How is it that I’ve been doing this blog for nearly a year and haven’t posted zucchini bread yet? Shocking, I’m telling you! Next to banana bread, zucchini bread is one of my most loved, most often baked treats. With summer squash season just revving up, we all need a good zucchini bread recipe to fall back on. This is my favorite.
Well, it finally happened. I had my first bundt cake disaster. I had heard rumors and rumblings about the difficulties of bundts, but every bundt cake I’d ever made turned out just perfectly. I figured I was immune to the horror of sticking cakes. Apparently not.
When things aren’t quite right, I bake. When work is spiraling out of control at high speed and my personal life is stuck in neutral, I bake. When winter is too long and the sun is too absent and I’m feeling too restless, I bake. When my house is out of order and life feels a little unsettled and I feel like I’m waiting for some undefined something to put things back in place, I bake. There is nothing more soothing or calming in my world.
I love, love, love bananas. I’m not much of a fruit girl, really. Oh, I love berries when they’re in season-raspberries and strawberries and cherries-but that time is fleeting. If you put an apple or an orange in front of me, I’ll eat it, and I’ll even like it… assuming it’s not a macintosh, that is. But I would never go out of my way for an apple or an orange or a pear or a grape for that matter. Bananas though, bananas are my boo.
I am well aware that I am far from the only one out there to love pumpkin. The majority of my friends wait year-round for the Octoberfests and pumpkin ales to pop up in the bodegas and pubs. We love the pumpkin lattes at starbucks. We can’t wait for the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. Pumpkin and black bean soup is on the dinner roster. And there are those cute little mallow pumpkins that, although I know I should hate, I absolutely love. I know I am not even remotely unique in this seasonal pumpkin fascination, but I don’t care, I’ll be a lemming. And I can’t think of a better way to start off pumpkin madness that with the awesome loaf.
More pumpkin after the jump
So this wasn’t my first dinner party, but it is the first once since I started this here little blog. As dinner parties go, this one was disjointed, to say the least. Indecision, one of my few (ha!) less-than-awesome personality traits, won over and I just couldn’t pick a theme. What I ended up with were loosely french appetizers, moroccan main course and an english dessert. You know how you’re never supposed to try out new recipes on guests? Yeah I don’t follow that rule. Dinner parties are my chance to experiment with a whole lotta recipes all at once. It might be ill advised, but shoot, it’s fun. Keep ‘er movin’, there’s more!