Greek Yogurt and Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

Browsing the New York Times the other day, this recipe for zucchini bread using greek yogurt and olive oil caught my eye. It is delicious – more subtle and complex than other zucchini bread recipes. You can taste the olive oil, and the walnuts add the perfect textural contrast.

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Greek Yogurt and Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

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August Planting for Winter and Spring Harvests

As Seattle’s weather took a turn for grey skies and showers, thoughts naturally turn to the crisp and cozy days of fall, waiting just around the corner. After this unusually hot and sunny summer, there’s a certain excitement in the air among Seattlelites, looking forward to getting back to wearing rubber boots and hearing rain against the window. With those coming fall and winter days in mind, here’s a mid August garden update, and some ideas for your winter and early spring garden.

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Cabbage planting

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Blueberry Galette with a Pecan Crust

It’s been unseasonably hot all summer. While some parts of the garden are less than thrilled, over in the blueberry section, the mood is quite appreciative. With the bushes busting out, this Bon Appetit recipe for blueberry galette with a pecan crust seemed like just the dessert for a little summer garden party.

Oozy Blueberries
Oozy Blueberries

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Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca with a Muddle of Mint

When life gives you lemons, you may well find it turns out to be a good thing. You could, for example, trade them in for limes and make this refreshing strawberry lime agua fresca. With a cool, tart, slightly sweet drink in hand, you’re all set to take on the world… and the next heatwave.

Strawberry lime agua fresca

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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

As I sit in the springtime garden writing this, happy birds are playing in the bird bath, flowers are bursting into bloom, and the air smells sweet and fresh. Truly a wonderful spring afternoon. In celebration of the season, our rhubarb theme continues, this time with a new twist on the popular apple tart tatin. Caramelized rhubarb is topped with batter and baked in the oven, for a straightforward and delicious springtime dessert, in this recipe from Saveur.

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler with Lemon

It’s rhubarb season in Seattle. That special window of time when strawberries and rhubarb coincide and you must make all manner of special desserts to fully enjoy the moment. This flexible two-part slow-cooker cobbler from epicurious lets you make the rhubarb part in advance, if you like, and then bake the lemony biscuits at the time of your rhubarb celebration.

Lemony Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
Lemony Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

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White Bean, Parsley and Morel Pasta

There’s a boatload of parsley springing up in the Seattle garden at the moment. It adds a nice green bite in contrast to the richness of the mushrooms and the heartiness of the beans.

White Bean and Morel Pasta
White Bean and Morel Pasta

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