If there was a prize for the worst Idahoan ever I’d be sure to win. Whoever heard of an Idahoan who can’t grow potatoes? Here in God’s country potatoes are a given. It’s what we’re known for, for goodness sake. Yet year after year my potatoes look like something out of a horror movie. In fact, this year I plain gave up and decided I was done with trying. It was fortuitous that Klondike Brands came along and asked me to try out their amazing Klondike Royale Potatoes. I was sold. I’ve learned a tremendous amount on what it takes to grow good potatoes and went out in the trenches, so to speak to see the process of potato harvesting from ground to package. I was impressed. …
Each week I create a recipe using the featured fruit or veggie of the week from the Preserve the Harvest Series. This week preserve the harvest was all about corn. I waffled back and forth on what recipe I would create. There were so many ideas running through my head I couldn’t make up my mind….
Garden Fresh Zucchini Fritters
Zucchini recipes are everywhere you look right now. I for one am grateful… keep them coming! I’m always on the look out for ways to use up my zucchini. There comes a point in the season when I am peering out the window looking for a friend, neighbor, a stranger, anyone really, to walk by the house. I have my bag filled with zucchini all ready and waiting. Pity the poor unfortunate soul who happens to walk by.
Can you see me running wildly out the door, zucchini flying in every direction, screaming like a wild woman “zucchini, wait, stop, I have zucchini.” It scares the living daylights out of my neighbors. During the month of August I’ve actually seen people sneaking past the house looking in all directions as if they are ready to run at the slightest provocation. So you see zucchini recipes will actually be saving not only me, but the surrounding county as well. Suggestions always welcome.
Garden Fresh Zucchini Fritters are all about everything good from the garden. These healthy fritters are simple to throw together, high on flavor and will make a believer out of the most reluctant vegetable eater.
- 1½ pounds zucchini (about 2 - 8 " zucchini), shredded
- ¾ cup fresh corn kernels
- ½ cup finely diced sweet onion
- ¼ cup diced sun dried tomatoes (dry pack, not in oil)
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg, beaten well
- 2 jalapenos, seeds removed, finely diced
- 2 oz creamy goat cheese
- 4 tbsp cream (milk can be substituted)
- 1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp cumin, divided
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Olive oil for griddle
- Place grated zucchini in medium sized bowl
- Add salt and toss to mix well.
- Pour zucchini into fine mesh bag or colander lined with a clean towel. Allow to sit for 10 minutes (salt helps to remove high water content from zucchini).
- In the meantime place corn, onions, sun dried tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, pepper and ¼ tsp cumin into medium sized bowl used to mix zucchini and salt.
- Once zucchini has sat for 10 minutes, wring out as much liquid as possible from zucchini.
- Add zucchini to vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Allow to sit about 5 minutes to assist in softening sun dried tomatoes.
- Add dried bread crumbs and beaten egg to vegetable mixture and mix thoroughly.
- Heat griddle (or frying pan) on high heat.
- Scoop out ⅓ cup of vegetable mixture onto hot griddle, pressing down mixture into a patty with spatula.
- Allow to cook until well browned on one side, about 3-4 minutes before turning.
- Carefully turn fritter over and continue to cook and additional 3-4 minutes until done.
- While fritters are cooking, mix goat cheese with cream until smooth and creamy.
- Add remaining ¼ tsp cumin and stir to incorporate.
- Serve hot fritters immediately with a dollop of goat cheese cream on top.
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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance – Alan Watts
Change is never easy, even when one has earnestly desired it. For many years I dreamed of quitting my job, staying home and having the freedom to putter in the garden. I desired more free time as opportunities presented themselves to get involved with my church and in community service.
All these opportunities were impossible with the physically and emotionally draining job I had as an operating room nurse. The hours were gruelling and on most days, it was all I could do to get home, make dinner and crawl into bed. I had no energy for anything else.
During this past year, I could feel in my bones that change was on its way. Work was becoming intolerable and my body was insisting that I listen to it by way of a herniated disc in my lower back. Believe me, I was listening. Having a bit of an impetuous nature I did what some would call rash after a particularly trying day with management. I made the decision that enough was enough and quickly wrote out a letter of resignation (after a quick consultation with the hubs).
There were moments of terror in those next few weeks. Questions of what would I do and how would we manage were always in the back of my mind. At the same time there was a prevailing sense of peace. I felt strongly that God was leading me down this new path and I knew that if this was so, He would make all things come together the way they should. I needn’t worry about anything else.
A few months have passed and I am only beginning to understand the ramifications of all the changes that have come about. With freedom has come a sense of responsibility to make good on my dreams of being of service to help others. I have been blessed with opportunities already and am grateful for them. I don’t exactly know what tomorrow has in store for me or what that looks like, but I am determined to take these changes one day at a time, live in today and let tomorrow unfold as it may.
A walk of faith on this road of life is filled with all sorts of possibilities.
I love the color and flavor that Blue Corn Tortillas bring to my pure food dishes. They have a unique hearty texture, more protein than regular corn tortillas and are naturally gluten free. Delicious for enchiladas, tacos or just as they are hot off the grill. Be sure to come back next Saturday for the recipe for my Carne Asada Street Tacos where I will put these Blue Corn Tortillas to good use.
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