Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors' Porch Day

Just the other day, my husband asked if I like zucchini, because someone wanted to give us some. No! No way! Because I know they would bring at least a bushel, and then return with more. Zucchini is notoriously easy to grow and provides a bountiful harvest. Therefore, those who grow it have a lot to share. That's why August 8th is Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors' Porch Day. Wellcat has some zucchini recipes, and a list of the top 20 ways to get rid of excess zucchini. Unfortunately, the list only has six items so far, and does not include the obvious sneaking them onto your neighbor's porch. Here's a sample:
1)    Carefully place a dozen or more zucchini in a large, sturdy black plastic trash bag, then add a couple layers of unwanted clothing. Drive to nearest Goodwill or Salvation Army, hand over bag to nearest volunteer. Politely refuse any offered receipt. Leave quickly.

2)    Look for out of the way places which have signs posted, "Clean Fill Wanted."

3)    Reserve 1/2 of the space in large, upright freezer, gather all available plastic containers & freezer bags. Drink a vat of your favorite caffinated beverage, in preparation for staying up round the clock to puree large quantities of zucchini. This can then be packaged neatly and artistically labeled: "For Zucchini Nut Bread Recipe." These packages can be freely given, along with copies of recipe, to anyone on your Christmas list. [Ed. note: I solemnly promise that I will eventually post this recipe.]

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i'm too lazy to find a more reliable source right now, but to quote Wikipedia: "Zucchini, like all squash, has its ancestry in the Americas. However, the varieties of squash typically called "zucchini" were developed in Italy, many generations after their introduction from the "New World"." "zucchini" as a word most likely existed before the word "courgette" (which is, in fact, only used in about four or five countries, mostly current or former British empire counties, and France).

in other words..."neener neener, zucchini wins!" :)

in all seriousness though, i friggin' LOVE zucchini and my grandparents just gave me a 3lb monster! i had to cut it in half and share with my mom, cos there's NO WAY i'd be able to eat the thing. i also made the mistake of telling them "you can give me more if you have them",...i'm now awaiting the influx of more little green squashes than i can possibly use. (the upside is that they're also saving the squash blossoms for me to cook with, which are delicious!)

one of my fave zucchini recipes is for breakfast: fry up some bacon, then remove bacon from pan. remove all but 1 or 2 tablespoons of bacon fat, return pan to heat and add a bunch of sliced zucchini. turn heat down to low heat and partially cover pan, cooking for about 20 minutes (until zucchini is soft and almost translucent. it will shrink a LOT!) while the zucchini is cooking, roughly chop the cooked bacon. once the zucchini is almost done cooking, add the bacon back to the pan, stir and taste. add pepper and salt (although i find that there's usually almost enough salt from the bacon, so i add very little...maybe a pinch or two). place bacon/zucchini on plate and proceed to consume.

if you're a little more health-conscious, you can skip the bacon and instead cook the zucchini in 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable oil, and once it's a couple minutes from being done, crack 2 or 3 eggs into the pan and continue to stir...you'll basically end up with scrambled eggs and zucchini mixed together.

both are easy breakfast recipes and taste awesome! just be careful not to season with salt until the very end (especially with the bacon), because they're terrible if they're over-salted.
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