Back In The Kitchen

So happy to be back in cooking/baking mode. It must be the time of year. With the rain pelting on the windows, it feels good to be ensconced in my kitchen. I started out with zucchini pineapple bread. I found this recipe on food.com last year and really enjoyed it.

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I started with grating the zucchini and squeezing out all the moisture.

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I beat the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar and then stirred in the zucchini and pineapple.

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Next you combine all the dry ingredients, add to batter, stir and then add the nuts and raisons.

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And now it’s ready for the oven. Easy peasy!

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While that’s in the oven, it’s the perfect time to put on a pot of vegetable beef soup. I start by putting some ground beef in a pot with a bit of water and 2 bay leaves and then check and see what veggies I have on hand.

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I chopped it all up……

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and added it to the pot along with beef stock, tomato sauce and garlic and of course salt and pepper.

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I also like to add some fresh grated parmesan cheese and then let it just sit on the stove and simmer until all the veggies are cooked.

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Time to take the bread out.

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And turn the soup off.

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Slice up the bread….

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and enjoy!

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Oh, it smells so good in here. And it feels good to finally get my kitchen mojo back. This soup is so good that I could eat it everyday. And the bread – it tastes great plain, with butter or cream cheese.

Here’s the recipe:

ZUCCHINI PINEAPPLE BREAD

3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini with all the moisture squeezed out.
8 oz. drained, crushed pineapple
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinammon
1 cup raisons
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy
2. Stir in zucchini and pineapple
3. Combine dry ingredients and add to batter
4. Add nuts and raisons and stir
5. Pour into 2 well greased loaf pans
6. Bake at 350 degrees. The recipe says one hour but my bread was done in 50 minutes.
7. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes

I enjoy this bread from the time it comes out of the oven and for days afterward. It makes great french toast and tastes just as good when defrosted as it does when you first bake it. Great item to freeze and give for holiday gifts.

What’s going on in your kitchen? Is this autumn weather inspiring you to cook too? Well, thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving your comments. I always enjoy reading each and every one of them.

Love,

Susan
xoxo

Comments

  1. says

    May I have some of both, please :) I have run out of the two types of soup I have made since I came down with a cold, and yours looks soooo good! Also, the zucchini bread looks wonderful…and I never thought of using it for french toast…yum. Thanks for sharing your recipes, Susan! I’m off to make some vegetable soup! xx

    • says

      Oh, Gracie, I was hoping you’d be feeling better by now. Those darn colds really like to linger, don’t they?
      Maybe you need to make yourself some good, old fashioned chicken soup. Take care.

  2. says

    I feel lucky to have kitchen mojo as I am sure you do too..your post is COZY..and delicious looking :)
    I’s creative..and calming..to bake..make soups etc..all in the comfort of our home.

    • says

      Aren’t we lucky, Monique, to find such comfort in our homes? I honestly enjoy spending time in the kitchen, cooking and baking – it also brings back sweet memories of my mother who cooked for us with such love.

  3. says

    oh … heavenly!
    i would rather have a bread like that than cake!
    and you make soup the same way i do.
    only i saute` my crumbled beef with the onions first.
    otherwise… the exact same way… and it’s wonderful!
    yes. this time of year calls for that in a cosy home.
    i can smell the divine soup and your bread from here! XO♥
    and p.s.
    you could be a foodie photographer! YOU ARE THAT GOOD! wow.

  4. says

    Thanks for your kind words, Tammy. I use a little old point and shoot. That’s funny you mentioned sautéing the beef and onions first – I was thinking of giving that a try next time.

  5. says

    Another great recipe. I shall be making the soup for dinner for sure. I sure get into a soup mood when the evenings start to chill. This one sounds so yummy. Thanks Susan

    • says

      Hi Barb – I haven’t looked at that recipe in years, but I’m sure if it’s not exactly the same, it’s very close. I’m sure the 2 bay leaves were in her recipe because she add added that to all her soup. Miss you. Xoxo

  6. Stephanie says

    Well, now you made me hungry with your delicious looking food :) The bread looks and sounds quite tasty – what a wonderful idea to add pineapple. And the soup….yum! I have some leftover hamburger and I think I will use it to make this soup for supper tomorrow night.

    Thank you for sharing the recipes and thanks for visiting my blog today – it was a joy to hear from you. Hugs and blessings! Stephanie – The Enchanting Rose

    • says

      Hi Stephanie – Oh, definitely give the soup a try. it’s so simple and so delicious. I usually add potatoes but you substitute pasta if you don’t have potatoes. And you can toss in any veggies you have on hand. It really is good.
      So glad you stopped by.

    • says

      Hi Tandy. There were tons of zucchini at the farmers market so I guess that’s why so many people are making bread.
      I popped one loaf in the freezer for next week. And like you, I always feel like a bowl of soup is a treat.

    • says

      Oh, I’m so glad you liked it Sharon. My recipes are always so flexible so you can add or subtract the ingredients to your taste. Hope you found the amounts that were right for you.

  7. says

    After grilling pretty much everything for a few months, it’s kind of nice to turn on the oven and cook some comfort food, isn’t it?

    We cook soup the same way Susan, and there are few things I love cooking more. It’s so versatile and satisfying!

    The bread looks and sounds amazing! I could have used this recipe a couple of weeks ago :).

    xxx

  8. says

    thanks for the recipe, it looks good good good. I love zucchini in any shape or form. I love when it gets cold outside and you want soups and stews and a warm kitchen :)

  9. says

    Yummmmmmy! I love zucchini loaf and that stew… Mmm. I have to make some now lol. I found this great recipe on foodgawkerdotcom “Lemon zucchini loaf” with lemon cream cheese icing from “the kitchen paper” sooooo good. I have not tried fooddotcom. I will look it up now and see what its all about thanks for sharing always love seeing whats cooking you your kitchen

  10. says

    Oh what a lovely pairing!
    I have weight watcher squash bread to make later. Im roasting a big pot of vegetables.
    I’ve had a head cold so the dinners have been very light: canned chicken soup, and chili from the store.
    But soon:
    a turkey in the crockpot , breast with orange juice and onion soup mix

    • says

      That sounds delicious Kathy – I love anything I can put in the crockpot, but I haven’t tried turkey breast yet. I’ll add that to my list.

  11. says

    Oh Susan, it looks as if there are a lot of good things going on in your kitchen. It all looks delicious. I love this time of the year for so many reasons, but puttering in my kitchen is one of my very favorites. Fall Blessings ♥ Teri

    • says

      Hi Teri – It really is a great time of year, isn’t it. I find myself in the kitchen often too. Right now I’m thinking roasted veggies with goat cheese – Yum!

  12. says

    I love that you can just put together a soup with whatever ingredients you have on hand. I want to be able to do that but I think I need a bit more confidence, or just more experience making soups. Hmmm. I just realized I have some beef broth in the cupboard. Maybe I should start right now! Thanks!

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