In the doldrums of wintry February — Farmers Markets finished, kitchen gardens put to sleep — it’s a gift to be inspired by a vegetable.
I spied this chubby baby at Hiller’s, and she was begging to be cut in half and stuffed. Eggplant’s hearty skin makes the perfect encasement for stuffings, and I usually gravitate between a couple of ground lamb stuffed modifications in past recipes. Tonight I’d prefer a vegetarian option, so substituted my usual ground meat with couscous; I debated mightily whether to use quinoa or rice instead of the couscous, which would also be fine in the following recipe.
Down the road from HIller’s, I stopped at Trader Joe’s, which stocks a great ready-made tapanade; I usually spread it over goat cheese and serve it as a quickie appetizer, but today I’m letting it be the workhorse in the recipe; filled with the flavors of chopped olives, herbs and spices, it provides a great deal of Mediterranean flavor. You could make your own, if you have the time.
Coming out of this pandemic, I wouldn’t want to be friends with the woman I’ve become. My new best bud, for example, is a squirrel named Rachel who stops by daily for granola. Our relationship is grounding. She understands me, gets me more than my pre-apocalypse friends. In my uniform of near-blacks and grays, my swishing bushy ponytail and … Full recipe post »
Must pasta insist we default to basil and oregano when seasoning the accompanying sauce? Does Indian cuisine demand we pay homage to proteins with basmati rice, potatoes or Naan? Break free the chains! Particularly now since Al Dente’s latest line of Piccola Pastas have hit market shelves to switch things up. My last post, Pastazanella, was inspired by … Full recipe post »
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