- Believe it or not,So, please leave your porch light on for all your generous neighborswho are sneaking around in the dark tonighttrying to find enough neighbors to take some of the zucchini off their hands.If you are lucky enough to get up in the morning and discover a crop of zucchinihas mysteriously appeared on your front porch,I've included links to a few Zucchini recipesto inspire you with what to do with your newfound bounty.
Hey, everybody, it's "Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Night"!
Created by wacky website owners Ruth and Thomas Roy (of wellcat.com), this holiday comes just in time for the baseball-bat zukes lurking in your garden. The proclamation, created for the "Submit an Entry" form in Chase's Calendar of Events, reads: "Due to the overzealous planting of zucchini, citizens are asked to drop off baskets of the squash on neighbors' doorsteps."
The Roys offer some offbeat suggestions for what to do with surplus squash on wellcat.com, including this one: "Reserve half of the space in large, upright freezer, gather all available plastic containers and freezer bags. Drink a vat of your favorite caffeinated beverage, in preparation for staying up round the clock to purée large quantities of zucchini. This can then be packaged neatly and artistically labeled: 'For Zucchini Nut Bread Recipe.' These packages can be freely given, along with copies of recipe, to anyone on your Christmas list." (I've included an altitude-tested bread recipe here.)
But, wait, you say. How did this holiday become official? Since 1957, "Chase's Calendar of Events" has been the publication of record for special days, weeks and months, federal and state holidays, and historic anniversaries. The book is published each September by McGraw-Hill and contains 12,000 listings, many - like today's squash sneak - are suggested by the public.
The folks at The Spice Hunter got in on the celebration of squash, working up recipes for zucchini boats, albondigas (Mexican meatball) soup, and Lebanese zucchini and tomatoes.
Feel free to leave some zucchini on my porch - I didn't plant any this year.
By far the most ubiquitous member of the summer squash family, characterized by thin, edible skins.
Zucchini's ancestors, like all squashes, originated in America. European settlers of the New World were introduced to the numerous squash varieties by the Native Americans.
Eventually summer squash made its way to the warm Mediterranean regions of Europe where it thrived and was renamed zucchini by the Italians and courgette by the French, both names meaning "small squash", implying that they were eaten at their small, young stage.
Incredible as it may seem, zucchini became a rarity in the U.S. until it was re-introduced, in an improved version, by Italian immigrants in the 1920's
Zucchini plants are very prolific and easy to grow which has given rise to "Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night", and other similar festivities at the end of summer.
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