Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another zucchini recipe

The following was the post I had about ready to publish on Monday, and then of course I lost Emma. Thank-you all for your condolences; it IS hard to lose a pet of any kind. I got Emma 17 1/2 years ago from a local breeder and hand-fed her; she's been my little buddy ever since. The only pet I've had longer was our cat Ozzie, who died last summer at age 18. I'd like to take a long break now from losing creatures I love....

Since you guys were so appreciative of a good zucchini recipe, I had to paw through my recipes looking for something more to please you. See how well I respond to positive feedback?

I can't share a photo of this recipe because I don't have ripe tomatoes in my garden yet (can you believe some of the grocery store prices for tomatoes???), but this salad always gets gobbled up at home and at potlucks. As a bonus, the leftover dressing (and you WILL have leftover dressing!) is great on tossed salad, too.

Zucchini Tomato Toss
4 cups thinly sliced zucchini (I use a mandolin)
2 medium tomatoes (I usually use more; sometimes they are halved cherry tomatoes)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (I don't like green onions, so I use yellow onions, or even minced dry onions)
1/2 cup white or cider vinegar (I often use clear balsamic vinigar for part or all; I get it at Trader Joe's)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons sugar (or less, if you use balsamic vinegar)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh basil (I usually use dried)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper, optional

Prepare and place first three ingredients in a bowl. Combing remaining ingredients in a jar or Tupperware with a tight lid, and shake until all is dissolved and thoroughly mixed. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

A different kind of "yum"Blizz's fleece is practically making me drool. It's very soft, has beautiful variations of color, and is developing lovely crimp. He's still for sale, but can stay here and produce wonderful fiber for as long as it takes to find a good home for him!

That's it for now from . . .

9 comments:

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Yes, drool, that is a good word for it....

Amy said...

Yum!:-P

Deborah said...

Love that fleece! What color is it? I only have two brown sheep, but it always looks gray underneath, which confuses me!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Deborah, Blizz is "just" a grey, a black sheep with the Ag (agouti) gene that causes the black to fade. But every Ag sheep can be different, some retaining more color and some less. Blizz is retaining more color than any of his siblings have at this age, so I'm thinking he will always have more color than some.

Do you know what color your "brown" sheep were when born? A LOT of colored sheep look "brown," as that is the color of nature (dirty, in other words!), but their true color is usually told at skin level. Still, it's all wonderful to spin, no? :-)

Deborah said...

Both of my brown sheep were brown at birth, and they're brown when sheared, but their fiber is more "taupe" when turned into roving. I love taupe though -- it goes with everything. I'm just confused about the way the fiber grows on the sheep, because it looks like each strand changes from brown to gray.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

If your sheep have dark brown faces and legs, I'd say they are fawn; that's what my Val is, and I suspect her two lambs may turn fawn as well. It's a "modified" color in Shetlands, and beautiful!

Kara said...

Oh, then what is musket!? Click on my picture of Cotton Candy to enlarge it. She was the ones with the twins. I registered the kat as fawn and the sugar lips boy as musket, but now I am second guessing myself. Maybe Cotton Candy really is fawn after all.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Well, muskets usually turn creamy white at the skin, or a little warmer color if they retain more brown fibers. I'll go take a look at your blog....

Wrensong Farm said...

Michelle, thanks for another recipe! I swear I'm going to start eating healthier every summer.....
Blizz is JUST beautiful.....I'm tempted to find a new home for my Jacob wether and replace him with Blizz!