zucchini bread

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sometimes during the summer, we get a variety of free vegetables from the agriculture department on campus (i think that’s where it comes from?).  there is usually zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, corn, etc.  it is amazing!

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i usually enjoy zucchini sauteed in a little olive oil and garlic with some salt and pepper – the perfect summer side dish.  but i was instead craving something sweet, and decided to make some zucchini bread with my free zucchini.

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a quick google search directed me to what sounded like the best zucchini bread in the world from smitten kitchen.  i love smitten kitchen, so i was confident that it would be a winner.

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of course, the recipe was absolutely perfect and resulted in delicious zucchini bread.  i just love all of the warm spices that are highlighted in this quick bread, plus aren’t the little green specks just beautiful.  love it!

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baked zucchini fries

every tuesday during the summer and fall there is a small farmers market just a few blocks away from my apartment.  i always see signs for it but the market isn’t on my way home.  so i usually just forget about it and even though i’ve lived here for a year or so, i haven’t been to the farmers market…

until this past week, when i decided to check it out on my way home.  boy am i glad i did.  i was definitely missing out!  there weren’t a ton of vendors but just enough that there was a pretty good variety.  plus most of it was affordable and locally grown.  so exciting!   this time, i just picked up a couple of heads of beautiful lettuce and a basket of little zucchini.  but there was so much to choose from like fresh baked breads, honey, strawberries, flowers, herbs, and more.  i can’t wait to go again next week!

i’ve been wanting to make baked zucchini fries since i saw the recipe on our best bites, a super cute and super helpful cooking and baking blog.  this was the perfect opportunity since i had lovely fresh zucchini from the farmers market.  so tonight for dinner, i made a batch of baked zucchini fries and goodness, they are delicious!!!  the crunchy breading is perfect with the tender zucchini.  you don’t even miss the fact that they are baked, not fried.  i would definitely suggest making these as a healthy, savory side dish or appetizer.  enjoy!

     

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