Rhiannon and I grew up in a small town. It wasn’t uncommon for people there to leave their houses or cars unlocked. In fact, I remember someone saying that the only time they locked their car in town was in the fall. Maybe you think a would-be thief could be seasonal, but then, wouldn’t it make more sense to take up burglary in the winter around gift-giving time?
No, the reason for the locked vehicles was that the late summer into fall season is when people are harvesting veggies from their gardens. Lots of veggies. If you didn’t lock your car when parked at the grocery store, you were liable to come back to find your back seat filled with bags of cucumbers or zucchini.
In the suburbs where we live now, gardening isn’t as popular. Face it, when your back lawn is roughly the size of a large welcome mat, it doesn’t leave many people with much opportunity. We’ve considered turning parts of our yard into a mini-garden, just enough to grow a few produce plants with vegetables we already like to eat.
One of Rhiannon’s coworkers has a garden and recently gave us some huge zucchini. It’s enough that probably weren’t going to eat it all ourselves, so we needed to come up with some creative ways to use it. Zucchini bread, zucchini bars, and of course, zucchini chocolate fudge cake ensued.
Because anything with three cups of shredded zucchini has to be good for you, regardless of what else is in it, right?