Needless to say I give away some of my squash (yellow squash) and tomatoes to friends again this year. But I hate waste and I love the taste of vegetables straight from the garden. If you have to get the zucchini and summer squash from the store, remember to buy medium-sized (7 inches). If you can cut the skin with your fingernail, then you know they are cool.

Zucchini and squash as an appetizer
If you have cookies you will find that they make a great base for a kind of easy appetizer finger food. If you have run out of cookies, use as a basis zucchini slices. Top with cream cheese and sprinkle with onion or garlic powder. Add sesame seeds for a crisis or add your own favorite spices such as basil or chopped fresh cilantro leaves, some chopped chives, half a cherry or grape tomatoes (also great in the garden) or a pinch of paprika or dill. Be creative. The neutral taste of these vegetables prolific lets liven things up by experimenting with all the ingredients that have been hidden in his closet.

Zucchini Bread (2 loaves)
Why make a loaf when you can do two? You do not need any extra time, and you know you have lots of zucchini. With air conditioning, sodium is not as bad as it used to be during the summer months. Mix 3 beaten eggs, 1 cup applesauce ¾ cup sugar, 2 cups grated cheese, zucchini or pumpkin-filled summer and 2 teaspoons vanilla. On the other mix 2 ¼ cups flour, 1 cup of oatmeal and a teaspoon of baking powder and baking soda. Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon cloves. Add ¾ cup raisins or 1 cup nuts. Baking bread in two pans at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool and remove from pans greased and floured after 10 minutes. You can experiment with other spices in place of the three species above 3 teaspoons allspice or ginger. (Cardamom itself is another possibility, but a little goes a long way. Start with ½ teaspoon ground cardamom and see how you like.)

Breakfast Scramble Zucchini
Saute diced zucchini curry powder and shallots or onions. Add peppers and sauté, if desired. Add all and some diced garden tomatoes to eggs. You can associate this with zucchini strips that can be brown on both sides with a little butter. Spices as well as eggs, if desired. Now you have eggs and hash browns.

Zucchini Salad
Add squash sliced raw zucchini or summer (yellow adds a contrasting color) for a variety of greens and lettuces. Add peanuts and tomatoes. He ate fried bacon is also very good.

Zucchini Stir Fry
Cut apples and zucchini base 2 and 4. Add the allspice, Chinese five-spice powder or mint to taste. Instead add the onion. Serve over pasta or rice and add the ham or pork if desired. Cabbage is another vegetable that goes well with squash. Try caraway seeds when you use the cabbage with zucchini.

I hope this will make you think outside the box. You can fill a hole and fill squash with meat and spices and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also roast the zucchini on a skewer with tomatoes, peppers and mushrooms. Feel free to cut large pieces in advance and marinate overnight.

After trying all these different ways to use your garden vegetables, you can save for later use by freezing. Just cut into ¼-inch slices, blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes, then immediately immerse in ice water for 3 minutes to stop cooking. Drain and freeze in plastic bags. Leave about half an inch for expansion. Now you can continue to surprise your family with the new flavors to spice up the cooperative and abundant plant differently for the next six months.

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