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2012-08-29 10:53:12 AM  
6 votes:
You're reading a recipe from a girl who didn't know the difference between a zuke and a cuke in a grocery store where they are labeled.
2012-08-29 11:35:47 AM  
5 votes:
Screw you all. Vegetables are f*cking awesome. In fact, I'm gonna roast me a few heads of fresh broccoli for dinner tonight.

For the enlightened, you should really try this sometime. All you do is cut off the woody bits, separate the florets, then toss them in a generous amount of a good olive oil. Spread the stuff out on a cookie sheet, and salt/pepper to taste. Then put the whole shebang in a 400° oven for about a half-hour. Ir's done when the tips are just a little bit crispy.

If you've never done this before, it's a goddamned revelation. Best broccoli you've ever had. Roasting really brings out the natural glutamates, so you won't even need to butter it.

This works for just about ANY green vegetable, actually. I also do it with green beans, asparagus, and ESPECIALLY brussels sprouts. Oh my GOD, brussels sprouts are fantastic roasted.

Seriously. Try this. You'll thank me.
2012-08-29 09:37:14 AM  
5 votes:
Oh, that's simple: Feed the zucchini to a cow, then eat the cow.
2012-08-29 09:59:06 AM  
3 votes:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Pocket Ninja: Zucchini is part of a vegetable Axis of Evil that includes, also, spinach and cauliflower.

All of those pale in comparison to the Hitler of the vegetable world: broccoli.


I love all of those.

SEIG VEGGIES!
2012-08-29 11:54:45 AM  
2 votes:
Not to go all Bubba Gump, but this summer I have made zucchini bread, zucchini pickles, zucchini lasagna, sauteed zucchini, zucchini pancakes, zucchini leek soup...

It is a perfectly good food, very abundant and easy to grow. And full of nutrients.
2012-08-29 11:51:41 AM  
2 votes:

miss diminutive: My childhood is punctuated with memories of defiantly crying at the dinner table while being told I wouldn't be able to leave until I ate all my boiled or steamed brussels sprouts. I often shudder when I walk past them in the grocery store.


I firmly believe that there's a whole generation out there who grew up eating shiattily prepared vegetables.
2012-08-29 11:44:40 AM  
2 votes:

MaxxLarge: Screw you all. Vegetables are f*cking awesome. In fact, I'm gonna roast me a few heads of fresh broccoli for dinner tonight.

For the enlightened, you should really try this sometime. All you do is cut off the woody bits, separate the florets, then toss them in a generous amount of a good olive oil. Spread the stuff out on a cookie sheet, and salt/pepper to taste. Then put the whole shebang in a 400° oven for about a half-hour. Ir's done when the tips are just a little bit crispy.

If you've never done this before, it's a goddamned revelation. Best broccoli you've ever had. Roasting really brings out the natural glutamates, so you won't even need to butter it.

This works for just about ANY green vegetable, actually. I also do it with green beans, asparagus, and ESPECIALLY brussels sprouts. Oh my GOD, brussels sprouts are fantastic roasted.

Seriously. Try this. You'll thank me.


Roasting vegetables is the only way to go. Makes 'em all taste that much better. I make lemon-pepper roasted potatoes that are to die for. Get some potatoes, cut them how you like (rounds, wedges, cubes, matchsticks, quarters), coat them in olive oil and lemon-pepper seasoning, roast until tender. Serve with a nice thick steak and a green veggie, and you have yourself a farking dinner.
2012-08-29 11:44:34 AM  
2 votes:
Subby sounds fat. Zucchini is delicious. Chop off the ends, slice it lengthwise, brush with a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, & dijon, then grill over medium heat for 10 minutes. Lovely.

Zucchini bread is pretty damn tasty, too.
2012-08-29 11:42:30 AM  
2 votes:

assjuice: You waste good olive oil by cooking it.


Better than wasting good broccoli by boiling the $#!+ out of it.

Try it. Then, if you still feel like knocking it, go for it. But you won't.
2012-08-29 09:54:10 AM  
2 votes:
I like to make zucchini latkes, substituting the zucchini for the potatoes.

