Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eat Your Vegetables!

We're Lutheran
Get two Lutheran's together
And each will have a cup of coffee
And you can't have coffee without a "nosh".

Our church is early
And after, we always have coffee and treats
(We have coffee before, too,
but we forego the treats until after church)

We take turns in bringing treats
And I try to sign up once each quarter

A week ago, it was once again my turn..

It's summer, there is a plethora of vegetables at the Farmer's Market
tomatoes, zucchini and butternut squash

It's always fun to think of different ways to use this fresh produce.
My solution was for Sunday treats!

I made a sign
I didn't want people to think that these were unhealthy muffins.
Oh, no

And we're a small church
And in summer, often a smaller church
But I did spent Saturday

making muffins
Seven dozen in all

And between communion and benediction,
Husband Jim and I were busy in the kitchen

 We put up our sign
Put the muffins on a tray
Got out the coffee fixings . . . 

The tomato, the zucchini and the butternut squash

And we refilled the trays over and over again
For although the crowd was small
The crowd was hungry
Most had more than one muffin
(But who was counting . . . certainly not me!)

I brought home a few
which I froze for breakfast for the following week.

It was a fun treat.
Lots of comments
And the kids, debating between a treat or a vegetable
chose the treat
And often came back for a second.

The muffins are all easy to make
and I've made them many times
(although the tomato one is really a tea bread -- I just baked it in muffin tins)

The chocolate ones were the first to go!

Just goes to show that at 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning
Chocolate is always welcome!

The recipes:


14 ounces butternut squash, deseeded and roughly chopped
2 1/4 c. light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
handful of walnuts, chopped
1 t. ground cinnamon
3/4 c. olive oil

For the Frosted Top:
1 orange, zested
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 lemon, zested
1/2 c. sour cream
2 heaping tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
1 t. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350. Line your muffin tins with paper cups. Whiz the squash in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the sugar and eggs. Add a pinch of salt, the flour, baking powder, walnuts, cinnamon and olive oil and whit together until well beaten. Fill the paper cups with the muffin mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove fro the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool. To make the frosting: Place most of the orange and lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl. Add sour cream, powdered sugar and vanilla and mix well. When the muffins are cooked, spoon the topping onto the muffins.


2 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. sugar and 1/2 c. dark brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 pound tomatoes, peeled, seeded and pureed to make 1 cup
1/4 c. sliced unblanched almonds
Preheat oven to 350 and butter and flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl and mix. Combine the oil, sugars and eggs in a large bowl and beat with a mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the pureed tomato. Gradually add the flour mixture
blending well after each addition. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle the top with almonds. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer to a rack to cool for 5 minutes, then remove bread and continue to cool on rack.


2 c. flour
1 c. cocoa, sifted
1 t. allspice
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. melted butter
3/4 c. oil
3 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 cups zucchini, grated

Preheat oven to 350. Line 20 muffin cups with muffin liners. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, allspice and cinnamon. Set aside. In medium bowl beat the sugar and melted butter. Add the oil and eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla and add buttermilk and dry ingredients alternately until well mixed. Stir in zucchini. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and muffin tops are springy to the touch, 20 to 24 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool 5 minutes before serving.


Pondside said...

I like the idea of a church in which congregants take turns like that. I remember, years ago, being in a church that had the best egg-salad sandwich maker! I'll bet your Sunday's are always popular.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

A most excellent idea! I'll have to eat my veggies soon. Veggie muffins, that is.

Southerncook said...

What a clever sign and those muffins look yummy. Glad you shared the recipes, I bet my girls would LOVE those. Always a good idea to have something to nibble on when the grand's come for a visit. They go directly to my refrigerator the moment they arrive most times.


Elizabethd said...

How delicious they look, I'm not surprised they went so quickly!

RachelD said...

What a delicious flashback to all those Saturday evenings of PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, with the gatherings at church, and all those sweet Lutheran Ladies setting out their best dishes.

Hotdish always intrigued me, as well.

How clever and gracious, and this coffee time will be remembered a long time, I'll bet.


Canadian Chickadee said...

What a great idea, and what great choices. In fact you've made me so hungry, I may have to go out to the kitchen and bake something .... xoxox

Seaview said...

Martha you're a great provider.... All the muffins look delicious..those lucky Lutherans ! I just retired after 20 years working at Hope Lutheran Preschool !! Had many wonderful meals provided by our congregation ....thanks for sharing your recipes.