Oh HI! You may have noticed my random and entirely unannounced little blog break over here. Yep! I didn’t think about this little nook of the interwebs for ten whole days, and I have to say, it was kind of spectacular.
Not that I didn’t miss you! I definitely did. But sometimes, life starts to bubble up around you and ping you with stress (and sometimes it even gives you the shingles virus, TRUE STORY), and you need. a. break. And it’s okay! Things don’t fall apart. In what I find a both reassuring and terrifying universal constant, the interwebs are ALWAYS here.
So HELLO, people of the interwebs! What have you been up to these first few days of September? Soaking in the last rays of bright summer sunshine? Or hopping on the autumn train early to featherweight cashmere and pumpkin spice lattés?
I always find this time of year tricky. I want to savor the last drops of summer, to make it to one more outdoor concert, to eat dinner on the patio, but at the same time, fall is a welcome change. Something about routine getting righted, and my old boots, and feeling content to turn on the oven again, maybe? It feels happy and familiar.
I’m calling this zucchini bread “best,” because I’ve made a lot of zucchini bread, and this version is by far my favorite. Other recipes often come out of the oven too watery and dense, or else don’t really taste much like zucchini. This loaf is sturdy yet springy, rich and cakey but definitively zucchini bread. I made it twice in two weeks — that’s four loaves, total — and we didn’t even have any leftovers to freeze for later. It feels like the right kind of recipe for this time of year – hanging loosely onto summer while settling cozily into fall.