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Salt & Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Have you got a lot of zucchini coming in from the garden? Well here's a slightly different take on what to do with it...

Salt & Vinegar Zucchini Chips (adapted from Cooking Light)

1 medium zucchini, cut 1/8" thick slices
1 T malt vinegar
1 1/2 t olive oil
1/8 t sea salt

In a bowl mix vinegar, zucchini, and oil. Toss to coat. Let sit for 15 minutes. Place on parchment lined sheet pans. Sprinkle with salt. Bake 2 - 2 1/2 hours at 200. Flipping them halfway through. Chips should be crispy and lightly golden. Cool completely before serving.

Do not add more salt than suggested in the recipe. I did and they were a little too salty. Remember these shrink down a bit and, therefore, the flavor concentrates.  I used two slightly small zucchinis, so I got small chips.

Sunken Chocolate Pound Cake

I refuse to give up on this cake. It sinks down in the middle and I have tried so many different things to make it stop:
Reduced the baking soda (texture was not as good)
Used baking powder (texture was not as good)
Used cocoa powder (no difference)
Not using room temperature butter (no difference)

SO I decided to embrace it and just call it Sunken Chocolate Pound Cake!

Sunken Chocolate Pound Cake (Adapted from somewhere?)

4 oz bittersweet chocolate
1/2 c boiling water
1 stick butter
1 3/4 brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 t chocolate extract (optional)
2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 c sour cream (or Greek yogurt)

Pour boiling water over chocolate and set aside. Meanwhile cream butter and brown sugar together in a bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and chocolate extract. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, baking soda together. Starting and ending with flour alternate between flour and sour cream add to butter/sugar mixture. Add cooled chocolate mixture. Pla…

Tis the Season

It is once again tomato season. Nothing like garden tomatoes, garden basil, homemade mozzarella, and reduced balsamic vinegar.

Denver Eats

I had never been to Denver or Colorado for that matter and was quite excited to go. It was really beautiful. I cut out of a few of the conference sessions and went to the Amphitheater at Red Rocks. It was really cool.
 They had a listing of all the bands that played there. What was I doing in 1984 that I missed the Clash??!

The restaurants were really great. Larimer Street had lots to offer.
 First I went to Rioja. I had a tough time deciding what to have. I opted for the Octopus Farfalle in an appetizer portion. I was glad that I did. It was a tad bit spicy and we all know what I baby I am when it comes to heat. Then I had the Scallops as a main course. It came with eggplant spanakopita. It was quite good. Sorry no pics, I was busy eating.  For dessert, I had the variations of chocolate, which was beautiful as well as delicious. I at least took a picture of that. We were also treated to a mini beignet. I have to say it was better than the one that I had in New Orleans (shhh - that…