Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What am I going to do with all these Zucchini?

Or cucumbers, or radishes, or fill in your bumper crop here. It happens. You think, “Oh, these tiny little plants (or seeds) won’t all make it. I’ll just put them all in.” And, now, you’ve got more zucchini (or whatever) than you (and all your neighbors) can use!

At dinner the other night, Linda made zucchini stuffing to go with the chicken. She was encouraging people to take either some fresh zucchini or a bag of shredded zucchini. And, when everyone had taken what they wanted, there was still a lot of zucchini left. She looked at us and asked, “What am I going to do with all these Zucchini?!” Susie and I came up with several ideas: Zucchini bread, Zucchini dressing, chocolate cake. Our ideas were met with silence.

Then, I remembered the blurb I saw many years ago on the Weather Channel promoting “Sneak a Zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch” night in a town on the east coast. I thought that was a very clever way to celebrate and share the bounty of the garden! So, I suggested it as an option. She laughed. And, then reminded me that all her neighbors also had bumper crops of Zucchini.

I Googled the “sneak a zucchini” night and came up with lots of hits! Apparently, it’s now celebrated every August 8th. (We’ve had unusually warm weather in our part of the country this year, so everything is a couple of weeks early.)

Those are my ideas for zucchini. If you’ve got other ideas about what to do with too many zucchini (or radishes or whatever), post a comment.

2 comments:

Meredehuit ♥ said...

Great post! I'm still smiling. I will celebrate the "Sneak a Zucchini Night" with you. :)

Ginny said...

What a great idea! Since I'm not growing any vegetables in my garden, I wouldn't mind if someone secretly left some on my porch.

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