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The Crisper Whisperer: Zucchini Pancakes

There's no denying it: It's that time of year again. The time when residents of carefree, throwback towns start locking their front doors and parking their cars in the garage. The time when lucky children find green, woody baseball bats by the dozen strewn atop the compost heap. The time when perfectly reasonable people are driven to silent, guilt-ridden, unreasonable ends. In other words, it's zucchini season.

At this time of year, I'm always on the lookout for recipes that make quick work of large volumes of zucchini. That stew with the single zucchini in it, delicious though it may have been a month ago when the season was new, seems awfully quaint now. I want recipes that let me haul out my food processor and shred, shred, shred my fears away. I want recipes that can act like lunch, dinner or an hors d'oeuvre. I want recipes that can be doubled, even tripled, for a party. I want to throw a zucchini party.

This recipe is adapted from the Barefoot Contessa. It makes twelve small pancakes. I've found them surprisingly kid-friendly, and they also make a great hors d'oeuvre for a summer party. Invite all your old friends and as many new ones as you can find, and your zucchini will be back under control in no time.

About the author: Carolyn Cope writes Umami Girl and manages a CSA in New Jersey.


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