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Over a Cup of Coffee: Using grated zucchini

Diane Prather/For Craig Press

This week, our granddaughter, Megan, came in from the garden with a "granddaddy" zucchini. It's amazing how fast the zucchini grow. We keep a pretty close watch of the squash patch, and yet, there it was — a foot-and-a-half long, fat zucchini. So, that had me hunting up my recipes for using grated zucchini. One thing is sure; zucchini breads, cakes, and bars are moist.

Enjoy!

Zucchini Bars

• 3 eggs

• 2 cups sugar

• 1 cup vegetable oil

• 2 1/4 cups flour

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• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 1/2 teaspoons soda

• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 3 teaspoons vanilla

• 2 cups shredded/grated zucchini

• 3/4 cup chocolate chips, dates, or raisins

• 1 cup chopped nuts

Beat the eggs well. Add sugar, then oil. Stir in the dry ingredients, and add them to the egg mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bake in a greased jelly roll pan at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool and frost.

Note: If you don't have a jelly roll pan, try using a 9-by13-inch pan, and bake a little longer.

Cream cheese frosting

• 1 stick softened margarine

• 3 ounces softened cream cheese

• 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

• 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Blend the margarine and cream cheese. Add the vanilla or almond extract. Blend in the powdered sugar.

Chocolate Zucchini Sheet Cake

• 2 cups sugar

• 1 cup vegetable oil

• 3 eggs

• 2 1/2 cups flour

• 1/4 cup cocoa

• 1 teaspoon soda

• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup milk

• 2 cups shredded zucchini

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat after each addition. Combine dry ingredients. Add to egg mixture, alternating with milk. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. Grease a jelly roll pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Frosting

• 1/2 cup margarine

• 1/4 cup cocoa

• 6 tablespoons evaporated milk

• 4 cups sifted powdered sugar

• 1 tablespoon vanilla

Mix the ingredients, and bring them to a boil. Spread the frosting on the cake while both are hot.

Do you have recipes for using zucchini, apples, peaches, or other fruits and vegetables that are ready this time of the year? If so, please call me at 970-824-8809, or write to me at PO Box 415, Craig, CO 81626.