My parents have been out of town for a few weeks, so I've been driving out to their house to check on their garden. Luckily, it's started raining again so I haven't had to do much besides fighting back the weeds and harvesting all the vegetables I can eat. It's nice work if you can get it.
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On one of my most recent trips though, I came across something I'm not sure how to handle. The folks have a pretty impressive little thicket of zucchini plants and the problem with zucchini plants is their giant leaves. Sometimes it's possible to miss a zucchini and most of the time they kind of fall off and rot away. But not this time. This particular zucchini was left unchecked for I don't know how long before I discovered it. It's about 21 inches long and a good 14 inches around at its widest.
I'm really not sure what to do with this thing. I imagine at some point a squash can become so big that the flavor is affected... or it becomes self aware. At this point, the only thing I can think of is zucchini bread. I think I might buy a much bigger grater and use Paula Deen's chocolate chip zucchini bread recipe
, one of my favorites. (In instances like this, it's best to enlist the help of a cook who can think big
But, whatever I do, I'm probably going to have to do it soon. This thing is worrying the cat and intimidating the other vegetables.