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Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Lemon-Basil Sandwich Cookies

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm


Folks, let’s be honest – it’s all but summer time here, it’s the end of the semester, and any excitement I might have had about school has long-since been tempered by days in the eighties, too much sunshine, and the possibility of baked goods. After a certain point, there’s just nothing to be done but watch a whole season of Friday Night Lights and spend the whole weekend baking. It’s totally possible that I should have been writing not one but two papers this weekend, and got incredibly side-tracked instead. Read the rest of this entry »

“Not Really What I Planned” Ice Cream Cake

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

The summer has slowly settled into a routine: runs (with or without my dad) in the morning, go to work, watch movies in the evening.  While I love my job, it is unfortunately not what I need right now – it has been slow, and I find myself constantly wishing for the emptiness of polite and silly conversations with people while I ring up their purchases.  It does succeed in getting me out of the house, however, and is therefore better than nothing.

When I am in the house, I look at the somewhat-bare cupboards, and mostly feel bored and uninspired to cook.  There is something about the unrelenting 95 degree heat that is oppressive, and it easily sends me cowering for my dark room, my bed, and a book.  With the promise of ice cream, however, I managed to muster myself and make a cake for our very belated Father’s Day celebration.

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More uses for the Boats Growing in your Backyard: Chocolate Zucchini Cake

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 at 8:05 am

Because my garden is still growing prolific quantities of (delicious) zucchinis, I’m going to assume that yours are doing the same (or that you can buy some equally delicious zucchinis at your local farmer’s market), and therefore, that you are probably tiring of stuffed zucchini, sauteed zucchini, etc.  So, here I am, bringing you a new and hopefully unheard of recipe: chocolate zucchini cake.  This is an old family recipe (so old, in fact, that I’m not sure whose handwriting it is on the recipe card – my grandmother’s, maybe?) and while my mom hadn’t made it in quite awhile (probably I would have rejected this as an option when I was a child, so I rather doubt she made it then), last summer she used one of the baseball bats from our yard to make a delicious cake before I went to school.  This year, we kept up our new tradition, although I made it for my mom’s birthday instead.  Read the rest of this entry »

Zucchini Bread

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

July and August are the months of the year in which Barbara Kingsolver* says that people (at least those in farm country) start to lock all of their doors.  This doesn’t come from a sudden suspicion of their neighbors, mind you, but instead comes from the fear that their neighbors have, like themselves, been growing summer squash and zucchini.  They will, in fact, grow so much that they will attempt to donate their squash to their neighbors, because they have too much to use.  While we haven’t gotten quite to that point in my family, we aren’t far from it, either.  There have been a handful of zucchinis (we’re growing both a conventional green as well as a yellow summer squash) that I’ve just had to let go (and grow to become the size of whales) simply because either I can’t get to them or because I have too many sitting in my refrigerator, begging to be eaten.  Read the rest of this entry »