Zucchini is the Italian name for a summer squash that has been grown in the Americas for at least 2,000 years! In fact, the very name “squash” is a derivative of a Native American word for these vegetables. The first European explorers took seeds back with them, where zucchini and many other squash varieties became very popular. Americans became “re-united” with this old staple food during and after World War II when they found themselves eating and enjoying this American vegetable in countries that border the Mediterranean – especially Italy.
Historical notes explore the impact these vegetables have had on many cultures. Several varieties of both summer and winter squash are identified and are used in the 63 recipes that include breads, desserts, casseroles & baked dishes, soups, salads, skillet dishes and other treats like Chocolate Squash Cookies and Zucchini Brown Betty.
Winter squash can be baked into pies which will easily compete with the best pumpkin pies, especially with the addition of orange, apple or aromatic spices.
Zucchini: Italian? Or Old-Fashioned American?
Breads - Squash banana nut bread, zucchini tea loaf, squash cornmeal muffins plus more.
Cakes, Pies, Desserts - Chocolate squash cake, squash carrot cake, zucchini Brown Betty, squash ‘n apple pie, zucchini oatmeal spice cookies plus more.
Casseroles & Baked Dishes - Baked acorn squash with fruit, squash corn casserole, maple baked acorn squash, scalloped zucchini, baked spaghetti squash plus more.
Salads - Squash cheese soup, creamy winter squash soup, zucchini salad, squash-onion salad plus more.
Soups - Herb chicken vegetable soup, herb cream of tomato soup, chili with herbs, Chesapeake clam chowder plus more.
Skillet and Stove-top Dishes - Texas squash skillet, zucchini croquettes, winter squash Mexican skillet plus more.
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