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Zucchini Banana Bread- Taste of Home Tuesday!

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Yes, I know it's Wednesday. My son started high school this week, I'm balancing a work-from-home job with watching my adorable niece Monday through Friday, and I lost track of my days, haha.  I didn't want to wait until next week to share this great recipe, so here we are. :)

Farms are BURSTING with zucchini around here.  I love it, because I am stocking the freezer with so many great treats.  I've already made Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins, and Zucchini Raisin Cookies.  I've probably got another 2 or 3 recipes printed.

I don't know what it is with my guys.  If I buy 7 bananas, they'll eat 5. If I buy 5, they'll eat 3.  There's something about those last 2 bananas! I'm pretty sure it's because they know if they leave them, I'll bake them into something delicious.

This recipe is great to use up those bananas, plus some of the zucchini that's overtaking the farm stands right now.  Since we have nut allergies here, I swapped out the n…

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins- Taste of Home Tuesday!

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It's getting to be that time of year when everyone with a garden is overflowing with zucchini. I do not have a green thumb, but I know that I never leave the farm without 6 to 8 good sized zucchini in my shopping bag.   While I do enjoy some savory dishes made with zucchini, what really goes over best here is baked goods.

I found this recipe on the Taste of Home website, in a feature called 25 Ways to Use Zucchini. I believe I saved almost all of them to my recipe box!  I liked it because I had all the ingredients on hand.  I omitted the nuts due to allergies.  I had regular sized semi-sweet chips on hand, and I used a heaping half cup.   They would also be great with raisins, or cinnamon chips.   I definitely recommend doubling the batch and freezing some, and they make a great on-the-go breakfast or snack.   Thank you so much to Janet D for sharing her recipe!

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Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes #FarmersMarketWeek

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#FarmersMarketWeek is coming to a close, but I know the inspiration I've taken from all the amazing recipes that have been shared will be improving my menus in the weeks to come!

Last up for me is this beautiful Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes.  I didn't get my herb garden in this year, but I definitely will be planting basil next year.  Tomatoes at the farm are just coming in strong, and they are especially good this year.  The marinade comes together superfast using the blender, loved that!

I always overcooked grilled chicken until I started using a probe thermometer with a temperature alert.   I set it for 160ยบ, and then I can mostly sit back and relax on the patio with a refreshing beverage while the chicken does its thing.  My guys can be picky about tomatoes, so I love that half of the ones in this recipe disappear into the marinade. I've made this twice, and it disappeared quickly both times.  I plan on freezing several packages of it to make on the indoor g…

Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad #FarmersMarketWeek

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I struggle to come up with side dishes when the temps rise.  The guys could eat corn every day, but I'm always looking for something different to try.  I found this recipe on the Taste of Home website, among some other great "make ahead" salad recipes.   No major changes to this one- I had prepped veggies for another dish, so whatever form they were in, that's how I used them- my red onion was diced, my carrots were matchstick, etc.

The title says it all on this one- crisp, spicy. I'll also add light and refreshing.   It was a great side to burgers, a perfect summer lunch topped with some grilled chicken. Thank you Alivia D. for sharing her recipe!

For even more ways to put your local veggies to good use, check out the links below.  My to-make list is getting long, time to hit the farm again!




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Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad by reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal August-10-2017 Great side dish for those hot summer days! Ingredients 2 small Englis…

Grilled Garden Pizza #FarmersMarketWeek

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I've only been grilling pizza for a few years, and I wish I'd discovered it sooner.   It's so simple, and anything that keeps me from having to turn on the oven and warm up the house during the summer is a winner in my book.

I made 4 individual sized pizzas so that people could customize their own. It comes together so fast, and you can really vary the veggies with anything you like.  I made it exactly as written this time, but this is a great "clean out the crisper drawer" meal.   Thank you to Terri R for sharing the recipe!

I hope you been enjoying the #FarmersMarketWeek recipes, I know I've been finding so many wonderful things to try from the other participants. Scroll down for links to their posts for today!





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Grilled Garden Pizza by reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal August-9-2017 Craving pizza but don't want to heat up the house? Grill it! Ingredients 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced1/2 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt 1 pound…

Zucchini Raisin Cookies #FarmersMarketWeek

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Today is #National Zucchini Day!  I never leave the farm without at least a half dozen zucchini.   Though I've made some savory dishes, what I make most often is desserts.  This is the first time I've ever used it to make cookies, but it definitely won't be the last!

