It’s mid-October and I’m pie hungry. But my palate’s not simply yearning for apple, pear and pumpkin pies. I’m craving vegetable pies, especially handy for bundling up fall’s beautiful produce. Vegetable pies and tortes are ubiquitous throughout the Mediterranean at this time of the year. Cooks pack produce into whole wheat, yeasted dough made with olive oil, enriching the dish with eggs and cheese, then adding herbs for flavor.
The time spent replicating that savory dough is worth it, but today there is no time! I am thrilled, however, with the quickie pies I just pulled out of the oven, made with pre-packaged whole grain pie crusts! Two pie shells come in a pack and I loaded them both with roasted leeks, peppers and eggplant purchased at the Farmer’s Market. I “sandwiched” the herbed-ricotta between two layers of eggplant, top with leeks, peppers and grated cheese; bake then done!
This recipe is a great way to work organic grains and locally grown vegetables into your diet–quickly and frugally. Aside from economics, they are lovely to look at and delicious to eat!
Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »
…at least it does for me. There were no hangdog looks from me when my kids announced they were having Thanksgiving at their partner’s parent’s home; I’ve reinvented my Thanksgiving tradition to fall the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. With grown kids in relationships (which mean new families with their own holiday traditions), celebrating the Sunday … Full recipe post »
Hi there! I'm Peggy Lampman -
Food writer by trade, curious cook by design.
The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
home kitchen - persnickety customers, petulant children and piles of dirty dishes
lie in my wake. And the dinnerFeeds - well - they
are my story. More about Peggy and this site...
Taste buds prickle; wanderlust triggered. An Argentine barbecue (asado)
enticed me to Patagonia. A friend gave me a vial of ground sumac berries--4 months later I was
waking at dawn to the "Call To Prayer" in Turkey. Porcini to Tuscany, and so on. Read more about my chronicles of
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