Why Lemony?
(the “About Me” page)

August 31, 2004

zucchini story

Once upon a time there was a very kind and busy woman (my mother) who had a little garden behind her house, and in this garden there was an ambitious zucchini plant that produced many large zucchinis. One of these zucchinis managed to grow to a couple feet long before being discovered and was kindly offered to her daughter at the end of a weekend of abundance in garage sale-ing. The daughter accepted the zucchini, not knowing what she was going to do with it, but trusting that something good would come of it. She took it home and it sat on her kitchen counter looking very large and very green every time she passed it. Finally she decided to do some research and found some big zucchini recipes on the internet and got cooking. As she realized how much food was going to come out of this one vegetable, she started thinking she was going to need some help eating it, and asked her husband to invite friends and neighbors over. She started feeling rather festive as the challenge of cooking this thing took over the kitchen and good smells started coming from the oven. Everyone enjoyed a very zucchini meal and stayed up late playing games and enjoying a little company. Some angel even came over to clean the kitchen! The daughter and her husband found this the most satisfying sort of evening to have.

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Maya lugging the beast

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Maya and Georgia with zucchini pancakes (not a success) and stuffed zucchini (better)

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Billy, Amy, and neighbors Polly and Kathy eating up (a nicely moist zucchini cake in the foreground)

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grinning at the feast

Posted by Bahiyyih at August 31, 2004 04:19 PM

We are laughing and laughing and laughing! See you soon.

Posted by: layli at August 31, 2004 11:06 PM

The Little Zucchini that Could. Or a reverse Little red Hen. What a great story you tell! Your first picture book manuscript. And every picture worth a thousand words. Maya is an actress.



Posted by: Nana at August 31, 2004 11:12 PM

Mmmmmm... yummy! Makes me hungry... I love zucchini cakes and breads! :)

Posted by: at September 1, 2004 10:50 PM

How much did it weigh? It looks like something you would see at a state fair.

Posted by: nathan at September 2, 2004 12:02 AM

When we lived in Bloomington, my mom used to host International Dinners every summer. One summer, we had a zuchinni similar to yours, maybe even bigger. We also had a proliferation of giant, semi-rotten tomatoes. While the adults at the dinner talked quietly inside, several of us met in the yard for a rousing game of Zuchinni Ball, using the zuchinni and tomatoes to play a rather messy version of baseball. It's a great memory.

Posted by: Katie at September 5, 2004 09:58 AM