Zucchini Fries

Warwick:  Your toenails look really pretty.

Me: Thanks.

Warwick: No, I mean it.  They look really nice.

Me: Oh. Um. Er. Thanks.  You bought the polish.

Warwick: I did? 

Me: When we were in college. In 1998.

Smiling, I think because his hasty purchase has lasted so long.

Warwick:  Oh, that must be why I like it so much.

Me: Maybe.  But you bought the wrong color.

– – – – –  – – – – – –   X  – – – – – – – – – – – – –

He was supposed to buy a Pearly Light Lavender.

Oh well. That’s what I love about him.  He tries.  All the time.  500% effort. 

I was kinda mad at him today.
But now I’m not.
Because I just remembered that I’d rather him mess up with me, than with somebody else.
And I really love having stupid memories of him sitting with me in a Beauty School where I got a horrendous french manicure with Purplesaurus Nail polish and White Tips.

Memories that include him running across a busy parking lot to go purchase me a different color polish at Kroger because I didn’t like the selection the beauty college had.

Big burly football player that he was. Shopping for cosmetics.

He did that for me.
And he’s done a million more things like that since.

He said he liked my nails then, too.

– x –

I guess that shade of Purplesaurus Nail polish wasn’t so bad.
Surprising that Mr. Woo could fill in as a fashion consultant.

Likewise, just as surprising, that a Zucchini could fill in as a Potato.

Not just any potato.
The Queen of all Potatoes.


Yes, I said it.  And I meant it.  This bad boy can fill in, without filling you out.
Crunchy on the outside.
Soft on the inside.
Great with burgers.
Or all by it’s lonesome.

Make a batch of these yummy snacks.
Just don’t use zucchinis from 1998. They don’t store as well as nail polish.

Baked Zucchini Fries
adapted from The Part-Time Vegan

4-5 zucchini, cut into 2 ” strips
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil
Cooking Spray


1. Heat oven to 450.
2. Mix flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a shallow soup bowl.
3. Drizzle zucchini with olive oil, and toss to coat.  Toss the oiled zucchini into the bowl with the flour mixture. Coat well.
4. Place zucchini on a Silpat lined baking sheet (you could use aluminum foil instead) and spray with cooking spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the zucchini are golden brown and crisp.  Serve with ketchup, marinara or your favorite dipping sauce!

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16 thoughts on “Zucchini Fries

  1. I think you’ve discovered one of the keys to a long and happy marriage: Not losing sight of the little things that mean a lot…sometimes they help us balance out even the “big” things that shouldn’t mean so much! I have a few zucchini in the frig…was going to bake zucchini bread, but now I feel a little guilty so I’m off to buy more whole wheat flour so I can try your recipe instead. Love you! -E

    1. Let’s hope so. Hopefully he’s discovered it too 🙂 Cant have a marriage
      without of the other half. Right? Boy E- you always sound like such a wise
      sage. I love your eternal optimism and insight. Hmmm. . .zucchini bread
      sounds good too. You make the fries and I’ll make the bread!

  2. Yum, I have to try this recipe. Staying away from fries, so this seems like a great alternative. Thanks! *BTW, the purple nail polish rocks!*

  3. Those sound pretty good! When I have leftover chicken breading (and i’m not making breadballs out of it) I coat the cut zucchini in the leftovers and fry them up. It’s pretty good that way too.. bread crumbs, parmesan, seasonings mmm.
    My toenails are light blue btw.. my daughter’s piggy paint 😉

    1. Ooh. great idea! I’m so doing that. Blue is my fave color. Aqua to be
      exact. Great choice. And who could go wrong with piggy paint. Just love the
      warmer weather toes 🙂

  4. I saw this a few days ago but all I noticed was your toes.. then I clicked back over tonight and I don’t know if it’s because I’m hungry or what but I need those fries. I need them to be happy in life. Please make me some, and deliver them to my side of town. ok. thanks?

  5. You can add that to the list of things you will never see on Ad Bits: a picture of my feet. If I had adorable, lovely little toes like yours things would be different. But um… I don’t. That Warwick! What a guy! Extra zuchinni fries for him!

    1. Cracka me up! But maybe I shouldn’t have posted it. The post ran on our
      local newspaper’s website (The Houston Chronicle) and someone suggested I
      shave my toes. I had to laugh. Honestly it never occured to me to do that.
      Lucky for Warwick, it does occur to me to shave my armpits and legs.

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