Maybe a break in the heat.

I need to be testing recipes for the wedding. I haven’t done any testing since the last recipe I posted which was, “oh, like a million years ago.”:

I also have about a bazillion pounds of zucchini in my fridge. Basically, I made the mistake of buying zucchini at a market days before my CSA showed up with mostly zucchini in it. I think, given all the zucchini, I want to make a few loves of zucchini bread.

However, like much of the country, we’re in the midst of an impressive heat wave. The thought of turning on the oven makes me die a little on the inside. Where I keep all my water.

All of that said, we seem to have a break in the heat today.… Continue reading →

[30] Vegetable Frittata

I’m pretty sure this book is available at “”:, but it’s not immediately obvious. I guess that, despite it clearly being nationally published and such, it’s still one of the more obscure books in our collection. And we have two from this “collection”. I would link directly to the suspected book, but there’s NO information about it there, so I don’t see the point. Please let me know in the comments if you disagree.

Anyway, this is the book that first introduced me to the frittata. As mentioned in our “About”, I went on to make a lot of them. This recipe makes it clear that they’re very easy, and can be quite healthy. Also, amazingly, tasty!

Unless you’re my good friend, Maria-Sea. She’s just going to skip straight over this recipe, since she thinks the taste of eggs is gross.… Continue reading →

[28] Toasted Grain Pilaf

Cover of The Healthy Kitchen, by Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley

I am considering giving this book the ol’ heave-ho. That seems a little unfair, because we’ve only made two recipes out of it for this challenge, and I think that brings my lifetime total to four. However, this recipe was also a bit of a loser, both in taste and in instructions, and I don’t want to waste our time on bad recipes.

We have, after all, more than 2,500 recipes to cook before we can ever buy a cookbook again. Even if we ditch this cookbook, we’re just under 2,500 recipes. Every recipe counts! At least from a book.

And given that MY amazon “kitchen things” wish list is ever-growing (“see here”:, mostly with cookbooks I can’t buy, I will ditch a bad cookbook in no time flat.… Continue reading →

[24] Grandma L.’s Zucchini Bread

Well, near the end of living in the old place, I dipped into “_How to Cook Everything_”: quite a bit to figure out how to use up perishable goods, especially veggies from our CSA (which we had delivered through the whole process).

This recipe is the last of the recipes that was made in our old house, and is one of the few from that time that did not come from How to Cook Everything. Instead, it came from my dad’s mother.

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of this zucchini bread. My grandmother makes it often, it freezes well and is generally delicious. Also, in case you are already thinking about the upcoming holidays, my grandmother makes a basket for every household that contains all sorts of super things.… Continue reading →