Take My Zucchini, Please
By Lynn Rebuck –
It’s that time of the summer when I don’t know what to do with all of the zucchini growing in my garden. We cannot eat it as fast as it grows. It seems like the innocent plants I bought at a local greenhouse and planted in my yard went from zero to zucchini overnight. And it’s not only that these plants are prolific.
If you turn away for a second, the normal-sized zucchini that was on the plant a moment earlier grows to gargantuan size. Now what am I to do with it? I’ve given zucchini to the mailman, the dentist, and every person that walks past my house. The other day I chased down a jogger just to provide one that he could use to ward off stray dogs.
My family has endured every culinary variation of zucchini. I have made zucchini mousse, zucchini gelatin, and zucchini cupcakes. Those didn’t go over well with the 6-year olds at the birthday party. I invented the zucchini split, complete with three scoops of zucchini ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry tomato on top. I do make one recipe that my family likes. I bake a combination of banana bread and zucchini bread. I call it “Bikini Bread.” The recipe is on my website, www.LynnRebuck.com.
I’ve even tried paying my debts with zucchini. The other day I handed the clerk a large zucchini to pay for my groceries. She handed me some patty pan squash as change.
If you’re also overwhelmed by the abundance of zucchini in your garden, here are some suggestions for what to do with all of it:
Throw a zucchini skin care party, complete with squash facials and a slice of zucchini over each eye to remove puffiness (zucchini is the new cucumber).
Forget about T-ball and sign your kid up for the latest zucchini-inspired little league craze, Z-ball. One child hit a three-run homer with a homegrown 23-inch zucchini.
Weave some strings through a couple of the broader ones, get a small ball, and play squash.
To deter automobile theft, place a large zucchini across your steering wheel. Tell your friends it is the new green version of the “The Club,” then give them one for their car.
Make new friends who don’t have a garden. Give them a zucchini gift basket.
If all else fails, you can do with your zucchini harvest what someone did a few years back with their garbage during a New York City garbage collection strike. Unable to get rid of it, they wrapped it as a gift and left it in their unlocked car overnight. Someone stole it.
Remember my new motto: “Speak softly, and carry a big zucchini.”
© 2011 Lynn Rebuck