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Archive for August, 2012

Zoe’s Summer Squash Soup

Another squash recipe! It’s gluten-free, it’s vegan, and it uses up a lot of squash! Oh, and it’s pretty darn tasty, too! This soup recipe works great with either just zucchini or a mix of zucchini and crook neck or straight neck yellow summer squash… I’m sure it would work well with patty pan squash, too, but I haven’t tried that yet. It’s also excellent if you add a couple of cloves of minced or chopped garlic in with the onions, but since Mom can’t have garlic, my standard recipe doesn’t include that. Oh, and it fits in with my ‘waste not, want not’ philosophy- you know those giant zucchini that seem to appear overnight, with the giant seeds and tough, spongy flesh? They are perfect for the broth base!

Two giant squash from my garden, with playing cards and veggie peeler for scale



Quick n Easy Pasta Topper… GF

This is just a quick post to give you a quick n easy ‘recipe’ if you’re in the mood for something new to put on your pasta. It’s very flexible on the ingredients, too. As a bonus, the version I made tonight used up some leftover hot Italian sausage- and I love being able to give the leftovers new life!

What you’ll need: (more…)

Recipe: Gingered Marmalade with Honey GF, vegan

So maybe I’m showing my age here, but I love the movie The Witches of Eastwick. There’s one line of that movie that has always tickled my curiosity, though.

As Michelle Pfeiffer was ushering her kids off to school, she reminded them to take their lunch, and upon being asked what it was, she responded that it was peanut butter and jelly.

The child suspiciously asked her, “What kind of jelly?” and she responded that it was zucchini jelly. The child was not happy about it, but it made me giggle. Ever since seeing that, I have been on the lookout for a recipe for zucchini jelly.

Now mind you, I wasn’t expecting it to be particularly good, but I was intensely curious. Curious enough that when I finally found a recipe for it recently, I became very excited to make it. And here’s the kicker…

It is absolutely delicious! Seriously, my husband tasted it first (he’s such a good guinea pig, LOL!). His response? “Oh, this is just… terrible. I think I might have to eat all 9 jars just to save you from it.”

A few minutes later, on his second slice of bread slathered with it, he commented, “You could get money for this stuff!”

A few days later, a friend was having an open house for her new business and I grabbed a jar to take as an office warming gift. He didn’t say anything, but definitely gave me the stink eye. (Once I’d reassured him that I’d make more he was okay with it, though.)

I really need to get some good 'photo shoot' worthy dishes & plates!

sorry for the poor plating and photography!

I found the original recipe in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. I made 2 versions- 1 was according to the recipe, almost exactly. The other, which is the recipe I’ll be sharing today, was made using honey instead of sugar, and had a few other small tweaks to it.

PLEASE NOTE This is NOT a tested recipe for canning. Although it is based on a tested recipe, it has undergone sufficient changes to make me feel that I should warn you, if you choose to can this, you are doing so at your own risk. I will include the canning procedure that I followed if you should choose to be adventurous.

So, without further ado…

Gingered Squash Marmalade (more…)

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