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Carrot-Zucchini Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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Happy belated Easter and Passover, and welcome to April! This week our featured recipe is a scrumptious dessert bread that can be eaten after dinner or with coffee in the morning. It’s a good way to use the carrots, zucchini, and oranges that we are delivering this week. You may also want to save this recipe for the height of summer when we will all be struggling to keep up with the massive amount of summer squash that grows in Washington. Instead of trying to pawn off a 5 pound zucchini on your neighbor, make this bread and spread the love!

Carrot-Zucchini Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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Ingredients:

 For bread

1 ½ cups all purpose flower

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. kosher salt

¾ cup brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1.5 cups shredded carrot

1 cup shredded zucchini

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ tsp. orange zest

½ cup chopped walnuts

 

For frosting

 

8 oz. cream cheese

¼ cup. salted butter

4 c. confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp. orange zest*

2 T. freshly squeeze orange juice

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 9 by 13 inch pan with vegetable oil. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, carrot, zucchini, vanilla, and orange zest. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and mix until ingredients just come together and mix in walnuts. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

While bread is cooling mix frosting. In a stand-mixer start by creaming butter, cream cheese, orange juice and orange zest at a high speed until there are no lumps. Turn speed down and slowly add sugar while the mixer is on. Mix until smooth.

Serve bread with desired amount of frosting, but likely you will have left over frosting for another batch!

*orange can be substituted for grapefruit or another one of your favorite citrus fruits

Enjoy!

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Sweet Corn Summer Harvest Salad

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This week’s recipe is a summer harvest salad that can be served warm or chilled. It’s delicious, nutritious, and looks great too!

 

Sweet Corn & Zucchini Salad with Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

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“CourgettesInBowl” by Simon Speed – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Zero, Public Domain Dedication via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CourgettesInBowl.JPG#mediaviewer/File:CourgettesInBowl.JPG

Ingredients

3 medium zucchini (cut into ½ inch strips)

2 ears sweet corn

1 medium onion (red or white)

1 ripe lemon

4 T. olive oil

2 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. black ground pepper

½ C finely grated Asiago

 

Directions

To make dressing, squeeze juice of one lemon into small bowl, add approximately 4 tsp. olive oil (should be equal parts oil and lemon juice), crush and add 3 cloves garlic and then add 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. black pepper and stir. Let sit while you prepare other ingredients.

 

Husk corn and bring a large pot full of water to a boil (enough to submerge the corn). When water is boiling, submerge corn and turn off water, let sit for 5 minutes then remove. When cool enough to handle, cut kernels off cob

 

While corn is cooking dice and sauté onion on medium-high heat until pieces start to look translucent. While onions are sautéing, prepare zucchini by cutting in half vertically and horizontally, then cut each remaining quarter into 4 strips. Add zucchini and 1 tsp. salt to sautéed onion and continue to cook for about 3 minutes (note: zucchini doesn’t take very long to cook, should just begin to be soft, you don’t want to lose the crunch). If the zucchini and onion look wet, empty onion and zucchini into a colander and let strain to get as much moisture out as possible.

 

In large bowl combine corn kernels and zucchini and onion. Toss dressing and sprinkle with grated Asiago. Serve warm, or let veggies cool before tossing with dressing and cheese. Enjoy!

 

 

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Skewers for your summer BBQ!

Hello harvesters!

This is the season of BBQs, and if you grow your own food, it’s also the season of tons and tons of zucchini and summer squash!

Summer squash is delicious, nutritious, and very easy to grow, so here’s a new recipe to help you use up some of that good stuff and entertain your guests at the same time.

 

Zucchini, Bell Pepper and Onion Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette

Photo Credit: Paul Asman & Jill Lenoble

Photo Credit: Paul Asman & Jill Lenoble

 

Ingredients

2 medium zucchinis, ends removed and cut into ½” chunks

1 bell pepper, seeds removed and cut into 1” chunks

1 sweet onion, cut into 1” chunks

Skewers for grilling

 

For vinaigrette:

2 cups basil leaves

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup white vinegar

1 clove garlic

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  • In a blender or food processor, combine vinaigrette ingredients and whirl until smooth. Preheat grill with medium flame/heat
  • Place summer squash, bell pepper, and onion on skewers, alternating as you go.
  • Brush skewers with the vinaigrette
  • Place skewers on grill and cook until the squash is soft, about 12-15 minutes depending on temperature.
  • Serve with some BBQ chicken or steak for a perfect side dish!

 

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The Perfect Potato and Zucchini Side Dish for Your Next Barbecue

Step outside the french fry zone and try a new way to get your potato fix this summer. This easy recipe lets you take advantage of several PCH staples and combine them in a tasty yet easy to make dish. All you have to do is chop, season and you’re ready to enjoy tasty potato and zucchini vegetable goodness.

It’ll be a great side dish to go with those burgers (or veggie burgers), and while you’re at it, why not grab a summery cocktail?

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Ingredients

2 medium zucchini, quartered and cut into large pieces

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 clove garlic, sliced

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

1/4 cup olive oil

paprika to taste

salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Combine all the vegetables and toss with olive oil and bread crumbs. Add seasonings and place in a baking dish.

3. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and lightly brown.

Original recipe

 

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Zucchini and Carrot Muffins

Ok guys, summer is rolling in, and that means summer squash! Here’s a fun little recipe you can make with zucchini from this week’s box. Serve at BBQs for a fun treat.

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 Zucchini and Carrot Muffins

Makes six standard muffins

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large egg

1 cup grated zucchini

1 cup grated carrots

1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (optional)

1 cup white whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare a pan with 6 muffin cups with paper liners or cooking spray.

 

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, salt, and egg. Add zucchini, carrots, cinnamon, and pecans.

 

Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the batter. Stir until just combined. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.

 

Bake the muffins until the edges are lightly browned and they feel firm if gently pressed, about 20 to 25 minutes. A cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin should come out clean. Cool muffins in the pan for 10 minutes; transfer to a rack, and cool completely.

 

Enjoy!

 

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