Want a way to use your Zucchini?

‘Tis the season for Zucchini…now what to do with it?

Zucchini Gratinan easy, different  &  delicious recipe

1 medium zucchini

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

dash or two of ground nutmeg (I learned to use nutmeg in recipes containing cream & cheese while living in France.)

Grated Cheddar cheese – about 1/4 – 1/2 cup

Half-n-half (or cream) – about 1/4 cup

Thinly slice the zucchini. Start with a single layer of zucchini in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with some of the combined salts &  pepper. Add some of the cheese.

Continue layering until you have no ingredients left except the Half-n-half, then pour this over the whole.

Bake covered at 350 degrees for about 20 min. This amount of time will cause zucchini to be crisp tender. If you like it softer – cook longer.

You can take the cover off for the last 5 minutes if you want the top to brown a bit.


P.S. I created this recipe to deal with my abundance of zucchini (sound familiar?). It turned out better than I anticipated. The flavor is really good! I think it’s the nutmeg.


Do you hate sorting socks?

Here’s an idea that I came up with several years ago when doing laundry, handling socks for the third time in the laundry process: getting them all in the washer, transferring them to the dryer, getting them back to the right people, and thinking there had to be a better way. I have used it ever since.

Acquire enough “lingerie” mesh zip-up bags for every member of the family. They are sold at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, either Ross or Marshall’s (I can never remember which), and I’m sure many other stores too. Write their name or initials with permanent marker by the zipper. Have your kids put their socks and underwear too in the bag. If they’re too young, you do it for them and I do it for my husband and myself when I sort our laundry. I have my girls use the smaller bags for their bras and nylons. Then you just drop the bags in the washer, transfer it to the dryer (after shaking them out a bit), take it out of the dryer, and drop it into your child’s basket for them to take back to their rooms. No more trying to figure out which sock belongs to who, yeah!

Reality: at the end of the drying cycle I remove all the other clothes except those that aren’t quite dry and the bags which I continue to dry for another 10 or 15 minutes while I fold the laundry.

My boys will bring up their socks and underwear without the bag and claim they don’t know where the bag is–it’s usually in their drawer or the bottom of the closet. I have to then “encourage” them to then put the items in the bag, but then it’s done.

The bags wear out over time: the zippers break, or seams split open. It seems though, that in 9 years or so, I’m only on my 3rd set of bags. Not bad.

Cleanliness? In all the time that I’ve been doing this the socks don’t seem to be any stinkier than usual, no one has gotten any urinary infections or other unpleasantries in that area, and everything comes out looking clean. Periodically I give that load, since it’s the underwear load, an extra rinse or longer wash or add a little bleach or lately I’ve been adding the essential oil Tea Tree to my laundry loads for extra freshness and germ-killing. It all works.

All the best, Jen