In the Pursuit of Happiness: Zucchini Day, August 8

In the “Pursuit of Happiness” category of my blog, Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day has to be one of my faves.

Of all the vegetables God created on this green Earth, zucchini has to be my favorite! And to think that people give this stuff away, mama mia!

August 8 has been declared, by whom I don’t know, National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.

If you should happen to be the lucky recipient of a basket of zucchini, first, consider giving some to me, then make the best of your good fortune.

Here are two recipes I keep close at hand when zucchini is in full bloom.


Zucchini, Tomato, Sunflower Seeds, and Feta Stir-Fry

I first ate this in Germany in a zucchini boat. Not sitting in a zucchini boat, but prepared with zucchini as the boat, or holder, of the other ingredients. In order to expedite its preparation, thus making it suitable for daily preparation, I turned it into a stir-fry without measurement, just making it to taste.

Slice a zucchini, or two or three, into medium-thin slices.

Chop a tomato into small pieces – set aside.

Heat some olive oil in a skillet, add some garlic, and heat until hot.

Add zucchini to skillet and sprinkle lightly with salt (and pepper, if desired).

Cook to desired doneness, turning as needed.

When zucchini is done, add a handful of sunflower seeds to skillet. Add tomatoes to heat through. Just before serving, add feta to taste.

Enjoy!


A second, more involved, but fabulous recipe is

Bonnie’s Zucchini Pie

Refrigerated package of 8 crescent rolls
4 C zucchini, sliched thin
1 C chopped onion
1/4 C butter or margarine
1/2 C fresh parsley or 2 T dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
2 eggs
8 oz. combined shredded mozzarella and muenster cheese

Unroll crescent rolls, separate, and mold into bottom and sides of pie plate like pie crust.

Heat butter in skillet until melted. Add zucchini and onions. Cook until tender.

Stir in parsley and remaining seasonings.

Cool slightly and spoon into crescent roll crust.

Cover evenly with cheese.

Beat the eggs and pour over the pie.

Bake at 375 deg for 18 – 20 min or until done.


If you have a favorite zucchini recipe, please leave it in the comments or provide a link to it.

If you are the lucky recipient of zucchini under the dark of night, or if you sneak some onto your neighbor’s porch, please tell your story in the comments or provide a link to your post about it. I’d love to hear how much zucchini is getting passed from neighbor to neighbor.



Yours for the celebration of life,

Claudia

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