The Determined Cook

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In a Zucchini-Kinda-Mood

Zucchini is one of my little one’s favorite vegetables.  I give it to her sauteed, baked, grilled and shredded in a salad.  This weekend, I decided to make zucchini fritters.  Scouring the web, I found a recipe on The Smitten Kitchen.  It was quick, easy, and the results were delicious.  In my version, I didn’t bake the fritters, but made them thin and fried them.  I also made a yoghurt dip with Greek yoghurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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Sunday Breakfast in a Dish

This is one of the easiest breakfast casseroles to make.  It takes every component of a hearty, Sunday breakfast and melds it together into a warm, comforting goodness.  The colors are inviting, the aroma wafting through the house is divine, and the ease with which it can be made is tempting.

I combine all the breakfast ingredients that I love, eggs, bacon, spring onions, orange and yellow peppers and hash browns and season with what fancies me at the time.  This is a great potluck dish as well as a great Christmas morning dish.  Prepared the night before, you can pop it into the oven when you wake up on a Monday, and by the time you are showered, changed and ready to eat breakfast (about an hour), you can have a Sunday Breakfast on a Monday Morning.  Imagine that!

Breakfast in a Dish

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When planning appetizers for our Memorial Weekend Party, I decided that I would try to work with a common ingredient – a fresh baguette.  My goal was to create a bruschetta bar where the baguette slice would work as the blank canvas, and art would be created with the various toppings.

I cut the baguette on a diagonal (the night before) and rubbed each slice with crushed garlic.  The baguette slices were then broiled on HIGH for about a minute on each side.  Wafts of toasted garlic and bread spread through the house.  For my toppings, I decided to go simple.  My first topping was a melange of Campari tomatoes (sliced thinly into half circles), chiffonade of mint and basil, lemon zest, red onion finely chopped, GOOD olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper.  For a slightly sweeter topping, I whipped a log of goat cheese and paired it with some great Italian fig jam.

My platter presentation was my pride.  Using lemon leaves from my garden and bell pepper pieces left over from another recipe, I decorated a silver serving platter.  The toasted baguettes were nicely nestled on top of the lemon leaves and my depression glass bowls served the toppings.  Not a bad way to turn something so simple into something so elegant.  Bon Apetit!

Golden toasted baguette with a home made tomato-basil spread.

Goat cheese and fig jam bruschetta.

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