Saturday, July 17, 2010

Zucchini Cake (disguised as bread)

This is the recipe I pull out each summer when the zucchini is plentiful.
I have no zucchini this year 'cause I managed to kill both plants in my garden.
The local garden shop was all out of zucchini plants but gave me seeds and the resident "expert" said I could expect to see some zucs in October.
That's not going to work for me.
Since I can't really shop at another garden center (they might expect me to pay!) I settled for the Walmart variety this time.
I am planning a trip to the farmer's market next week.
Maybe someone will trade zucchini for grape tomatoes.
I have a bushel of those, I don't suck at growing everything!

Zucchini Bread
3 c flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
3/4 c chopped pecans
3 eggs
2 c sugar
1 c oil
2 t vanilla
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, well drained
2 c shredded zucchini
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Grease & flour 2 8x4" loaf pans.
Combine dry ingredients and pecans; set aside.
Beat eggs lightly; add sugar, oil & vanilla. Beat until creamy.
Stir in pineapple & zucchini.
Add dry ingredients, stirring only until dry ingredients are moistened.
Divide batter into loaf pans.
Bake at 350º for 1 hour or until top tests done.
Cool 10 minutes in pans; turn out onto cooling rack & allow to cool completely.

Note: Sprinkle with course white decorator sugar (big sugar) before baking to add a sweeter, crispier top crust.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Macaroni & Cheese Pizza, Oh Yeah!

After announcing on facebook that my 10 yr old had 9 different dishes of macaroni & cheese on a 6 day vacation my cousin suggested we try macaroni & cheese pizza.

How could it be that we had never heard of this cheesy mac pizza??
The boys have had 2 cooking classes this summer at a local kitchen store.
They wanted to start cooking their own lunches this summer and this seemed like the perfect first project!
Now, most kids like pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce but my boys aren't most kids.
They would rather eat cheese bread sticks at the pizza parlor and when they eat spaghetti it is topped only with cheese.
So there will be no pizza sauce on their Macaroni & Cheese Pizza but feel free to add your own.
We started with these ingredients:

Preheat your oven to 425ºF.
Butter the crust and boil some water.

Add 2 cups of pasta to boiling salted water; cook pasta & bake crust for 7 minutes.
Drain pasta.

Add 2 T butter, American cheese & milk (amounts of cheese & milk depend on your love of cheesyness)
Top pizza crust with cheesy macaroni.

Sprinkle with garlic pepper, optional (I told you my kids were different!)
And now it's time for more cheese!
Sprinkle your favorite pizza cheese blend over the macaroni & cheese.

Bake for an additional 7 minutes or until cheese is all melty & gooey.

Yum! Approval of the 10 yr old.