by Leslie Cox; Sunday; July 26, 2020

Zucchini 'Gold Rush'Temperatures have been building this week with lots of sun throughout the day and just a few clouds. Thankfully, the wind has showing up most days to provide a bit of cooling breeze. But it is still not enough to prevent us from seeking shade from the hot sun and a rest from garden chores in the middle of the afternoon.

With the sun and added warmth I have begun my annual game of catch-up with the zucchini harvest. Skewered some, interspersed with chunks of mushroom, onion and pepper, for the barbecue. Delicious. Also made John his Chocolate Zucchini Cake…with Splenda instead of sugar. Sooo good.

Have also shredded quite a few zucchinis and divvied them up in freezer bags for the freezer. A start on putting the winter supply by for future dinners of Zucchini Lasagna, more chocolate zucchini cakes and the occasional batch of Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

I mentioned to my husband, John, the other week that we needed to challenge ourselves with trying some new recipes. Neither one of us feels very comfortable about venturing into a restaurant just yet as we are both in the high-risk category where COVID-19 is concerned. And we both have too many projects still on the go to risk getting sick.

So…with this new challenge in mind, today is the day I am testing out a new zucchini recipe to us…Zucchini Pizza Crust. The crust is made and been baked. Looks yummy. Also made some tomato sauce with some of last year’s tomato harvest from the freezer. (First time I have made tomato sauce with them. Have always used the frozen whole tomatoes in soups and chili recipes in the past.) But this new sauce tastes mighty fine, even if I do say so myself. This and the zucchini pizza crust recipe are setting themselves up to be keepers. Final verdict will be at dinnertime. And of, course, our dog Sadie will have to put her vote in too.

Oops! I was supposed to take a picture of the pizza BEFORE we cut into it!

As for work in the garden…besides watering, that is…I have been collecting seeds from various plants which have finished flowering now. Still some deadheading to keep up with, although there are some new flowers coming on the scene. The yucca flower stalks are phenomenal and the deep golden blooms of Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ (black-eyed Susan) are a cheery sight…even on a bright sunny day.