July 1, 2015

Notice: I am NOT a medical professional and have no desire to be. I am writing from personal experience only.  To avoid spoilage, contamination or illness, follow proper safety guidelines when canning.

When you live in New England, Maine especially, you have to really take advantage of the summer months.  Squeezing six months of activities like visits to/from family, trips to the beach or lake house, or quality time in a garden, into ten short weeks can be daunting.  Everything seems to happen at once.  Including vegetables ripening.

Remembering that I do live in Maine and at any point after say, August 30th, I could be paid a visit by that all to unwelcome guest, Jack Frost, ! find I have to speed harvest. Baskets of tomatoes, beans, summer squash and cucumbers coming out my ears! There is no way that my family could consume this much produce before rotting! All my hard work down the drain.  That is until I learned how to make pickles....

June 10, 2015

How Can THIS....

Turn Into THIS?

By using THIS!...

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

No one will know that this super-moist cake has zucchini in it! Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries for dessert, or with a cup of tea in the afternoon. But don't spoil your appetite for dinner! 

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

3 eggs, room temperature

1 Tbs. instant espresso granule, dissolved in 1 Tbs. hot water (or from this morning's left over coffee)

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups finely grated zucchini (ends trimmed, unpeeled, about 2 medium)

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I use the mini chips.)

confectioner's sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. Butter and flour a 10-inch bundt pan-really. Do this part.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking pow...

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Peter Sacchetti, MD

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York, Maine  03909

Southern Maine, Southern New Hampshire, Portsmouth, Kittery, Kennebunk

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