11 Jul 2018

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You are thinking, wait, what?? How can you be excited by zucchini? They are so abundant, everyone gives them away. There's even a small town in WV where an unknown zucchini will show up on your doorstep. You have to try to get rid of it plus some of your own. It's a whole town playing hot potato!

Not here. We have been beseiged by some sort of fungus that killed all my healthy plants, year after year. They turned yellow and wilted away. No, it wasn't a vine borer. Tried full sun, partial sun, different seed companies, nope. Nothing worked. I have grown many other kinds of squash in between, but no summer squash. So this year, I picked up some seed on sale, kind of late in the growing season. I found space on the edge of the last potato bed. And now have two healthy plants that the mailman must step over to cross into the neighbor's yard. It's okay; he's really tall.

Solar Oven baking Zucchini Bread

The zucchini bread recipe, ah, the recipe. I expect I'll get to try many recipes before the season is over. This one called for a teaspoon each of salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Too much Umph for sure. We call it rocket juice. It made the dough react like a science project volcano. Dough everywhere! So I'll be poking around for other options.

Solar Oven baking Zucchini Bread

Today was partially cloudy. I used the solar oven anyway. Clouds, sun, clouds, more sun. It did cook. Took longer, but very moist. The little loaf gets frozen for a future date. The bundt pan gets used right away. The family will eat it for breakfast. I can't eat it; no eggs, no cinnamon. But I still enjoy baking. The bread went onto a fancy plate and into a lidded cake stand to keep the flies off. I get to prowl cookbooks to find the next recipe. I also need to pickup more flour and eggs. Definitely not using quite so much rocket juice on the next one!

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