This makes a soft cake-like cookie. I left the zucchini unpeeled, and squeezed out some of the moisture.   If you don't like raisins, you could use dried cranberries or blueberries.  I'm going to try adding some quick cooking oats for the next batch, my son said chocolate chips would be great too. I lined my sheets with parchment, then moved them to nonstick baking racks.  

I know I say this a lot, but I wish I'd doubled the batch.   They'll make great lunch box treats!   





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Zucchini Raisin Cookies by reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal August-8-2017 Ingredients 1/2 cup shortening1 cup sugar1 egg1 cup shredded, peeled zucchini2 cups flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon g…

Marinated Mozzarella & Tomato Appetizers- It's #FarmersMarketWeek !

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One of the best parts of summer is the variety of local produce that's available.   We have a short growing season in New England, so we try to get out to the farms at least once a week.   I have a "never say no to a fruit or vegetable" policy with my son.  If he wants to try it, I'll buy it and fix it. 

Tomatoes are one of my favorite things to get, especially the heirloom and bite-sized versions.  I love the variety of shapes and colors they come in now.   And nothing goes better with tomatoes than fresh mozzarella and basil!  I could eat that combo every day and be a happy girl.

This is such a simple recipe, and is great as an appetizer, light lunch, snacking on the go. You can eat them after 3 hours, but I found them best if they marinated for at least 24 hours.  I've made them several times, and if I didn't feel like heating up the house for the bread, I used store bought Texas Toast croutons.     

So many great recipes coming your way this week, chec…

Fire & Ice Pickles- Taste of Home Tuesday

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Every summer I say that I'm going to make homemade pickles and it just never seems to get done.   I was so excited to find this recipe for a spicy pickle that starts with store bought!  

I originally made the recipe as written, but when I snuck a taste about 6 days in, I wanted some more heat.  I added an additional teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.   These are great on burgers!   The only negative thing I can say about this recipe is waiting the week for them to be ready was torture  :)   Thanks so much to Myra I. for sharing it!

On Tuesdays, I like to share what my other Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor friends are making.   This week Ellen made Barbecue Bacon Cheddar Chicken.  We loved that one too.    Shannon served up Chicken Parmesan Slider Bake, which I know will be a huge hit with my chicken parm loving husband. 






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Fire & Ice Pickles by reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal July-18-2017
2 jars dill pickle slices or spears, 32oz each4 cups sugar…

Lemon Berry Dump Cake #NationalBlueberryMonth

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If I had to choose just one berry to eat for the rest of my life, it would be blueberries.   They can be used in such a variety of ways, from pancakes to BBQ sauce.   We celebrate #NationalBlueberryMonth by eating them as many different ways as we can!   along with stocking the freezer for all the other months of the year.  

My cake mix collection is getting a bit large again, so I went searching for recipes and found dump cakes.    We like cake quite a lot, so I was surprised to see a category we haven't tried.    When the weather turned rainy and cool for a few days, I took advantage and printed this recipe to try.

Of course, rainy and cooler weather in July also means everyone is inside and underfoot.   The cake went together almost as written, except I used 1 cup of butter instead of 3/4 cup.   It turned out fine.   I was distracted when putting the topping together, and I had to have measured something wrong.   It was delicious, but more the consistency of a glaze.    None …

Green Bean & Corn Medley- Taste of Home Tuesday

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Corn is one vegetable I know my family will eat without complaint.  Green beans are another, so when I found this dish combining the two, I immediately put it on the menu.   I've probably made it a half dozen times already, and it always disappears. Corn season is coming up soon, and I plan on using fresh and will adjust the cooking time.   If you aren't a fan of thyme, try basil or parsley.

Recipes like these are very much the reason why I've loved Taste of Home since the 90s- family friendly food with easily available ingredients.  Thank you so much to Kimberly S for sharing her recipe. 

This week, fellow Volunteer Field Editor Ellen from Family Around The Table made Creamy Cantelope Pops.  They look cool and refreshing and perfect for the 90 degree days we're having right now!  Want to become a Volunteer Field Editor?  Check out the requirements and apply here!




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Green Bean & Corn Medley by reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal July-18-2017
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