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.
Gad! What a week. A book launch + 24 hours in planes & airports + contracting purple diabunghi (some ghastly airborne virus) before arriving in Detroit delivered a woman ready to be scraped from the runway. Shakily recovered, healthy comfort food that MUST INCORPORATE BEANS is what my body screams for. This Curried Lentil and Whipped Potato casserole fits the bill. This take on a … Full recipe post »
If seasons were named a color, Autumn might be Orange. Or some variation more enticing, a Benjamin Moore tinted swatch in the Fall family you might paint your room, say, Harvest Moon, Warm Sunglow, Pumpkin Pie. I recently received a comment from a reader who’d enjoyed a carrot soup I make. Memories of the lovely flavor profile–autumnal aromatherapy–lodged … Full recipe post »
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