Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 30, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 30, 2022 


 by Deanne Davis



Tickets are now on sale for the Friends of 
Sierra Madre Library Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit to be held Friday, 
September 23rd at the Paddock at Santa Anita Racetrack. Tickets can be 
purchased at the Sierra Madre Library; and for your convenience, tickets 
can also be purchased at You will find tickets on Eventbrite.
com when you search: 50th Annual Wine & Cuisine Tasting Benefit.


The Premier Event from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. is limited to 100 guests. The 
Premier Event offers premium wines, specialty foods, door prizes and 
early access to the Main Event. The Main Event is from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 
and is limited to 400 guests. The Main Event will have domestic and international 
wines and beers, food from fine local restaurants, live music, and 
a Silent Auction. Tickets for the Premier Event are $100 each and tickets 
for the Main Event are $75. 

Plan to come and enjoy the food from our many restaurants that participate, 
along with the many wineries that will be represented. Join us for 
our tasting, auction, music, and just plain fun! 

There are opportunities to volunteer or be an event sponsor. If you are interested 
in helping with this event you may contact Leslie Ziff at lbziffer@ or 626-321-7735.

The proceeds of this event help support the programs for children and 
adults at Sierra Madre Library throughout the year. For more information 
about the event or Friends of the Sierra Madre Library visit our website at

Don’t miss this event! 

“It’s important to lock your car doors; especially now. No, not 
more rampaging crime, it’s because your friends, neighbors and 
even strangers will put their excess zucchini in your car.”

“The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini. Minutes after 
you plant one single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of 
the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other 
vegetables. At night you will be able to hear the ground quake 

as more and more zucchinis erupt.” Dave Barry

I got myself a new miracle fertilizer, which looks like little 
mustard seeds. It is composed of nitrogen, potash, phosphate 
and other mysterious chemicals. The label absolutely guarantees 
it will galvanize roses, tomatoes and other assorted garden 
dwellers, to do instantly what they‘re supposed to do…grow! 
Of course, having grown zucchini and pumpkins, fertilizer is 
a superfluous frill as far as they are concerned. Put a couple of 
seeds in the ground, go away for the weekend, and be astonished 
when you return to find that their vines have cascaded 
all over the yard and everything else is fighting for its life. 

Zucchini is delicious when it’s small and tender so you leave it 
on the vine for one more day, come back and it’s turned into 
the size of a baseball bat. You can grate all day to make zucchini 
bread and there’s still some left. Neighbors see you coming 
and won’t answer the door. Remember Mickey Mouse as 
the Sorcerer’s Apprentice with his enchanted buckets of water? 
Well, just like that, the zucchini keep coming and coming. 

If you find you’re overwhelmed with zucchini, make some 
bread. This recipe is particularly good. I got it from Dorothy Reinhold’s column in the Pasadena Star News in 2011. In 
it, she described her son’s ecstasy about the zucchini bread that his 3rd grade Webster Elementary School instructional 
aide, Mrs. Corinne Le had baked and brought to share. “It’s sooooo good,” he said, “and she gave me the recipe.” So 
here it is, friends and neighbors, best zucchini bread ever.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease 8 x 4 loaf pan.

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. baking soda

1/3 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, combine those first six ingredients.

1 cup sugar

1 cup finely shredded, unpeeled zucchini

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 egg 

½-1 tsp grated lemon peel

½ cup chopped pecans (optional) dried cranberries are good in here, too, and maybe a little chopped apple.

In another bowl combine all those ingredients. Mix well. Add dry mixture to zucchini mixture, stir just till moistened 
(batter will be lumpy) Add nuts and/or cranberries, and apples.

Spoon batter into greased pan. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out 
clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least ten minutes. Remove loaf from pan and cool. Now cut yourself a slice, 
sit down and enjoy it with a cup of coffee. You deserve a break after all that planting, fertilizing, harvesting, stealthy 
distributing and baking.

This freezes well and you can double the recipe with impunity.

Thanks again, Dorothy and Mrs. Le. This is the best zucchini bread I’ve ever tasted and it’s neat to think that these 
kids got to taste something fabulous that a teacher wanted to share. Teachers ARE exceptional people. My daughter-
in-law, Michon, is a teacher and will be starting to teach a kindergarten class on August 9th at Christ Lutheran School 
in Huntington Beach. These little people will be getting a gem to start their school career.

My granddaughter, Emily Brown, was twelve last Friday. Her other grandparents drove in from Mesquite NV and a 
fabulous weekend was had by all. They went to P F Chang’s, we all went to see “Rise of Gru” the new Minions movie 
and loved every minute of that. Dined at Red Lobster, those cheese biscuits are addictive, brunched at Lakeside Grill 
with Tequila Sunrise Mimosas and eggs benedict and opened presents galore.

Emily and her sister, Jessie were both adopted by their fabulous parents, Chris and Crissy Brown. Jessie when she was 
2, and Emily when she was just a few weeks old. I first met Emily when she was a week old. She was not much bigger 
than my hand and the world’s neatest baby. Crissy and I took her to a mom’s luncheon at the Black Fin, where they 
had fabulous hamburgers. As we had both forgotten most of what to bring along for babies, we neglected to bring little 
blankets. It was freezing in there and I had Emily in my lap on a napkin and kept asking other people if they were using 
their napkins so we could keep the baby warm. As you can see, she survived our parenting and is now a beautiful 
young lady. I had to choose between pictures of zucchini and Emily and, as you can see, Emily won. She brings us joy! 

My book page: Deanne Davis

Where you’ll find 

“A Treasure Map, A Drunken Owl & 47 Rattlers in A Bag

True Tales of Early California.”

Hot summer is the perfect time to read this exciting adventure.

For you Emma Gainsworth fans, all her escapades are there!



Sunday - August 7, 2022 6-8 pm 

Memorial Park

Come out and join the Sierra Madre Kiwanis 
Club as it celebrates its' 95th Birthday, along 
with the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library 
and the Sierra Madre Civic Club!

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