So Many Recipes, So Little Time... Blog at (9/2009)

So Many Recipes, So Little Time...

Sep. 26, 2009 7:39 pm 
Updated: Oct. 3, 2009 9:42 pm
Why is my garden still producing zucchini? I picked 9, yes, 9 two-pound zucchinis the other day. When will it ever end? Don't get me wrong, I like zucchini. But this is overkill. Sigh.How do you use up zucchini?Well, if you feel creative, you invent a recipe. I also happened to have… MORE
My Zucchini Apple Spice Cake
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Sep. 15, 2009 7:49 pm 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2009 8:20 pm
I decided to branch out yet again. In past years I only worked with tomatoes when I canned - salsa and spaghetti sauce were the only items I canned. Well, this year the blight fairy cast a spell upon my tomatoes. :(   I lost about half my crop. The peppers were unaffected. MORE
Pretty Peppers
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Sep. 8, 2009 9:35 pm 
Updated: Sep. 15, 2009 12:47 pm
Ever challenge yourself to use one ingredient in every dish served during a meal? I did. Labor Day around our place was chilly and touched with rain showers off and on. The grill was off. I'd seen a few recipes I was hoping to try, so I decided to make zucchini my focus and started… MORE
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Pam Ziegler Lutz

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA

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Jan. 2003

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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About Me
I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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