Cheesy Garlicky Zucchini Bread

Okay, this is a marvelous recipe! It's different and wonderful and easy and a favorite around our house where zucchini rules the day from July into September.

It's got a "Red Lobster" biscuit type texture, and it's great warm from the oven or even at room temperature... if you want to re-warm it I use the microwave for about 20 seconds (more or less depending on your power) and then add butter...

OH MY STARS, SO WONDERFUL!!!!

We're getting set up for the mum and pumpkin season on the farm. That means we're busy cleaning displays, stacking pallets, re-arranging this, that and the other thing.... So yes, crazy busy but focused on a fun selling season!

But in the meantime, we're busy playing with recipes and chasing chipmunks out of the house, but that's a story for below!

Cheesy Garlicky Zucchini Bread

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded zucchini (there we are, Mindy!!!) 
1/2 cup sharp shredded cheese

Mix dry ingredients together. Add shortening, cut into dry ingredients with pastry blender, food processor or two knives, criss-crossing back and forth until mixture looks like "meal".

Add eggs, milk and shredded cheese. Mix until blended. Don't overmix.

Either divide dough into two separate greased loaf pans, or one big loaf pan. Pan should be about 1/2 full. Bread will rise.

Bake at 400 degrees for about thirty to forty minutes. Bread should feel firm to touch and be light gold, hinting browning...

Serve warm or room temperature.

Great consistency and flavor, perfect bread for dinner table or breakfast warming!

So last week I FORGOT to post in Yankeebelle.

I blame the chipmunk.

The chipmunk became an uninvited visitor into our house nearly two weeks ago. I opened a cupboard, and like a stinkin' Disney flick, there was this, this... thing! Curled up and sleeping on a duster, nice and soft... He jumped up...

So did I!

And the chase was on.

He darted into a hole he'd chewed in the corner, the little pest!

And thus began our saga of trying to catch or kill (don't yell at me, the critter wasn't paying rent or taxes and refused the eviction notice!!!) Six days later...

(and by the way, he didn't like Bisquick. I'm just saying...)

After being thwarted with D-Con, a trap, glue traps and then another trap...

We finally caught the very lively, funny-looking chipmunk lovingly called "Alvin" or "Chip" by facebook friends following the saga...

And it wasn't a chipmunk at all.

It was a baby squirrel.

A very lively baby squirrel.

We had him trapped in a Have a Heart trap and took him outside to live his life...

CHORUS OF BORN FREE!!!!