Jul 012016

We’re always looking for Zucchini recipes. Here is a great appetizer with a fraction of the calories of breaded zucchini. Thanks to Marilyn Aliede for introducing us to this one.

Baked Zucchini Appetizer
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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 or 2 Medium Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp.Thyme
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix Panko, Cheese, Thyme and 1 Tbsp. olive oil until the mixture is an even yellow color from the oil.
  3. Slice zucchini into 1/8 inch thick pieces.
  4. Spray or brush both sides of Zucchini with olive oil.
  5. Arrange in single layer on cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Sprinkle Panko mixture generously on top of the Zucchini.
  8. Bake 20 - 30 minutes until golden brown.


You can mix up the Panko, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and thyme mixture in advance and keep it in the refrigerator for several weeks, using it as needed.

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Jun 202016

Zucchini Salmon AppetizerThis is a quick, delicious, summer appetizer that I came up with. We’re always looking for new uses for zucchini. I will usually make this from the first zucchini off the vine and it celebrates the beginning of the summer bounty.

Quantities are approximate and of course it all depends on the size of your zucchini and how much salmon you have. Seasonings are of course to taste.

Smoked Salmon Basil & Zucchini Appetizer
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  • 4 - 6 oz. piece of smoked salmon (not lox)
  • Whipped cream cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • 2 small to medium zucchini
  • Fresh basil leaves, sliced into strips
  • Small jar roasted red peppers, sliced into strips and then 1 inch lengths, or pimento


  1. Shred the salmon with a fork into a small bowl.
  2. Add enough cream cheese to make a spreadable mixture.
  3. Season with garlic powder and paprika and mix well.
  4. Slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch rounds.
  5. Spread with the salmon mixture.
  6. Top with basil and 1 or two pieces of red pepper.
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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

Total Time: 30 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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Sep 272012

Calabacita is Spanish for squash, but in New Mexico it can mean a dish made from squash. This is a recipe from New Mexico that came via Char Welch, whose sister lives in Santa Fe. Of course I modified it a bit, I always do.

The reason I got the recipe is because we have a wonderful new grocery store in town, Heinens, out of Cleveland, Ohio. A couple of weeks ago they were roasting Hatch chili peppers in their parking lot. I didn’t know a Hatch pepper from a hole in the ground, but I bought a couple of pounds of them, anyway. They were roasted, but the skin needed to be scraped off and the seeds removed, which I did. I used some in a couple of recipes and froze the rest.

Char bought a bunch, since she knew what they were, a staple of southwestern cookery, and a product of the town of Hatch, New Mexico. That’s why she gave me the recipe.

I will usually try recipes a few times before I put them on the website, but this one is a winner so here it is. I didn’t use Hatch peppers in the recipe, but my home-grown Hungarian banana peppers.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 medium zucchini (or mixture of green and yellow)
  • 2 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 12 oz. bag frozen corn
  • 4 or 5 roasted chili or Hungarian or chili peppers (Mixture of sweet and hot according to taste)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup cheddar, jack, or mexican cheese blend


  1. Peel & chop the peppers.
  2. In a large skillet, saute the onion, garlic and zucchini in the oil until they just starts to brown.
  3. Thaw the corn under warm water and mix it in along with the chopped peppers.
  4. Cover and heat through.
  5. Mix in the cheese and serve.


The roasted peppers really add to the taste. Put the peppers on a grill and roast until they are thoroughly blackened. Then place them in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow them to cool. At this point, it will be easy to remove the skins. Then remove the stem end and seeds and chop.

You can used canned, diced chili's if you don't want tot go to the trouble of doing your own roasting.

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