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Monday, August 31, 2009

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Hoorah for Zucchini (aka Courgettes) - Our Ingredient of the Week!

Its back to school time and this week is all about going “old school” and learning new things.  From recipes to restaurants, the theme this week is all about grabbing your textbooks and getting familiarized with good food and drink.  Today, we are studying a new ingredient and re-learning some old recipes too!

Zucchini (also known as Courgette) is a type of fruiting and flowering vegetable. They can be yellow, green or light green in color and have a similar shape to a cucumber. They are delicate in flavor with a mild bitterness with a hint of sweetness making them ideal for both sweet and savory dishes. Zucchini are usually cooked by steaming, grilling, or baking. They may also be shredded and added to several breads, cakes, cookies and muffins. In the raw, they may be used in salads or shredded into coleslaw.

Baking is a basic skill many a generation used to enjoy.  Unfortunately these days, the temptation of picking up something pre-made is simply too accessible.  The reality is that baking, especially simple items like muffins and loafs are a great way to spice up your weekly desserts and breakfasts.

The Zucchini is a classic vegetable that is in season right now and perfect for baking.  The Gremolata Kitchen team sat down and placed a zucchini on the table – stop giggling!  Immediately, the childhood memories of after-school kitchen counters featuring homemade zucchini muffins, zucchini bread, and zucchini cake appeared.  And so, the team decided to share some classic zucchini recipes to help you learn some basics zucchini-focused recipes, suitable for back-to-school.

Traditional Zucchini Muffins are by far the easiest of the muffins out there.  You can make these as plain Zucchini-based muffins or spice them up a bit with some raisins or nuts.  The same recipe can be used to make a Zucchini Loaf.  In addition, Zucchini Marmalade is another great breakfast treat and is perfect with freshly baked scones.  Whatever the creation, zucchinis are a great seasonal ingredient to make your mornings a little more exciting.

These are just a few ways to use zucchini’s, but we wanted to know your ideas.  So we made them OUR DISCUSSION TOPIC OF THE DAYWhat is your favorite recipe for Zucchini?  Is it something grilled?  Something baked?  Or simply shredding them onto a salad?  Have your say!


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