The Red-winged Blackbirds have arrived, thanks to migration and cooler weather.
In this picture, there are approximately 42 (mostly male) birds.
Photography by Curtis and Norma Beaird
Recipe by Curtis Beaird
Since migration is in full swing and birdwatching is even more exciting right now, we need to keep our energy up with some great recipes. One really tasty recipe is Bird Watcher's Zucchini. Now....why the name Bird Watcher's Zucchini? Because, just like Bird Watcher's Guacamole and the Bird Watcher's Power Breakfast, it is bird watchers who are cooking the dish!
Curtis has come up with a fabulous way to cook zucchini in a cast iron skillet and we want to share the recipe with you, our fellow bird watchers! It's healthy, but best of all, it tastes great!
Bird Watcher’s Zucchini in a Cast Iron Skillet
---Smaller Zucchini cut up in about 1/4 inch rounds or a little thicker
---The smaller Zucchini, the more they can stand the intense heat without breaking down & becoming too soft
---Extra Virgin Olive Oil
---Organic Naturally Refined Coconut Oil (for Medium to High Heat)
---Half a tablespoon of Sesame Seed Oil
---Freshly Ground Malabar Pepper
---Old Thompson's Orange & Lemon Pepper
And now.....for the fun part!
Before the zucchini are placed in the cast iron skillet, add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Sesame Seed Oil to cover the bottom of the skillet.
While the skillet is warming up to medium—medium high, add about three twists of the Sea Salt. Carefully place the zucchini in the oil.
Add Old Thompson’s Orange & Lemon Pepper, plus more Sea Salt and freshly ground Malabar Pepper (to your liking).
The zucchini are cooked only on one side. They’ll cook in less than five minutes. The goal is to leave some crunch in the zucchini and not turn it to mush. Check a few of the zucchini to see which ones have turned brown. Once they’re turning brown, they are done.
Then, flip the zucchini and heat and steam the other side. Don’t brown both sides so that you won’t have mushy zucchini.
Here it is....some of the best Bird Watcher's Zucchini in the world!
Now this is some good eatin’!!
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