It's Zucchini Time!

It's zucchini time, so thought I'd re-post links to my three tried and true zucchini recipes. I grow just two plants each year and have more zucchini than I know what to do with, so share with family and friends.

The relish is good on hot dogs, burgers or sandwiches.

The bread is nice for a quick dessert or snack.

The fries are a healthier substitution for french fried potatoes, and make a nice side dish.

Of course zucchini can be used in soups, stews or sauteed -- and served raw in salads or on vegetable trays, but if looking for other uses, try these.  The relish and bread can be frozen for later use throughout the year.

Zucchini Relish

Zucchini Bread

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Zucchini Fries
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Hot Pepper Jelly

Jalapeno pepper jelly is handy to have on hand for a variety of uses. It's especially good with cream cheese served on crackers, toast or bread rounds; can be spread on a burger or steak; and also used as a glaze for chicken, fish or even veggies.

Use it just about anyway you'd use jelly when cooking or baking.

It's attractive around the holidays with cheese spreads and an assortment of crackers.  And if making gift jars or adding to a gift baskets, it makes a great gourmet addition.

Green food coloring enhances the look, but red food coloring could also be used.

Here's a link for 30 ways to use pepper jelly!

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppHot Pepper Jelly
3/4 cup minced green bell pepper
1/4 cup minced hot pepper, such as jalapeno
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
6 cups sugar
4 ounces liquid pectin 
4 drops green food coloring
6, 1/2 pint canning jars with lids

Process bell pepper and hot pepper in a food processor until finely minced. Combine peppers, vinegar, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, then add pectin and food coloring. Let set for about 5 minutes. Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal.

Estimated cost: $6.00 or less; excluding jar, $1.00 per 1/2 pint.