Thursday, August 3, 2017

Streusel Topped Zucchini Bread

This not-too-sweet zucchini bread hides those tell-tale streaks of green under a delicious topping.  

One key to baking with zucchini is removing as much of the moisture as possible before adding it to recipes.  I've found that using a salad spinner is a great help.  Then I let it finish draining in my sink as I get the batter ready to add it in at the last minute.  

Be sure to check for doneness at around 50 minutes, as it might be tricky to tell if your bread is ready as it hides beneath the topping.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Raised Belgian Waffles

Years ago I used to bribe my boys on Saturday morning that if they would endure an early-morning haircut by Mom - they would be rewarded with waffles and Saturday morning cartoons!  It then became a tradition on the evening of Christmas Day (after all the hoopla of the holiday has passed) for my late husband's family to converge here for waffles.  By then we were tired of turkey, ham, sweets, etc... and a light breakfast food sounded wonderful.  Every family brought a waffle topping & a gallon of milk to go with homemade syrup.   These super light waffles are great with a variety of toppings.  Our favorites have always been different kinds of syrup, ice cream, fresh strawberries, or strawberry jam.  

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Turkish Red Lentil Soup

About a month ago I returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Turkey & Greece.  Everywhere we went, they had the most comforting Lentil Soup.  Since I've come home, I can't get it out of my mind - so of course I had to find a recipe that was at least close to what I remembered. 

Before this, whenever I heard the word "Lentil" - I immediately lost interest.  But this soup changed that.  Of course, it could have been the location - that always helps.  But this is just as delicious as I remember.  Two things make it stand out:  smoked paprika (Spanish paprika is OK, but the smoky flavor is outstanding) & fresh squeezed lemon juice.  Be sure to check out the Turkish way to squeeze fresh lemon juice - without seeds.