For much of our childhood my brother and I were members of 4-H. If you know anything about the organization you are most likely conjuring up images of cattle, funnel cake, and horse shows right now, however we started our own little group and we were more involved in arts and crafts and service projects (the real treat was camp). Every year we would show our products at the county fair and my mother would help me to prepare a baked good entry. One year we came upon a superb recipe from a bed and breakfast in Wisconsin for chocolate zucchini muffins. I have not looked at a zucchini the same way since.
Far and above simply earning a blue ribbon, the muffins were selected to represent our county at the state fair in Springfield, IL (this was quite a big deal to me at the time). There, they received top honors and the requests for this recipe still come in a few times a year. Thanks Bonnie, your recipe has left a lasting impression around here.
(For the muffin you see above I had to substitute grated chocolate squares for the chips. Go with the chips if you have them around, it makes a much tastier muffin. Also, I usually forgo the nuts.)