Thursday, September 30, 2010

Familiar Flavors of Fall

Fall is here and with it comes spectacular landscapes of red, yellow, and orange. In Cleveland Ohio the colorful leaves create a fiery feast for the eyes. Fall is also a time of delectable feasts of hearty stews, soups and savory desserts made with ingredients from the local harvest. Here are some pictures of our favorite comforting delicious delights we bake this time of year. We'd love to hear about the traditional seasonal treats (or tricks) that signify Fall to you.

Wanda's Making Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Savannah's Savory Sweet Potato Bread

Dorothy's There's No Place Like Homemade Harvest Muffins

Herman's Hermit Cookies

Patty's Pumpkin Patch Pound Cake

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Going Green or a Month of Zucchini at Baker Babes Bakery

Phyllis and I planted wonderful vegetable gardens this summer. The zucchini plants seem to love the hot humid weather in Cleveland Ohio, producing dozens of 14" long zucchinis almost overnight! It has been great to use these delicious vegetables in our baking and cooking. So as you can guess, we've been making loads of zucchini breads and chocolate zucchini cakes for our family, friends and customers.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I often make zucchini as a side dish with dinner. My recipe for zucchini stir fry has become my family's favorite. Here's the recipe for you to try. Its great with fish, meat, or poultry. I hope your family will love it too!

Judy's Zucchini Stir Fry (4 side servings)

2 medium zucchini (1/8" slices)
1 medium yellow squash (1/8" slices)
1 medium yellow onion (sliced thin)
2 cloves garlic (diced)
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. paprika
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. butter, margarine or olive oil

Slice zucchini, yellow squash, and onion and set aside. Dice the garlic and set aside. In a wok or large sauce pan melt the butter (or heat the olive oil). Turn burner up to medium high and add the onion and garlic stirring for 3 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir frequently for 15 minutes. Vegetables are done when the zucchini is soft and translucent.