lemon cheddar zucchini pilaf

I wasn’t sure what to call this rice dish. Cheesy Zucchini Rice sounded, well, cheesy, and Brown Rice with Zucchini & Cheese seemed a bit boring. So, I decided to highlight the wonderful hints of lemon and creamy goodness of cheddar and throw in pilaf for fun. This pilaf is perfect for summer or fall and just the dish to continue in my (unplanned) squash recipe series. It seems I could spend all autumn roasting various gourds and squash and be quite content. But don’t worry, I have only a few more dishes containing the heavenly squash that I hope still to share.

If you’re not a fan of lemon, simply omit it from the recipe. But to me, the lemon is what makes this cheesy dish unique. The grated squash and zest compliment each other wonderfully and the cheese melds everything together. I added in some chives and basil… Continue reading

summer squash bake

The other night Graham offered to prepare some chicken for dinner. I was more than happy to oblige and promptly scooted my way out of the kitchen to make room for him. (Actually, come to think of it, I may have been reclining on the couch with nothing in the works for dinner… hence his offering to help get the ball rolling.) A plate of chicken, though tasty, doesn’t come quite close to sufficing as dinner in my book. So with Graham and Tobie at work in the kitchen, I brainstormed from the couch a side dish to accompany the chicken.

I had picked up a vintage recipe box filled with hundreds of typed recipes from a church rummage a few months back. In recent weeks I’ve been perusing through the box, pulling out ones that I could see myself making. In the vegetable section was this recipe for summer… Continue reading

zucchini chocolate bread

During the summer months when zucchini is plentiful, I find myself making this bread quite a bit. Not overly sweet, but just sweet enough. Each bite is packed with heavenly goodness. I’ve made these loaves dozens of times and played around with the recipe quite a bit.

I’ve cut way back on sugar, swapped out the traditional vegetable oil for coconut oil and yogurt and replaced a good bit of the called for all-purpose flour with a hearty whole wheat. I am more than pleased with the revisions I’ve made, and this bread has proved to be the perfect morning, afternoon or evening snack and makes a lovely addition to any meal or dessert.

Oh, and did I mention that no mixer is required and this batter comes together in a jiffy? Hmmm… perhaps that’s where that company name came from. Anyway, the baking time is all the patience required,… Continue reading