It’s been a few months since I have participated in The Secret Recipe Club, and it’s good to be back! This month I was thrilled to be assigned Lesa’s blog, Edesia’s Notebook. Lesa, who started her blog in 2007, is a stay at home mom of two seriously adorable girls, and promises simple meals fit for weeknights. So many of her enticing recipes caught my eye, from the summer vegetable frittata (you know how I feel about those) to the homemade chipotle ketchup (which would be perfect with these). And then there was this mango barbecue sauce, which would be the perfect fix for my current mango addiction. But it was the zucchini that eventually won out. I was between her baked zucchini fries, chicken zucchini burgers, and the one pot summer squash, beef, and rice skillet. I guess you know which one I eventually chose.
If you are looking for a simple, vegetarian, weeknight meal that celebrates the bounty of summer, then look no further. These gluten free Portobello Mushroom Stacks (I almost called them Neopolitan Stacks – what do you think?) are a more elegant, slightly deconstructed, veggie-packed take on eggplant parmesan, minus the eggplant. If I remember correctly (it’s all getting a little fuzzy…) the vegetarian option at my wedding was something similar, and I love the idea of just throwing together a bunch of vegetables, tomato sauce, and fresh mozzarella for dinner. While it’s quick enough for a weeknight, I think it’s also pretty enough for entertaining. It’s also filling enough that even meat eaters shouldn’t complain too much.
It’s Friday, which means another round of shout-outs for a week of great recipes! If you recall for last week‘s inaugural Shout-Out I focused on peaches as a glut of end-of-season stone fruit translated into a vast array of appetizing peach recipes. This week is all about Zucchini (that’s courgettes for the rest of the world). It got in my head last week when I started seeing great recipes like Mission: Food’s Farfalle with Zucchini Sauce, Chef in Disguise’s Zucchini Dip, Kitchen Lab’s Courgette and Pesto Gratin, and Wine Country Cook’s Zucchini Bruschetta. Continue reading “Friday Shout-Out: Zucchini”
For some reason, round zucchini didn’t make it into my diet much back home. You don’t see them often in New York, or maybe I just wasn’t looking. As soon as I spotted them in Israel, though, I knew exactly what to do with them. Round zucchini, if you haven’t had them, are the ideal vehicles for stuffing of almost any kind. They’re easily hollowed out with a spoon, and – bonus – they look pretty. They make for neat little packages that are fun and elegant to serve to company or, well, any night of the week. I kept the courgettes (sorry – that’s me slipping into British English there) vegetarian and stuffed them with couscous, but anything you can dream up will work – ground meat, other vegetables, any number of grains – go nuts. Continue reading “Round Zucchini Stuffed with Couscous”
Using almost entirely pantry ingredients, this recipe is a great one to have in your repertoire. We discovered it a few months ago and I was immediately intrigued by the use of vermouth, something I always have on hand but typically only use in cocktails. Although it calls for only a few ingredients, this dish is packed with flavor. Between the vermouth, garlic, and red pepper flakes it’ll keep your palate on its toes. Continue reading “Drunken Pasta with Vermouth, Breadcrumbs, and Zucchini”
I can’t explain it, but I suddenly had a craving for fried vegetable fritters with homemade mayonnaise as a dipping sauce. I was skipping Hebrew and I guess felt like making it worthwhile. It was an incredibly specific desire, and I could even taste the exact ratio of mellow creaminess to bright lemon in the mayonnaise. Lucky for me I had all the ingredients on hand – egg, oil, lemon, breadcrumbs, zucchini, leftover artichoke. Before breading the vegetables I whisked a little seltzer into the egg, which made the batter nice and light. Use any thinly sliced vegetables you have on hand and serve this as a starter or snack. Then use the leftover mayonnaise to slather on sandwiches or dip fries into. Continue reading “Fried Vegetable Fritters with Homemade Mayonnaise”