cooking, friends, friendship, garden, recipe

friends share zucchini

When we were young, my mother would constantly remind us to choose our friends wisely.   “If you hang around sailors, you are going to swear like a sailor”.

cracker jacksOnce a month, our parents would go out to dinner.  The babysitter would give us each a box of Cracker Jack’s.   The boy on the box was the only sailor I really “knew”. He had a dog and gave away a surprise.  He didn’t seem that harmful.

Enter a new friend I made a few years back.  She is Greek.  Thus my curiosity in Greek cooking and dishes and customs has increased 10 fold.

Is it any wonder that lately I am drawn to Greek recipes like a dog to a dripping ice cream cone?

I made so many Greek Green Beans last year, even I got a bit tired of that dish.  For a time, I added Spanakopita to the lineup. Awww, my love affair with Filo Dough is alive and well, people.

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A couple of days ago, a neighbor graciously shared some zucchini with us.  Goodness, it’s that season of an over abundance of that vegetable.  Everyone is “blessing” anyone they know or don’t know with that vegetable.   I will admit to not planting any in my garden.  I had a sneaky suspicion that someone would have an extra one or two they would share.

You know?…………it’s been ages since I rustled up some Zucchini Fritters.  Sounds really lovely for a nice summer dinner.  Slice up some cucumbers and tomatoes and onions………we were off and running.

I went to look up my recipe……….wait, what’s this?

Greek Zucchini Fritters?  Yes, please!

20170810_123041-1_resized_1Google can most certainly help you with a recipe.

Would you like two 20170810_182808-1_resized_2secret tricks to beautiful fritters?

Shred the zucchini, salt with some Rosemary salt and let it drain for a couple of hours. Then squeeze out all the moisture you can.  Go heavy on the dill.  No, add a bit more.  Okay, a touch more.  Ha, that’s about right.  Wait, maybe another sprig or two.  Geesh, you already have the cutting board & knife out on the counter.

You will need:

2-pound large zucchini, trimmed and grated (I used the fetafood processor), Rosemary salt, fresh ground pepper,  2 eggs, 1/2 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs, dill, mint, parsley ( you know I went heavy on the dill), 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 cup breadcrumbs or more if necessary, 1 cup of beautiful Feta (the really good stuff, with extra zip/tang, spend the money, go to the deli, I’m telling you, it’s worth it)

No, I didn’t deep fry those beauties.  I used a griddle and got them nice and crispy. So alongside those crispy edges and a warm, tender center, I served a luscious creamy tzatziki sauce, which is the combination we are all looking to create.

The very next time you come home and someone has “graciously” dumped 2 or 3 zucchini’s on your door step…………..instead of the “well, I guess I could bake some zucchini bread” which will never get finished…………………. Might I gently suggest a tasty alternative?

I offer up to you……………..TA-DA…….Glorious Greek Zucchini Fritters.

So easy, so flavorful, crispy outside, moist, “meaty” delicious inside.
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Oh, and in the choosing friends wisely department?

I chose wisely.

Chat soon.

 

 

haPPY, pure goodness, sewing, Uncategorized

owls, monkeys & turtles, oh my

40 years ago this summer, I learned to sew. Over the course of three months, I made the same blouse seven times.  One had buttons, one had a zipper, one had gathers …. you get the idea.  My grandmother was a big believer in learning to sew by doing.  She would show me one method one time, then I was to try and try my best.

I have sewn all of those years.  I was an Army wife for several years, so you KNOW I can make curtains.  Lots and lots of curtains. Oh and costumes, oodles and oodles of children’s costumes.

DSCN4324I have also sewn prom dresses, wedding dresses,  vests, costumes,  Christening gowns, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, quilts, aprons, shorts, pants, skirts and the list goes on and on.  I have repaired and altered (no, not fun).  I have sewn really lovely things. I have sewn things for people which I did not care for.  The items, not the people.  ha

DSCN4356I gotta tell you, the most fun and happy things I have ever sewn have been all the things for my grands.  Dolls and clothes and dresses and bibs.  Lots of bibs.  This past week colorful fabric has surrounded me.  Oh and animals. Owls and Monkeys and Turtles have been marching across my sewing table this past week. DSCN4360

…and jingle bells………….yes, each of the grandgirlie dresses have a jingle bell sewn in.  When I was a little girl, my grandmother sewed them into our dresses so we would have to sit still during church service.   I sew them into dresses for pure goodness and happy.   You have to twirl and swirl and jump, so you can hear the jingle bell.  Their mom has promised pictures of the girls wearing the new frocks.  I promise to share.

In my sewing room, I twirl and swirl, create and listen to loud music…….. my world is happy and challenging and healing and everything good.  Sew good.