Recipes From The Zucchini Patch

TONTO VILLAGE

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The village is quiet this week, so the column will be a bit different. I promised a few zucchini recipes last week, since everyone's garden seems to be overflowing with this vegetable.

I am now on a restrictive diet, since I was diagnosed with diabetes a while ago. Zucchini fits right into this diet, and I have grown to really like it and it is a challenge to come up with different ways to use it.

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Sharon Pfleger holds the trophy given to the Thompson Draw Gang for their winning entry in the Tonto Village Labor Day parade.

The first recipe I call Zucchini Stir Fry.

First fry up a pound of Italian sausage, drain and set aside. Then sauté and combine zucchini slices, any yellow squash, and a whole diced onion. When the onion has turned translucent, add the sausage along with a can of Italian style stewed tomatoes and let it heat through. Add Parmesan or Romano cheese when ready to serve. This is satisfying and delicious.

The next recipe is for zucchini bread. The recipe was sent to me by Linda Stailey. Mix 3 eggs, 1 cup of oil or substitute 3/4 cup natural applesauce and 1/4 cup of oil if you like less calories, 2 cups sugar or Splenda, and 3 teaspoons vanilla.

Next, add 2 cups of grated zucchini, then mix 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3 cups of flour, 3 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder. Sift this all together. If you like, you can add 1 cup of raisins and/or 1 cup of nuts. Mix all the ingredients lightly, but well. Put into two large loaf pans or 3 medium pans and bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees. This freezes quite well.

I hope you enjoy both of these recipes.

Birthdays this week

Gloria Alliger will be celebrating her big day Sept. 23. Gloria works at the U.S. Forest Service office in Payson and she is a resident of Tonto Village III.

Ingrid Monk, who is part of the Tuesday evening pool games will be adding another candle Sept. 25.

Pool shots

Sunday afternoon, the winners of the tournament were Sam Coe, Cliff Landrum and Kara Shaw.

Tuesday evening, the gals played in Christopher Creek and the Christopher Creek gals shut out the Tonto Village gals with a triple sweep. The winners were Patty Boeschling, Cheryl Liles and Nancy Olson. I'd say it's time for a bit more practice for the Tonto Village gals.

The following was given to me by Mae Jones of Bear Flats, one of the ladies that I play dominoes with every Wednesday. It was so cute, I would like to share it with you.

Gonna be a bear

In this life, I'm a woman. In my next life, I'd like to come back as a bear.

When you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.

When you're a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you're sleeping and wake up to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you're a bear, your mate expects you to wake up growling. He expects that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup, gonna be a bear.

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