#15: Seasonal Eating (try my recipes)

There’s something right about seasonal eating during a cold, fall downpour. I took two minutes to snap this photo, then hurried away from the chill.

Days like that are made for comfort food. I needed to bake. I needed to cook something simple and warm. (Bonus: The oven helped warm up the house.) Here are two easy seasonal favorites:

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Chips

  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1-3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2-1/2 c. flour
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. grated zucchini
  • 1-1/4 c. chocolate chips (for topping)
  • 1-1/2 c. chopped walnuts (for topping)

Cream together butter, oil and sugar. Add eggs. Stir. Add rest of ingredients except zucchini & topping. Stir. Add zucchini. Mix well. Grease and flour 9 x 13 pan. Pour into pan and top with chocolate chips & walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 

How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. -John Burroughs

What’s your favorite fall comfort food?

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1 Lisa @ Just here. Just now. October 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

Both of those look wonderful! I have some grated zucs in my freezer that are just waiting for me to do something – that chocolate cake seems simple and lovely. Thanks for sharing!

2 Melissa October 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

You’re welcome, Lisa! I hope you love the recipe as much as I do.
Take care,

3 Marci | Liberating Choices October 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

This cake sounds delicious and nutritious too. I don’t ever pass up chocolate! My favorite fall recipe is apple crisp, made with apple juice instead of all the oil and sugar.

4 Melissa October 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Mmm, now I’m inspired to make some apple crisp. Just what I need around here to go with the Halloween candy. 🙂

5 Marci | Liberating Choices October 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I hear you. We just got back from my son’t preschool party, and I really don’t think he needs to trick or treat too! But we will…

6 Ana October 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

This one is wonderful, mmmm. Tnx Melissa.

7 Melissa October 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ana!
Have a peaceful week. 😉

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