Our refrigerator bulged with garden produce.Â What a gift!Â What a challenge! I decided to tackle the veggie bins and came up with a hodge-podge casserole that leaned towards something, somewhat, Italian in a Minnesotan (hot dish) sort of way.Â Zucchini, tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, and hamburger.Â I added rice noodles, seasonings, and parmesan cheese.Â In the oven it went.
Then I decided as long as the oven was hot Iâ€™d bake a cake.Â Two lonely bananas caught my attention.Â They looked like they were being surrounded and bullied by the apples in the fruit basket.Â Apples like to peck a fight now and then. Okay. Bad pun. A banana cake it is.
I found Momâ€™s banana cake recipe in my file and mashed, beat, and creamed.Â Minutes later two round cake pans filled with fragment batter went in the oven and kept the casserole company.
Soon a cacophony of scents filled the house.Â Sweet and spicy.Â Spicy and sweet.Â (Sort of like my husband!) While at times I feel overwhelmed by the volume, Iâ€™m grateful for the abundance of vegetables, berries, and fruits our land provides. Our dinner was delicious in its randomness, and the best part of my day.