Making Friends with Gardening Neighbors

By Geekmom

Lots going on today – a little this and a little that.  Currently baking Chine Chip Cookies which are one of the few recipes that I cannot share as it was given in extreme secrecy.  So instead of sharing that, I am going to help you make friends.

 

Have a neighbor with zucchini plants in their garden (Rule is that if they plant zucchini, they have too many)?   Wanna get on their good side? Ask for some of the extras (there are always extras) and make one of these.

Mama’s Zucchini Bread

Beat together:
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 c. vegetable oil

Combine:
3 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1 t baking powder

Alternate dry ingredients with 3 c. shredded zucchini into the wet ingredients. The flour should be the first and last things added.

Add:
1 c. raisins or canned crushed drained pineapple
1 1/2 c. walnuts or pecans chopped
1 t vanilla

Put in 3 greased and floured bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes on lowest rack. Check at 45 minutes.

Let cool for ten minutes before taking out of pans.

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Italian Zucchini Casserole

Take three smaller size zucchini and wash well. Cut into half to 3/4 inch slices. Salt both sides lightly.

Heat oil in fry pan.

Take 1 c. flour and 1 T Original Mrs. Dash and mix. Dip each zucchini slice in the flour mixture and quickly brown each side in the skillet. This usually takes about three batches in my skillet. Move browned zucchini slices into lightly greased 9 x 13 casserole. When you have a layer down, place 1/4 c of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 c. cooked good Italian sausage. Place next layer on top. If it doesn’t completely make a second layer, don’t worry. Just spread out the other slices as much as possible. Top with the remaining Italian Sausage that you cooked from a 1 poundish package. I actually use about a pound and a half. Cover casserole completely with a large jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce. Cover with 1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese.

Cook for 45 minutes to an hour at 350 degrees. This is not a solid casserole at all. Make sure you have bread on hand to sop up the juices.

Depending on your tastes, you can use hot, medium, or mild Italian sausage.

 

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