I'll also steam them, cut them in half, scoop out the innards, mix the innards with breadcrumbs, cheese, tomatoes, meat & herbs, and put them back under the broiler.
2012-08-29 09:50:41 AM  
2 votes:
Zucchini is part of a vegetable Axis of Evil that includes, also, spinach and cauliflower. I consider those who attempt to feed me any of these an enemy, and treat them accordingly.
2012-08-29 09:45:26 AM  
2 votes:
Good zucchini? Slice (accross into circles) and sautee in butter and salt until tender. Lots of butter -- that's the French way.
2012-08-29 08:59:42 PM  
1 votes:

Omahawg: sheeit, what's wrong with you folks?

slice that zuchini longways into quarters (and the small zuchini are better -use your big ones for bread, homey).

drizzle with olive oil, give a few shakes of lawry's and lemon pepper, grill for a couple minutes on each side.

serve and eat.

eat it, just eat it.


Get yourself an egg and beat it.
2012-08-29 04:38:11 PM  
1 votes:
kiwimoogle84: Beets are delicious!! What's wrong with your taste buds?

Please list the foods that you don't like so that I can pick one I think is delicious and you're crazy for not liking :P

// look upthread, I'm not the only one who thinks beets are disgusting. I'm in good company.
2012-08-29 01:15:40 PM  
1 votes:

The Why Not Guy: Zucchini in Italian is Cugoots. How can you hate something called Cugoots?


Zucchini are awesome.. but Zucchini in Italian is Zucchini... where did you think the name in English came from?
now if someone from the backwoods taught you some local dialect word and passed it for Italian... but at least don't go around insulting my lovely language...
as we say in Italian "Cugoots sara' tua sorella!"
2012-08-29 01:15:40 PM  
1 votes:
miss diminutive: My childhood is punctuated with memories of defiantly crying at the dinner table while being told I wouldn't be able to leave until I ate all my boiled or steamed brussels sprouts

My mom used to boil veggies, and I universially hated them (except corn, which isn't so bad even after being boiled).

When I moved out and got my own place, I also got a set of pots, one of which was a steamer pot.

I revisited the veggies that I had hated as a youth, and behold, some of them are downright tasty if you steam them instead of boiling the life out of them (broccoli for example).

Freshness and preparation makes such a difference.

// except for beets, I've even had them in a damn alcoholic coctail and even vodka was not enough to make them palatable.

Coco LaFemme: Beets are the only vegetable I loathe
...
Another vegetable I think gets a bad rap are leeks


I made the mistake once of chomping into a cooked beet. It was thanksgiving, I thought it was a slice of cranberry sauce. YUK!

Hmm, they get used more like a herb around here than an actual consumable veggie. Chop em up and throw em in a stirfry.

Nightsweat: The goat cheese cuts that grassy flavor they get sometimes.

beets taste like dirt, I also dislike walnuts.

// I'll take that goat cheese and lettuce and make something that's actually edible

zuccini makes a good cap for skewers (sorry, I don't have a good pic of them cooked because they were basically eaten by folks the second they came off the grill)
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Grilled is fine too
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Steamed with a strong sauce to dip them in
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2012-08-29 01:14:16 PM  
1 votes:
Best zucchini recipe the world has ever known:

-Cut a whole zucchini into round pieces, 'bout half an inch thick, and arrange on baking sheet
-cover with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and cover the shiat out of them with Parmesan cheese
-bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees
Eat the most awesome vegetable side dish God has ever given man
2012-08-29 01:09:52 PM  
1 votes:
Zucchini rocks. I like it fried. I like it roasted. I like it stuffed with ricotta. I like it steamed. I like it grilled. I like it sauteed. I like it in ratatoullie. I like it raw. Phenominal veg.
2012-08-29 01:05:56 PM  
1 votes:
And why the hell doesn't fark have a food tab


WHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??
2012-08-29 01:01:14 PM  
1 votes:
Do most of you not live in an area with a good Italian restaurant, or even a halfway-decent Italian sandwich place? I can understand hatred of cauliflower, or broccoli, but zucchini seems quite inoffensive to me.
2012-08-29 12:59:08 PM  
1 votes:
There are very few veggies I don't like.
Zucchini? Basil, oregano, salt, pepper, drizzle of olive oil, grill. Om nom nom.
2012-08-29 12:47:52 PM  
1 votes:
I LOVE raw zucchini. I just take a potato peeler to them. Start by peeling them into a bowl, but just keep peeling the entire zucchini away. You end up with a bowlful of curly, flat zucchini "spaghetti". I eat it just like that with dressing, or better yet, pile them on top of a salad like they were sprouts. It's best with Asian-style dressing, like toasted sesame or peanut tamari. Yum yum yum.
2012-08-29 12:44:30 PM  
1 votes:
Cut into coins, place in tin foil with sesame oil, salt, and possibly some herbs that go with other things in the meal.

