Seasonal Sundays (Week 29) Zucchini Season!

Seven zucchini recipes, sides, salads, suppers, all for summer's hottest days. I hope you'll find one or two destined as "keepers" in your own recipe repertoire.

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Hey, all. Thank you for following Kitchen Parade, for checking in on these Sunday recipe collections. It means the world to be welcomed into your InBox and RSS readers and most of all, your kitchens. So thank you, thank you. And if you like this week's recipes, perhaps you'll share them with a friend or social circle?

It's a heady time to be a seasonal cook, yes?!

So for the next few weeks, count on me to tempt you with fruits and vegetables, suppers and sides and soups (yes! summer soups!) and smoothies and salads and and and and ...

Next up: zucchini and other summer squash! (Oh boy. Soooo many !!!!!! )

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: It's not my photo but do I ever recognize simple rounds of zucchini, sprinkled with little more than a bit of salt, barely cooked in a skillet with just a touch of olive oil. Soooo good!

In Praise Of ...

THREADS! I've long given up Facebook and never got into Instagram but since maybe 2018, Twitter became a lifeline for insight on democracy, the court system, etc. I tend to follow writers, journalists, thinkers, democracy warriors.

But it took awhile to build my "follow" list and then, ugh, Elon took over and Twitter became a real mess.

Enter Threads. It's intuitive and it's getting more useful by the day. And I do recommend it!

Just download the app for your phone, there's no desktop version (yet, maybe ever? who knows?). If you're already on Instagram, sign in there and if you like, import your Instagram followers to Threads. (I didn't, they're all food people and I don't use Threads for food stuff.)

When you first sign in, your feed will be filled with celebrities and brands, especially those with huge Instagram followers. Don't worry, those (useless posts) disappear once you begin to follow those you want to hear from.

So now build your own follow list. My favorite way is to find someone whose work I appreciate, then look at their Following list. For me, this was Heather Cox Richardson, though she's still more active on Twitter than on Threads. For you, it might be me? Just search for Alanna Kellogg, check my Following list. (FYI I rarely generate new posts/threads, I'm more of a consumer here and my Following list reflects that.) Follow me or not, that's up to you, of course and I'm not looking to build a following.

Then watch your feed, actively looking for re-Threads from others you might want to follow.

In just a week, my Threads feed has gone from 100% celebrities/brands I could care less about to something that just like on Twitter, I find interesting and compelling ... but unlike Twitter, without the vitriole and vile.

PREPPING FOR EXTREME WEATHER With extreme heat in the southwest, with severe flooding in the northeast (to say nothing of heaviest rain ever in Japan, earliest ever wildfires in Canada, record water temperatures surrounding Florida, tornadoes in Chicago, fatal monsoon landslides in India ...), well, it's just a matter of time before any one of us is hit hard and fast.

Who has a plan?

Not us, but we will, asap. I found this list thought-provoking, way past the usual "make sure your devices are charged". Prep Your Tech for Extreme Weather (from the New York Times, no paywall)

LESS IS MORE, THE GARDEN EDITION Everything's in full bloom now, the plants large and healthy, the herbs ready to bolt, everything flaunting midsummer color and growth. But ... it's all feeling a bit, well, much?

So this week, I loosened things up, pruning lower branches of the maple tree that shades the herb garden, pulling the pots apart to give everything (especially my eyes) some breathing room.

Most of all, we "edited" a pergola, a lovely grapevine-shaded spot for our outdoor table.

First, we cut back an old pair of flowering bushes flanking the entry, they may well come out entirely next spring unless the new growth at the bushes' feet takes off. I'm thinking something big and showy, maybe hydrangeas or snowball bushes?

Next, we re-located a pair of white urns filled with flow-y greenery, also at the entrance.

What a difference! Suddenly we can actually "see" the simple almost-elegant lines of the pergola and the fruit-laden vine overhead. The bushes were hiding it! The urns were so white, they dominated the images! And the flowerbeds nearby? Suddenly they're at the forefront!

There's a life lesson in here, me thinks.

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.


Zucchini Carpaccio, another easy summer salad ♥ Super Simple. No Measuring. Vegan. Low Carb. Whole30.

Quick Summer Squash & Tomato Sauté, another easy summer vegetable recipe ♥

Zucchini Spiral 'Noodle' Salad ♥, a fresh summer salad, light and lovely.

Feta-Stuffed Zucchini ♥, easy but impressive.

Zucchini Mushroom Tacos, another Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday idea ♥ A Veggie Venture, easy to adapt with what's on hand or just what sounds good. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Salmon with Pesto Zucchini Noodles & Warm Tomatoes, another Quick Supper ♥ High Protein. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Paleo. WW Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole30 Friendly.

Homemade Zucchini Relish ♥, a perfect way to use up giant zucchini from the garden.

The Miracle of Squash Blossoms ♥

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Favorite Summer Soup Recipes ♥, a seasonal collection of summer's best soup recipes, some served chilled and some served warm, filled with the bounty of summer's best fruits and vegetables.

Looking Back ...

Déjà Vu

Something useful ... or interesting ... or ... fun ... from Seasonal Sundays, this same week.

ALEXA, CALL MY PHONE Anyone else constantly looking for a wayward phone? That's me, especially since joining the ranks of Apple Watch people that puts calls, texts, notifications, etc on the watch and the phone.

For a lost phone, there's no matching the "Find My Phone" app especially if you think your phone's been left somewhere. But for quick finds? Just tell Alexa to call your phone and in two secs, it's ringing! There it is, right where I put it!

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week.

Easy Everyday Bread for the Stand Mixer ♥ Keeps for Days. Adaptable & Budget Friendly.
  • THIS WEEK I tried my everyday bread recipe using a 24-year old starter, a gift from our friend Margi. I'm long out of the sourdough habit but this bread was extra-good.
  • THE RECIPE Easy Everyday Bread for the Stand Mixer Better bread, no kneading by hand! (PIN This)

Just Updated!

Garden Pasta Salad with Mint Vinaigrette ♥, light on the pasta, generous with the summer's best fresh veggies and all tossed in a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s mint vinaigrette.

Homemade Peach Syrup with Fresh Peaches ♥, thick, caramel-y peach syrup.

Something to Read

Finally, something to recommend! And all thanks to my friend Margi ... we're always sharing book ideas but I feel like I get the better part of the bargain.

Hello Beautiful was already on hold on Libby, the library app for Kindle- and Audible-style books. But when a "skip the line" option popped up, I took.

What a book ... one of those you really don't want to end.

Call me grateful for finding a new author who's young and still writing ...

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail (my current address is in the FAQs), dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, tuck a question into a plastic Easter egg, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail, you'll find my current address in the FAQs. How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. When you make my recipes, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below or better still, on the specific recipe's page.

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