greek tortellini salad & a giveaway!

eek tortellini salad | theclevercarrot.com

Everyone needs a signature dish.

Something that’s easy and effortless, and an overall crowd pleaser. Ideally, it can be made ahead of time too, and doesn’t require a strict recipe.

This dish is exactly that.

It’s my summertime specialty which is so simple (and tasty!) you’ll make it over and over again. …

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last minute vegetables

summer vegetables | theclevercarrot.com

It was 5’oclock by the time I realized what happened.

After driving around all day, running errands in preparation for our family vacation, I forgot to remove my CSA vegetables from the car!

I was pretty sure everything would be wilted and ruined. It was only 8 million degrees outside.

But surprisingly, the veggies held up which is a good thing because they needed to be used up before we left. Just add that to the never ending to-do list.

So, I took a break from what what needed to be done to let out some much needed steam in the kitchen….

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chocolate chip zucchini cake

chocolate chip zucchini cake | theclevercarrot.com

There’s a large wooden fruit bowl to the left of my kitchen sink.

It’s usually filled with everything but fruit including sweet potatoes, garlic bulbs, a few wooden toy trains and lately: zucchini.

I make zucchini bread at least once a year, in summer obviously when the entire universe seems to be inundated with the sheer thought of zucchini.

But I don’t mind, really.

I love a good zucchini bread spiked heavily with cinnamon, that begs to be gobbled up with strong coffee and 5 minutes of peace and quiet. I can’t imagine anything more heavenly.

And this delectable chocolate chip version, baked ‘bundt cake style’ certainly hits the spot….

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