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Monday, June 27, 2011

If the food processor gets dirtied for one thing, might as well use it for something else

Zucchini Cheddar Bread, adapted from the Joy of Cooking Cookbook.
If I have to get the food processor dirty for one thing, I figure I might as well go ahead and use it for another. Dad wanted some more of those Peanut Butter Chocolate Magic Cookie Bars, so when I'd finished processing the graham crackers, I went ahead and grated some Swiss and cheddar cheeses, then grated some zucchini, fresh from our garden.
   Back to back baking should save some energy when cooking in the oven, right?
   When the Cookie Bars came out of the oven, an adapted version of Joy of Cooking's Zucchini Cheddar Bread went in. I subbed out 3/4 cup of whole wheat for an equal part of the white flour, subbed sweated, minced onions for the scallions, as well as added a few chopped nuts I had on hand. The scallions would've made for a more savory bread, but I read the recipe in a hurry & once I'd minced some onions, I just went ahead and used them.
   What I should have done is add a little more fat or liquid to account for the whole wheat, but the bread is good nonetheless. And when I make it again, I will be adding even more cheese and coarser nuts.
   My goal is to keep up with and use ALL the zucchini from the garden this year. Wish me luck! What's cooking from your garden these days?
    Yesterday, we visited Back Home Restaurant in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. To us the food was just so-so, but the restaurant was an old house on the historic register, and despite the overload of cutesy country decor, gotta love that there is still a bathtub in the Ladies' Room! And tho' the food didn't exactly do it for me, the restaurant got points for this little garden spot tucked in a corner outside.

    14 comments:

    Barb. said...

    I'm making bread, first time in over 20 years so I'm not sure how it will go. I'll have some for lunch with the Choko Mustard Pickle I made last week.

    Barb.

    Maa said...

    The Zucchini Cheddar Bread Looks nice a moist...is it? I think I'll have a go at this one. Thanks. Maa

    yummylittlecooks said...

    This is the first time I heard zucchini bread,and it looks so moist.

    Dmarie said...

    It is moist, despite my adding whole wheat flour! I'm sure it would be even better if I'd stuck to the recipe and used green onions and all white flour, but I'm trying to get more whole grains down us.

    Patti Bee said...

    I'm going to try your zucchini bread recipe, it's different than the one I make...whole wheat is something you have to get used to because it does give the finished product a different texture. I've used it so long now it seems that something's wrong when I use all white flour. It's whatever you're used to:)

    Niki said...

    Ooo zucchini bread.

    I do the same thing with the food processor thinking what else can I shred or pulverize.

    Susan said...

    Very nice. It looks quite a hearty bread too.
    Shame about the restaurant meal not being up to much.

    Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

    I seldom cook zucchini and not even in baking, your bread must be very soft and refreshing.

    Food Glorious Food! said...

    Zucchini cheddar bread! Yummy! I would love to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing!

    Quay Po Cooks said...

    Another great bread recipe. I agree with you, whole grains more healthy.

    Linda said...

    This looks delicious!

    Days said...

    There are so many ways to use zucchini. I try to do all my baking at once to save on energy too.

    David G said...

    If you know anyone with an infant you can steam your zucchini and puree it, then freeze it in ice cube trays. It makes a great, healthy baby food.

    Also if you make your own spaghetti sauce you can grate some squash or zucchini into the tomatoes as your cooking them down. Then when you puree the sauce you will never know it is there. The zucchini will reduce by 1/2 or more.

    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

    Can't wait to see the rest of the zucchini dishes! The bread sounds divine.

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