Grill or bake as available. Or just saute and skip the tin foil. Make sure to save one to give to any algae eater fish you have in your fish tank (if you're a fish person).


/How do people not like Zucchini?
2012-08-29 12:40:50 PM  
1 votes:
kawarthacsa.com

The pattypan squash. 'Nuff said.

/there's a French variety that's just amazing...can't think of the name....they grow beautifully in my garden..delish
2012-08-29 12:34:38 PM  
1 votes:
None of you poor zucchini-hating souls grew up with a good Italian cook. Do this after a spaghetti night with homemade tomato sauce, or buy some of the Rinaldi low-salt jarred sauce.

Cut the zucchini into circles. Olive oil in a hot pan with lots of finely chopped garlic, and diced onion (one onion is usually all you need for a large panful of zucchini). Saute garlic and onion until transluscent. Add zucchini circles and a little water (about 1/2 cup), cover tightly for about five minutes to steam the zucchini (softened but not fully cooked). Add GOOD tomato sauce until the zucchini is reddish but not swimming in sauce. Leave uncovered and cook, stirring occasionally, on medium heat until the zucchini is done to taste and most of the liquid has simmered away. Serve with good parmesean cheese.
2012-08-29 12:33:44 PM  
1 votes:
Zucchini Bread and more than that, Zucchini bread french toast.

So good you'll punch your mother.
2012-08-29 12:33:27 PM  
1 votes:
Don't cook the sh*t out of it until it's colorless mush like your parents and grandparents did? That goes for asparagus, too
2012-08-29 12:32:45 PM  
1 votes:
I have a chocolate cake recipe using 2 cups grated zucchini that has tricked many years of children into eating it.
2012-08-29 12:29:01 PM  
1 votes:

miss diminutive: Coco LaFemme: miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Pocket Ninja: Zucchini is part of a vegetable Axis of Evil that includes, also, spinach and cauliflower.

All of those pale in comparison to the Hitler of the vegetable world: broccoli.

Which pales in comparison the Judas Von Hitler of the vegetable underworld: brussels sprouts

I actually really like zucchini and, like the article says, growing it is basically idiot proof.

Brussels sprouts are amazing, and I've found that the majority of people who don't like them ate them boiled, which causes them to get all gray, mushy and nasty.

My childhood is punctuated with memories of defiantly crying at the dinner table while being told I wouldn't be able to leave until I ate all my boiled or steamed brussels sprouts. I often shudder when I walk past them in the grocery store.


^ This. I think for me, it's a texture thing. I also can't handle eating lettuce that is wilted or cooked. I love raw spinach in a salad, but cook it, and I won't go near it.
2012-08-29 12:05:13 PM  
1 votes:
Sounds to me like there are a lot of precious snowflakes here who didn't get served veggies when they were little.
2012-08-29 12:03:17 PM  
1 votes:
I shall also side with the pro-zucchinist faction. They're great for grilling.
2012-08-29 12:02:25 PM  
1 votes:
Philistines.

Take a medium Zucchini, cut it in half long ways. Salted
Scoop out seeds and softer bits, retaining a bit to add to the filling.

What filling you say? Any damn filling

I use hot italian sausage, ground pork, tomato paste mixed together with some cheese heated in a sauce pan and then spooned into the zuch canoe until heated through, then then cheese on the top under the broiler until melty.

My wife uses rissoto, some basil, chicken with a bit of softer cheese.

Mine look something like this:

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Thing is it is great for using up leftovers.
2012-08-29 12:00:33 PM  
1 votes:
Stuffed zucchini = delicious. Also, garlic roasted broccoli and cauliflower with lemon zest and parmesan is ungodly good. Roasted asparagus is crazy good. Carrot souffle also delicious.

