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When your Zucchini get out of hand.

To celebrate the launch of The Good Neighbor, Book Two in the Fortune Bay Series, I’m continuing my week of late summer recipes with

Zucchini Bread, or

“what to do when your garden becomes the Little Shop of Horrors.”

The other day, my mother tried a piece of my Zucchini Bread.

“What is that flavor?” she said. “Mine has never been this nice.”

“Cloves,” I told her.

“I don’t like cloves,” she said. “But I love that.”

I have to admit it was particularly good batch. I usually grind whole cloves and if you are not diligent with the mortar and pestle, the flavour of the chunks of clove can over power the loaf.

This time I hadn’t been able to find whole cloves at the store, so I used ground and found it was better for this bread.

20150901_5057 Also, I wrung out the grated zucchini just the right amount and the moisture level was perfect. Last time I was showing someone how to wring out the excess moisture in a tea towel, was over zealous and the bread was a touch dry. But do wring it out to prevent a soggy loaf.

Nobody likes a soggy loaf!

It’s a great way to use that excess zucchini at this time of year, or get a nice size one at the farmer’s market and knock yourself out!

In The Good Neighbor, (yes! out this week!) Stephanie goes out to her garden and finds:

The Good Neighbor

The stump end of a mammoth zucchini peeked out at her from under a leaf. Not good. Zucchini were the jesters of the garden, growing to ridiculous, bulbous proportions when your back was turned…

Hefting a giant zucchini in one hand, she measured its weight, reminded of a childhood summer day spent grating the big ones for zucchini bread, the smell of cloves and cinnamon filling the air. She put the offender under one arm, the basket over the other, and started down the shoreline path to the cabin.

Cloves and spice, Aunt Augusta’s trademark. Stephanie must have the same recipe I have.

Enjoy!

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Celebrating Summer of Fortune Launch with a Long Weekend Sale

It’s been a whirlwind two weeks, launching the first full length book of the Fortune Bay series, Summer of Fortune, with a party under the grape arbor in my garden last weekend.

Commemorative Gwertztraminer wine made specially for the launch with the Summer of Fortune cover on the label.
Commemorative Gew├╝rztraminer wine made specially for the launch with the Summer of Fortune cover on the label.

I was selling and signing paperback books at cost at the party for all of my friends, and would like to pass on the savings to everyone this weekend with an online eBook sale.

From July 1-4, for Canada day and the Fourth of July weekend, I’m offering the ebook of Summer of Fortune for $1.99 on Kindle and kobo. (Read more about the book here.)

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Judy reading the Solstice party scene from Summer of Fortune.

 

 

 

The party was really to celebrate the launch of the whole series. I had been working on it for eight years, and it was wonderful to have so many friends and family were there who had been so supportive for so many years.

I know, so many “so’s”, but so true!

I come from a tradition of painters, and in that world, they do a bunch of paintings then have a show. You might sell some you might not, but either way, it’s a great excuse for a party! That’s really what this was.

It was a beautiful day, the food was wonderful, the weather cooperated and the sun shone, and old friends and new, painters, writers,musicians and readers all came together to celebrate. Thank you all for all your support.

So if you read eBooks, go to Kindle or kobo and get your copy. (You can download a free app to your tablet or phone.) Then curl up in your favourite chair outdoors and enjoy the long summer weekend.

Welcome to Fortune Bay

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