This is My "Real" Blog: A Tale of Two Zucchini Breads

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Tale of Two Zucchini Breads

It was the best of baking. . . it was the worst of baking. . . all in one day. In my kitchen.

You see? It's Zucchini Time in Tennessee! (Strange reference for the locals -- in the fall, we all hear: "It's Football Time in Tennessee!" yelled very loudly at every turn)

Sorry, digression. You've read me before. You're used to it.

I was given a zucchini at church on Wednesday night. Until today, I hadn't done anything with it. But, thinking it might not be enough to make a bread recipe, I bought three (3) more small zucchini at the store yesterday.

Turns out? The one would have been enough. Only, it really wouldn't have been enough. For, you see, the first batch of zucchini bread I made -- and it came from a reputable source (church cookbook) -- failed horribly. We're talking fallen in the middle, caramelized all around the perimeter, just generally bad in an overall way.

So, I dumped those out, and started again (after supper, of course). 2nd batch? Perfect.

Of course, for the second batch, I went to the master: Paula Deen. Someone kiss a ring.

This bread is rich, light in color, beautifully risen, and delicious in ways I cannot begin to describe. Here, my friends, is the link to the recipe: zucchini bread

Did I make it exactly as the recipe is given? Hello?!? Have you checked the URL to see whose blog this is? Of course I didn't follow it exactly.

I only omitted the orange zest.

This is actually the second Paula Deen recipe I made today. I had seen her "Garden Anniversary" episode yesterday - which featured a recipe for "Asian Chicken Salad with Orzo," that looked really, really good.

It is. Wow.

That will be my lunch tomorrow. It is very, very good. All crunchy and delicious with water chestnuts, toasted almonds, and sugar snap peas. Recipe? Of course. Here.

I realize it's been a couple days since I last blogged, so I probably ought to catch you up on the other important aspects of my life (all 2 of them) that you're waiting to read & hear about.

Big news!!!
Caroline filled out her "potty chart" yesterday! It's taken more time than I had originally hoped to fill the chart out -- but it's progress. And for that, I am grateful.

She's also back in summer school -- two days each week. The bus came at 7:30 yesterday morning, and dropped her off at 1:30. She seems to enjoy it -- and we're hoping that she'll easily transition into "real" school in August. Of course, it will be a bigger, different school -- but we have high hopes that she'll love Kindergarten!

News of the Weird
Yesterday was a weird day. I woke up -- feeling kinda weird. Had a headache, and was a little nauseous. I took a few advil, and tried to sleep it off. Just about the time I'd start to feeling better, I'd sleep -- then when I woke up, the headache and nausea was back.

Yesterday was a long day.

Unfortunately, because of feeling like crud, I missed our Ladies Bible Study at church last night. I'd done all the homework leading up to the session, but I just couldn't make it to church.

In Other News
I don't think I've mentioned this for a couple weeks. . .but it certainly bears repeating....I'm going to see HIM in less than a week!

Monday night.
Mark (He is my date, after all).
Tennessee Theater.
Row 10.
Singing along.
More tears.

Simply stated: I cannot wait.

Until then? Hopefully I'll blog again. But for now, I'm getting me a piece of zucchini bread and watching some reruns of Scrubs!



Blogger MamaChef's Ramblings said...

I'm SO trying that chicken salad!!! Sounds wunnerful! My Zuch's are still pretty tiny yet....but I'm anxious to make stir fry and bread as soon as they are big enough...wuwu!!!

11:07 PM  
Blogger Rock 'n Roll Momma¬© said...

i have a couple of zucchini sitting in my fridge in one of those glorious green bags...i need to nab a few yellow squash and cook those babies up before we leave for florida. thanks for the reminder!!!

my word verification is "eingst". it's what albert einstein's parents called his teenage angst.

12:56 AM  
Blogger 20Birds said...

i need to listen to some Michael McD music and see what the fuss is about... and i think zuchinni bread sounds fab

8:23 AM  
Blogger Shelly W said...

Man, Angie, I love to cook, but you put me to shame, girl. You are the most ambitious cook I've ever known. Sure wish I lived closer!

9:26 AM  
Blogger T21 Traveling Afghan said...

The bearded guy I can do without, but Paula ROCKS! Seriously!!

And zucchini bread??? Love it! Glad the second batch cooperated!

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MMMMM. zucchini bread.

I also like zucchini cooked with tomatoes, garlic, and onion. Top it with a bit of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese....MMMMMM!

6:57 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Glad you're feeling better. I wondered where you were Tuesday night. The zucchini bread sounds wonderful, but we all know Barry won't touch it. Oh well!

7:23 PM  

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