zucchini ricotta cheesecake

In anticipation of an abundance of squash and zucchini from the garden (which I thought would already be happening by now...but I also planned on having tomatoes now too so...) I have been revisiting some of my favorite zucchini recipes but also looking for some new ones that I can pass along to my CSA members to keep them inspired and keep eye-rolling to a minimum.

I love all manner of zucchini cakes, fritters are too fabulous and last year's discovery of zucchini "risotto" will forever remain in my repertoire.  But zucchini cheesecake?  Never heard of it.  Truth be told, the ricotta was the real clincher.  My favorite local food shop, Piazza Italian Market, carries a brand that is so much smoother in consistency than any other I've tried.  They keep it in the back and this seemed like a good excuse to buy a whole tub of it.



The inspiration and corresponding recipe is linked above.  I'm always using what I have on hand so in this case I swapped feta cheese for goat cheese and used some freshly harvested italian parsley in place of dill.  I baked mine in mini-muffin pans and sampled them out to my poor CSA members who are my unsuspecting samplers.  It was easy to make, would be equally good as breakfast, lunch with a side salad or as part of dinner.  We'll see what my samplers have to say about it!

Roasted Fennel and White Bean Salad

I wish I started more fennel seeds this Spring so I had more to experiment with now.  Oh well.  Four more flats are in the greenhouse as we speak so I have it to look forward to.  

I made this simple bean salad for the CSA this week inspired (as I always am) by Heidi Swanson and her gorgeous website.  Here it is:




I did, of course, make a few variations and used canned beans I had on hand.  I added some garlic cloves and shallots to the fennel bulbs and roasted them all together after tossing them with some olive oil.

For herbs, I used the fennel fronds and a bit of purple basil.  

For the dressing, I used vermouth, honey, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Pretty simple.  And hopefully delicious, too. 

Happy CSA Day!

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