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Lime Zucchini Pineapple Bread

Lime Zucchini Pineapple Bread

Over 25 years ago I created a quick bread called Lemon Zucchini Pineapple Bread.  I posted the bread recipe on my website about a year ago and it was a real hit.  Since limes are some of my favorite citrus fruits, I naturally thought it would be a great idea to substitute the lemon flavor with the lime.

With zucchinis growing like crazy in my little garden, I thought I would give my new quick bread idea a try…  I grabbed my garden basket, a sharp knife and my camera and headed out to the garden.  While picking my zucchinis I had to stop and check out the other plants in the vicinity.

Fresh picked zucchini.

Grape leaf.  I just love the shape, color and its jagged edges.

Some of the first tomatoes of the year.  These are the Sun Gold variety.  Whenever I weed or water my garden I stop by and pop a few of these juicy tomatoes in my mouth.  I also like to pick a handful for my lunch or for a snack while I am working at my desk.

Part of my little garden.  I try to utilize as much space as possible.  Lemon cucumbers share the same pot as edible nasturtiums.  Winter squash, yellow zucchini and green zucchini share a small 3 by 8 foot planting strip.  There’s even mammoth sunflowers growing behind them in the strip.  No space in my little garden goes underutilized.  Plants have to learn to share space if they want to exist in my garden.  I make it a point rotate my crops from year to year to ensure good soil health.  Rotating crops means I will not put plants in the same place as they were planted last year.  Zucchini squash might get planted where tomatoes used to reside the prior year and vice versa.

Fresh home grown zucchini ready to be picked.  Later on that afternoon this zucchini ended up in my Lime Zucchini Pineapple Bread.  Adding the fresh squeezed lime juice, brightly flavored lime zest and sweet crushed pineapple makes a delicious loaf of zucchini bread.  It’s light, moist and perfect for a quick breakfast or with a cup of coffee on break.

To prove that my recipe was a keeper, I had to test my new bread recipe on Bruce without telling him what was in it…  First of all, the man claims to hate zucchini.  He would not try it in a million years if I told him that there was zucchini in it.  Unknown to him, I slip zucchini in many of the dishes that I prepare for him.  Okay… I guess what he does not know won’t hurt him.  I look at it this way.  I’m doing him a huge favor.  He’s eating his veggies without really knowing it.

After I pulled the loaves out of the oven and let them cool, I walked downstairs with a huge grin and popped a piece of the Lime Zucchini Pineapple Bread in his mouth as he relaxed on the couch.  He looked back at me and told me that it tasted good.  I then happily confessed to him that there was zucchini in it… Makes 2 fabulous loaves.  Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple drained well
  • 2 cups zucchini grated
  • 1 Tbs lime zest
  • 1 Tbs lime juice

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Grab 2- 4″ X 8″ baking pans and grease well.  In a medium sized bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix well.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, canola oil, pineapple, zucchini, lime juice and lime zest.  Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Mix until moistened.  Do not over mix.  This will look like a thick cake batter, and that is okay, it’s supposed to be that way.  Add the mixture to the two baking pans and bake for 1 hour or until done.  Cool on wire racks then remove loaves from pans.  Slice and serve!

Lime Currant Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lime Currant Cookies

Nine times out of ten, whenever I shop at the grocery store I will have limes in my grocery basket.  I love limes.  If I lived in a warmer climate you could comfortably bet that I would have a lime tree in my yard.  No, wait, I would have two…oh… maybe three!  There is something about limes that draws me toward the bright green color and the sourness of the fruit.  My Lime Currant Cookies have a distinctive lime flavor, sprinkled with tart little dried zante currants and a have a wonderful hint of ginger.  These cookies are so good that you might be able to exchange these for currency! Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 stick of butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbls lime zest
  • 1/2 cup dried zante currants
  • powder sugar for dusting

Begin by preheating oven to 350 degrees.  Using a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger and salt to the mixing bowl.  Mix well.  Add butter, eggs, lime juice and zest and mix well.  Add currants until blended.  Using a small cookie scoop or by spoonfuls, drop on silicone lined cookie sheet.  Bake for about 20 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet halfway through.  Remove from heat, let cool on wire racks, and then dust with the powdered sugar.  Makes about 3 dozen cookies.  Enjoy!  Tessa

Tequila Lime Chicken

Tequila Lime Chicken

If you ever heard anyone shout out “Winner winner, chicken dinner!” this is what they mean.  This tequila lime chicken is simple to make, and is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.   It’s made with succulent boneless skinless chicken thighs and marinated in a tangy, yet a tad bit spicy tequila lime marinade.  You can cook this on your outdoor BBQ or for you “inside” people, on your stove top grill.  I look at it this way… Rain, sleet or snow, the weather is always fine for BBQ!

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • juice of 4 limes
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbls. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp each of the following:  ground cumin, ground coriander & smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 4 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper or to taste
  • 1 tsp sambal oeleck (optional for those with a taste for fiery food)
  • garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs

Round up all your ingredients.  Find a medium sized mixing bowl for the chicken.  Clean and trim up the chicken thighs with your kitchen shears or sharp knife to remove any fat. Place all ingredients in the bowl and mix well.  Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, the longer marinade time the better.  Be sure to wash your hands and all your work surfaces after preparing the chicken.  If you don’t, you might end up using your “sick day” the next day.  Like I said, wash your hands, sick days are for times when you want to hang around the pool…

When you are ready, fire up your BBQ.  You want it to be at medium high heat and cook your chicken for about 10- 15 minutes on each side or when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  If you don’t have a digital thermometer in your kitchen think about investing in one.  It takes all the guesswork out of when the food is done.  Be sure to toss out your marinade after placing the chicken on the grill.  Don’t even think about reusing it (see comment about sick days).  When the chicken is finished cooking, place on your favorite platter, garnish with lime wedges, cilantro sprigs and serve.  Makes about 6 servings.  Any leftovers?  Chop up, reheat and put in some corn tortillas.  Add some pico de gallo, a squeeze of fresh lime and you will have the perfect lunch for the next day.  Enjoy! – Tessa