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Friday, September 27, 2013

Dinner and dessert from the garden

 Dinner and dessert from the garden!!

    We made brownies with zucchini and added delicious tomatoes on top of our tuna melts!
    I didn't even tell my husband or kids until the next day that there was zucchini in the brownies.  They had no idea!  So good and moist too!

    Great brownie recipe below copied from

Frosted Zucchini Brownies
from blogchef

Chocolate Frosting-
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
½ cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup canola oil
1 ½ cups white sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups zucchini (shredded)

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

To make the frosting- In a small saucepan over low heat melt together the cocoa powder and margarine. Set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, with a mixer, blend confectioner’s sugar, milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir in the margarine/cocoa mixture, allow to mix for a couple of minutes. Set in fridge to chill and set up more. Spread over cooled brownies, allow to set up (I placed mine in the fridge for a couple hours) then cut into squares. The longer these brownies sit, the thicker the frosting will become.

Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish. (I lined with parchment)
In a large bowl mix together oil, sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract until well blended. In another bowl combine the flour, ½ cup cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. A little at a time stir into the sugar mixture. Fold in zucchini and walnuts. The batter will be dry and crumbly, don't worry. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.
Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the brownies spring back when gently touched.Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before frosting.

Garlic bread Tuna Melts with garden tomatoes!!  Very easy to make!

Just buy garlic bread (I love the kind from the bakery with big chunks of garlic) Slice the bread and put tuna mixed with mayo on top, then sprinkle with cheese.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.  Fresh tomatoes from the garden sprinkled with salt and pepper really added to the flavor.  Kids loved it too.


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