Too bad so many Americans don't like and eat enough vegetables. Maybe if we collectively put down a rack of BBq'd ribs and picked up more fruits and veggies we wouldn't be so goddamn fat.

/Loves me some BBQ ribs
//I make better BBQ ribs, brisket, or pulled pork than any BBQ restaurant I've ever been to.
2012-08-29 12:00:05 PM  
1 votes:
Yeah, right. I had some zucchini in Italy that was to die for. If you pick it from your own garden and cook it five minutes later, it's delicious.
2012-08-29 11:58:56 AM  
1 votes:

miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Pocket Ninja: Zucchini is part of a vegetable Axis of Evil that includes, also, spinach and cauliflower.

All of those pale in comparison to the Hitler of the vegetable world: broccoli.

Which pales in comparison the Judas Von Hitler of the vegetable underworld: brussels sprouts

I actually really like zucchini and, like the article says, growing it is basically idiot proof.


Brussel sprouts,gag me with a maggot.My wife loves them,I call them the Jolly Green Giant's balls.
Our patty pan squash is about ready to pick.Squash fritters next week,yeah.
2012-08-29 11:57:31 AM  
1 votes:
How the hell do you mistake a zucchini for a cucumber?!

And the best way to eat a zucchini is raw. Cut them up into little zucchini sticks and dip them into your favorite sauce/dressing.
2012-08-29 11:52:43 AM  
1 votes:

Coco LaFemme: Brussels sprouts are amazing, and I've found that the majority of people who don't like them ate them boiled, which causes them to get all gray, mushy and nasty.


Hate to keep harping on the roasting thing, but she's right. This is the ONLY way I still make brussels sprouts at home anymore. Olive oil. Salt. Pepper. Roast at 400° for 30 minutes. Takes all the bitterness out, and all you're left with is awesome. I eat these first, and THEN tackle the meat.
2012-08-29 11:52:19 AM  
1 votes:
I find zucchini rather banal, not much flavor until you grill it or sautee it with other seasonings. Other veggies, like broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers, cucumbers, radish all have distinct flavors that I can enjoy raw, not so much with zucchini. I like to saute zucchini in a little olive oil, with garlic and mushrooms and put it into my spaghetti sauce, or grilled with olive oil and sea salt.
2012-08-29 11:50:07 AM  
1 votes:

Coco LaFemme: miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Pocket Ninja: Zucchini is part of a vegetable Axis of Evil that includes, also, spinach and cauliflower.

All of those pale in comparison to the Hitler of the vegetable world: broccoli.

Which pales in comparison the Judas Von Hitler of the vegetable underworld: brussels sprouts

I actually really like zucchini and, like the article says, growing it is basically idiot proof.

Brussels sprouts are amazing, and I've found that the majority of people who don't like them ate them boiled, which causes them to get all gray, mushy and nasty.


My childhood is punctuated with memories of defiantly crying at the dinner table while being told I wouldn't be able to leave until I ate all my boiled or steamed brussels sprouts. I often shudder when I walk past them in the grocery store.
2012-08-29 11:48:31 AM  
1 votes:

PsyLord: Does it involve deep frying it?

/DNRTFA


I love fried zucchini. They've got a recipe for zucchini fritters at the bottom of the page. Looks and sounds delicious.
2012-08-29 11:41:43 AM  
1 votes:
Find a recipe for carrot cake.

Replace the carrots with zucchini.

That's how you make zucchini taste good. I just had some the other day; it was delicious!
2012-08-29 11:22:27 AM  
1 votes:
Fried zucchini is awesome.
2012-08-29 11:16:11 AM  
1 votes:
What is wrong with you, Subby? I love zucchini.
2012-08-29 10:35:27 AM  
1 votes:
Shred zucchini and use it in muffin recipes.

My wife does it all the time. It's good.
2012-08-29 10:25:57 AM  
1 votes:
I like zucchini...
2012-08-29 09:55:19 AM  
1 votes:

Pocket Ninja: Zucchini is part of a vegetable Axis of Evil that includes, also, spinach and cauliflower.


All of those pale in comparison to the Hitler of the vegetable world: broccoli.
 
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