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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3 simple strawberry recipes for mother’s day

3 simple strawberry recipes for mother's day | theclevercarrot.com3 simple strawberry recipes for mother's day | theclevercarrot.com3 simple strawberry recipes for mother's day | theclevercarrot.com

One of life’s greatest pleasures is picking a perfectly ripe strawberry straight off the vine.

Each year we eagerly await the season, pack up the car and head out to Long Island’s east end to pick (and eat) to our heart’s content.

Just thinking about biting into a juicy, sun-kissed strawberry makes me happy.

Put it on your bucket list.

To celebrate this family tradition (where does the time go?!) here are 3 simple strawberry recipes for you to enjoy….

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the ultimate crudité platter with white miso dip

the ultimate crudité platter with white miso dip | theclevercarrot.com

There’s a reason why people bypass the crudité platter at parties.

Dry, crackly baby carrots… raw cauliflower… mystery dip with way too much garlic…

You know what I’m talking about?

The list goes on, but I’m sure you get the point. Fact of the matter is, the typical crudité platter seems like a chore. It’s obligatory. It’s the classic hors d’oeuvre that must make an appearance at every event.

But all it takes is a few simple swaps to transform predictable, into the ultimate party appetizer….

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