Char’s Zucchini Pancakes

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Jun 182016

About August we are looking for as many ways as possible to use up the zucchini that is overtaking the garden. Our neighbor, Charlotte Welch, came up with this recipe for zucchini pancakes. It’s the best we’ve ever found. They can be served for breakfast or brunch and even as a side for dinner. Personally, I like them with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce or red pepper jelly, but you can serve them with butter or butter and syrup.

Char’s Zucchini Pancakes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ t sugar
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ¼ t black pepper
  • ½ c parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Cook on a griddle at medium heat.
  3. Serve plain or with your choice of topping.


Serve with butter, butter and syrup, Thai Sweet Hot Sauce, or red pepper jelly.

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Natalie’s Potato Salad

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Jun 162016

Everybody loves Natalie’s potato salad and the boys have all wanted the recipe, but it was never written down. Finally, I had Natalie make the salad and I stopped her at each step, measuring as we went. Forcing her to add the seasonings from measuring spoons rather than shakers was not pleasant, but I finally got the recipe down for posterity. (I have also adjusted this recipe a few times as the written-down amounts weren’t quite right. Make sure you taste as you add the seasonings! Here it is — enjoy!

Natalie’s Potato Salad
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Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2.5 lb. Red Potatoes or fingerling potatoes
  • 1 Medium Sweet Onions - Diced
  • 2 Cups Diced Celery
  • 2 tsp. Ground Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. White Pepper
  • 1 Cups mayonnaise
  • 4 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped fine
  • 4 Tbsp. prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • Paprika
  • Salt (To taste)


  1. Wash and dice the potatoes, removing bad spots. It's really not necessary to peel red potatoes unless you are finicky about those sort of things.
  2. Boil the potatoes until cooked. Don't overcook or you will wind up with mashed potato salad. Cool the potatoes in cold water and drain.
  3. Chop the celery and onions fine.
  4. Boil the eggs, cool and chop fine.
  5. Mix everything together, adjusting the seasoning to your taste.
  6. When you are ready to serve, top with paprika
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 Appetizers, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian  Comments Off on Bruschetta
Dec 112015

This is an easy recipe, I came up with it after having something similar at the Tapas Restaurant, La Tasca. It is best if you make it a day ahead so the flavors get to blend. This is one of the things I always make for Christmas Eve. And I usually make enough that we have it as a side dish for Christmas brunch.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 Large red onions.
  • 2 28 oz. cans diced or whole roma tomatoes, drained and slightly rinsed. You can use the equivalent amount of very ripe fresh Roma tomatoes. Avoid supermarket tomatoes.
  • 1/3 c Olive oil
  • 1/3 c Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp fresh bbasil
  • 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning.
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • Salt to taste


  1. Dice the onions and tomatoes if using whole ones, and mix with the basil.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and pour over the vegetables.
  3. Serve on sliced fresh Italian bread or Crostini. It's even better if you brush the bread with garlic and olive oil and grill it or stick it under the broiler for a few minutes


I revised the recipe recently to use canned tomatoes, because the tomatoes available in stores, especially in the winter, are usually hard and tasteless, The only way I would use fresh tomatoes is if they were very ripe and from my own garden or a good farmer's market.

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Fresh Cranberry Relish – Fancy

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Nov 112015

We have been making a fresh cranberry relish for Thanksgiving as long as I can remember. This recipe is a little more complicated, but it is still no-cook, fresh and healthy.

Fresh Cranberry Relish – Fancy
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  • 1 medium unpeeled orange—scrubbed, halved, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple—peeled, cored and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 medium unpeeled lemon—scrubbed, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (1 pound)
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans or pistachios.
  • ½ - ¾ cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger (to taste)


  1. Wash the cranberries and pick through them, removing any soft or shriveled ones.
  2. Pulse the berries in a food processor until they are chopped fine, and then put them in a bowl.
  3. In a food processor, combine the orange, apple and lemon and pulse until finely chopped.
  4. Transfer to the bowl with the cranberries and stir in 1/2 cup of the sugar, the nutmeg, ginger and the nuts. Mix well.
  5. Taste and add more sugar if necessary.
  6. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend.
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Pasta Primavera

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Mar 272015

Natalie found this recipe many years ago in a magazine or newspaper and has been making it ever since. It’s been modified a little from the original, but we always try to make recipes our own.  This is a nice summery vegetarian meal that goes extremely well with a glass of crisp white wine.

Pasta Primavera
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 8 Main dish servings.


  • ½ lb. mostaccioli or rotini
  • ¾ stick of butter
  • 2 cups sliced fresh broccoli
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup diced green onions
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 12 oz. pea pods
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the pasta until tender, drain and keep warm.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet and stir in broccoli, carrot, garlic, basil, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes until the broccoli is just tender.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook for two minutes more.
  5. Add the peapods, onion, and wine, cover, and cook for two more minutes making sure that the vegetables are crisp tender.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  7. Toss the vegetable mixture with the pasta and serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
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