Sunday, July 26, 2009

the fate of monsters

I defeated the giant zucchini in honorable combat. Two big batches of chocolate chip cookies later, I learned the fate of the monster. I used this recipe from and found it easy enough to adapt to my own liking. I like a more cake-like cookie so I only used white flour and no brown sugar. They turned out fluffy and yummy. If you got some monsters of your own to battle, I suggest this quick easy recipe which you can download in a handy pdf format from Kingsolver's site.

I liked baking all morning. A nice melody of eggs from my hens and veggies from my garden. But even two batches wasn't enough to slay the whole beast. I was able to chop and shred two thirds of that beast and gave the other third to Maude and Sal, who chomped it up with sheepish smiles.


Blogger Michele said...

Those look YUUM-eeee!

July 26, 2009 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Karen Sue said...

I'm working my way through your blog..only up to oct 2008, but you came to mind today during church and I was thinking of a song I've always liked and tried to figure out how I could sing it in church. It is a Christian song, I'm just a rather scary singer!!! Anyway, I thought of that song and I thought of you... It's called Seize The Day.
some of they lyrics...
"..Well one thing I've noticed, wherever I wander
Everyone's got a dream he can follow or squander
You can do what you will with the days you are given
I'm trying to spend mine on the business of living
So I'm singing my songs off of any old stage
You can laugh if you want, I'll still say

Seize the day, seize whatever you can
'Cause life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day, pray for grace from God's hand
Then nothing will stand in your way
Seize the day

Sorry it is long, but thanks for showing that it worth it to Seize the Day and not spend the rest of your life wondering..WHAT IF?

July 26, 2009 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

yum! i had printed out that very recipe last week and hope to bake them today. So far though it is already baking here with forcasts of 100 it may have to wait. Did make pecan, raisin zucchini bread last night and delivered loaves to all the neighbors this morning to have with their coffee. They are still waiting the arrival of their garden zucchini... i have it coming out our ears!

July 26, 2009 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Those cookies look so delicious!

July 26, 2009 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Oh those look delicious!

July 26, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

I've never had a cookie with zucchini in it. Zucchini bread, yes, but never cookies. I'll have to try it if my own zukes ever get going.

July 26, 2009 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Rachel B. said...

Oh! Yummy! I read Kingsolver's book last fall and fell in love with the way of life. As for whose book is better? I'm not trying to flatter you but I found yours a lot more helpful!
My mom had developed a rather delicious zuchinni recipe that we call Zuchinni Crab Cake. Despit the name, there isn't any crab in them but it refers to the Old Bay seasoning we put in them.
Zucchini Crab Cakes
2 large zuchinis or several small zucchinis
1 egg
1/2 cup flour
2 cups bread crumbs Japanese st lye recommended
Old Bay seasoning
Cooking oil
Grate zucchini. Drain well by putting the grated zucchini in a colander and a plate on top and pressing down on the plate. Place zucchini into a large bowl and add little by little flour and bread crumbs until it's firm add more if it's not. Mix in Old bay, salt and pepper to taste. Place in fridge to allow bread crumbs to soak up moisture for about 1 hour. Heat cooking oil in skillet or deep fryer, which ever you prefer. Once the cooking oil is hot take the zucchini mixture out of the fridge and shape into thin patties about 4 inches in diameter. Dredge in flour and breadcrumbs and place in skillet/deep fryer. Fry until golden brown on each side. Serve with ketcup or sour cream.

July 27, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
Anonymous RayMan said...

The cookies in your photo look as though they would be delicious. The plants in the backgrouond, however, are FANTASTIC!
Keepom keepin' on and continue to live each day abundantly.

July 27, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous kandy said...

i am at work. so far the fire dept has been here 2 times the ambulance 1 time the police 1 time the elivators dont work nor is the alarm system working and there is an insesant beeping right out side of my office. my phone is not working and my boss is on a rampage. over 200 homless men who live here are at way more than thir *normal* freeked out levels because the building is infested with bed bugs and all the bedrooms have to be cleared out and is only 9:45am

thank you for being my calm in the storm. i am taking 5 minuts locked in my office to read your wonderfull story and center myself before going back out into the madnes that is my work day

thank you!

kandy from canada
aka the one who fixes everything

July 27, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Carrie and Justin said...

Congratulations on your honorable victory in combat!! We made zucchini pancakes the other day, very yummy - but I'm sure my kids will be very happy to try zucchini cookies!!
I can't remember if I mentioned this on an earlier post (and pardon me if I did), but one thing we do to help with all the zucchini is to shred them up and then save them in recipe size portions. This allows us to use them all year long (Shannon gets a Chocolate Zucchini Cake for his birthday in January!).
You're fantastic and remarkable though - so I'm certain you have us beat.

July 27, 2009 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

They look scrumtious! I *lost* a huge courgette as we call em this side of the pond in a beef stew the other day,it was to feed 5 of us & I thougt it was going to beat me but I won meheheheheheh take that sneaky beast,I was checking every day too! how they hide till they reach gargantuan proportions beats me!

July 27, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I have my own zucchini to battle and had forgotten about the cookies. I was already going to use the Kingsolver's recipe with pasta, but now I may give this one a go too.

I came here via Rhonda Jean, BTW, and may visit again as it's a lovely blog :)

Kim x

July 27, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

Any suggestions for baby crooked neck yellow squash? I was thinking about cubing it up and putting it in my turkey enchiladas.

July 27, 2009 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Excellent cookies! And congrats on your epic victory. I think we could adapt Jabberwocky to fit a zuke battle.

July 27, 2009 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Sally Mae said...

I also made these cookies this weekend and they are AMAZING! I ate about 10 for lunch today and have been raving about them to everybody:) And, I've been enjoying your book, "Made From Scratch!!!"

July 27, 2009 at 7:21 PM  

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