"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." Marthe Troly-Curtin

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Zucchini Relish Recipe

I got this recipe from my dear mother-in-law about 30 years ago.  Once you taste this you will never use "store bought" sweet relish again.  I use my food processor to rough chop the zucchini, peppers and onions.

10 cups            Zucchini
4 cups               Onion
1 cup               Green Pepper
5 Tablespoons   Salt

1.  Mix and let set overnight in the refrigerator.  
2.  Drain, rinse and squeeze out excess juices.  
3.  Put veggie mixture into a large stock pot.
4.  Add the following mix to the Zucchini. 

2 cups               Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon        Dry Mustard
2 teaspoons       Celery Seed
2 teaspoons       Turmeric
2 teaspoons       Nutmeg
6 cups               Sugar
1 tablespoon      Flour

5.  Cook for 30 minutes and put into pint jars.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Healthy-Creamy Gorgonzola Polenta with Summer Squash Saute

If you've always thought that polenta was labor-intensive, think again; our creamy version almost cooks itself  while you prepare the squash saute. Once you get the hang of it, try other sauces and toppings such as marinara or pesto. The Gorgonzola makes it rich and flavorful; soft goat cheese is a good substitute.

1 14-ounce can vegetable broth or vegetarian chicken-flavored broth,
3/4 cup water
6 tablespoons cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 small summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Bring 1 cup broth and 3/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Slowly whisk in cornmeal and pepper until smooth. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until very thick and no longer grainy, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in Gorgonzola; remove the pot from the heat. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to I minute. Add zucchini and squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and garlic; stir to coat. Stir in the remaining broth and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and the vegetables are tender, I to 2 minutes. Stir in basil; serve the saute over the polenta.

Active Minutes: 40
Total: 40 minutes
Per Serving: 299 calories; 17 g fat (6 g sat, 7 g mono); 22 mg cholesterol;
28 g carbohydrate; 12 g protein; 5 g fiber; 392 mg sodium; 372 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (40% daily value), Calcium (16%dv).

Makes 2 servings