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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The smells of summer. . .and the memories of Sophia

I'm a little melancholy tonight. I'm also a little tired. Baking does that to a person. I've been hit with zucchini. You know, the gift that keeps on giving?

You know that you work at a church in a rural area when stray tomatoes and zucchini start arriving in half-boxes, and no one will take credit for leaving the "gift" for you.

So, I'm dealing with zucchini the best I can. You know zucchini, right? . . . the plant that will survive the impending holocaust (along with cockroaches)?!

Yeah, I made the mistake of buying some at the grocery store the other night. I made zucchini pancakes with them. Where's the mistake? Read on. . .

I made the zucchini pancakes (bisquick, parmesan cheese, eggs, etc.) and you fry them up in the skillet. (SERIOUS Yummage) Anyway, I told my dad about them, and gave him a couple. When he asked where I got my zucchini, I told him "Kroger."

Mistake. They're growing zucchini in the garden.

So, the next morning, I was greeted at my office door by three (3) zucchinis hanging from a grocery bag on the handle. I brought them home immediately -- didn't want them to spoil. And there they sat. . . with the store-bought zucchini.

Our weekend was a zoo. I think I told you about that. If not? It was a zoo. So, my five zucchini sat on the kitchen counter through one of the most humid, hot weekends on record.

My zucchini?

Well, the store-bought ones were literally dissolving tonight, when I started the baking process. But, Dad's garden variety were hearty and healthy.

So, I grated up two and half of those bad boys--and made zucchini bread. Sophia's Zucchini Bread to be exact! I found it on (my favorite source for online recipes). It is very, very good.

I opted to add 3/4 cup of chocolate chips to the first batch (two loaves of bread). The 2nd batch turned into 12 muffins and 1 loaf (non-chocolated!). The muffins that Mark and I have "taste-tested" thus far have been pretty good. So, I hold out high hopes for the chocolate bread.

Oh? You want the recipe. Okay.

Sophia's Zucchini Bread (ala Angie)

3 eggs
2 c. sugar
3 t. vanilla
1 c. oil

3 c. flour
3 t. cinnamon (I used 1 T)
1 t. salt
1 t. soda
1/4 t. baking powder

1 c. chopped nuts (Sophia uses walnuts; I use pecans)
3 c. grated zucchini
3/4 c. chocolate chips

Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Beat the eggs in a mixer bowl. When mixed up -- add in the sugar, oil, and vanilla.
Add in the flour mixture 1 cup at a time.
Stir in the zucchini and nuts (and the chocolate chips, if you dare!)

Pour into two greased loaf pans (Sophia doesn't grease her pans) and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

I don't know about Sophia, but I'm loving the sweet smell of summer in my kitchen tonight!

And speaking of Sophia. . . .I read the news today that Estelle Getty had died. She was one of the "Golden Girls," whose character was named "Sophia Petrillo." To the chagrin of my husband, I love that show. I watch it (late at night) when he's away from home. I watch it on Lifetime TV in the mornings, when I'm here by myself.

I remember laughing at it with my parents during my high school & college years. I remember one of our dearest friends, Rex Jones, called them "The Dirty Girls" because of the innuendos. Rex died a number of years ago -- I think he would be absolutely mortified to see what passes for innuendo these days. . .but I digress.

I always loved Sophia's character. I loved how she carried that small straw purse everywhere she went. And, her monologues that always began like this, "Picture it. . Sicilily, 1935. . .a young peasant girl. . . " and then an outrageous story followed. Her sarcastic delivery. . . it was timeless. I still laugh to this day.

But on this day, I remember an actress that was funny. She was quirky. She had style.

Rest in peace, Sophia. I'll see you in syndication!


Blogger Helen said...

Talk about bitter sweet my friend. The zucchini pancakes sound divine. But how sad about Estelle. I loved the Golden Girls.

1:53 AM  
Blogger 20Birds said...

me too ... love that golden girls... and zucchini pancakes, well i love them more... hey angie we need to talk expect a long email....

8:33 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Syndication . . . does that come before or after purgatory?

Glad you're cooking with the good, natural stuff. I'd much rather have neighborhood food (even if from another county) than Kroger-transported things grown somewhere, somehow, and picked some time ago.

Welcome back!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zucchini... YUM!

Cook Zucchini with tomatoes and top with parmesean....

Stuff zucchini with a breadcrumb stuffing and top with cheese

Grill zucchini while basting it with Italian dressing...

I love summer!


I've got bags full of cucumbers. eight to be exact. Want some?

9:56 AM  
Blogger Rock 'n Roll Momma¬© said...

the zucchini and chocolate combo has me puzzled. veggies and sweets?! sounds odd to me, but then i don't really eat zucchini unless it comes with summer squash at a restaurant, so i can't be a good judge of what goes well with it.

can't say i've ever watched golden girls...sorry one of them died though. i guess to me that'd be like if the kid who played steve urkel died or

3:46 PM  
Blogger That Chick Over There said...

I want cucumbers. :(

I have to say, your post cracked me up. It's SO true! Bags of whatever is in the garden just mysteriously appear...

8:13 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hey there! It's been quite awhile since I've read blogs as I've been up in Ohio for 3 weeks and not keeping up. Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do. Just wanted to say hello before I do that and hope you are having a great summer. And I am so trying that bread recipe as I just got some zuc. from a friend and was looking for a good one. Thanks!
Hope you are doing well!
Heather :)

9:15 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

It would be nice to spread fresh harvest out a bit instead of...

"man I wish the tomatoes were ready, HOLY CRAP, I HAVE 80 POUNDS OF TOMATOES" all within a 3 day period

the recipe looks pretty good!

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Zucchini and your recipe sounds great.
I am still checking blogs from time to time. I just have been really busy.
I sure hope we can connect.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Pink Potpourri said...

did you know that sophia is the greek word for "wisdom"? i just read that in my beth moore's "jesus the one and only" bible study i'm doing.

so glad you like zuccini :) my co worker has gotten hit with a bunch of those as well!

4:43 PM  
Blogger 20Birds said...

i am already praying for her angie

5:13 PM  

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