15th Harvest Week <> August 6 - 12, 2001

Summer squash is turning into a regular box item lately, so here are two recipes from 'Gourmet Vegetarian Feasts' by Martha Rose Shulman which looked easy and sounded good. Note: although the recipes say 'zucchini', you can mix and/or substitute any summer squash with equal results (I think, anyway!) - Debbie

Zucchini-Carrot Muffins
makes 24

1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C unbleached white flour
4 tbsp. powdered milk
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs
1/4 C safflower oil
1/2 C mild honey
4 heaping tbsps. orange or ginger marmalade
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C milk
1 C grated carrot
1 C grated zucchini
1/2 C chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter muffin tins. Sift together flours, powdered milk, salt and spices. Beat together eggs, oil, honey, marmalade, vanilla, and milk. Stir in grated carrot and zucchini. Quickly stir wet ingredients into dry, and fold in walnuts. Spoon into muffin tins, filling 3/4 full, and bake in preheated oven 20 minutes. Cool on a rack, or serve warm.

Curried Zucchini
serves 4 to 6

1 tbsp. safflower or peanut oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced or put through a press
1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
2 tsp. curry powder (or more, to taste)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 lbs. zucchini, sliced diagonally 1/4 inch thick
2 tbsp. water or vegetable stock
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh chopped mint or cilantro, for garnish
Chutney or raisins, for garnish

Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté onion and garlic until onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add ginger, curry powder and cumin and sauté another 3 minutes. Add zucchini, stir together for a minute or two, and add water or vegetable stock. Cook 15 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add salt and pepper to taste and adjust seasonings. Remove from heat. Serve with grains, garnishing with chopped fresh mint or cilantro and chutney or raisins.

PS - okay, I know we don't generally get as much as 2 lbs. of zucchini in any one week, but I figure you all can make the necessary adjustments! Or throw something else in there if you need to 'bulk it up'. Tom seems to like adding green beans to everything... try throwing some of them in! - Debbie


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