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.
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 »
A trivia question: Which decade embraced glam rock fashionistas skimpily clad in crushed velour hot pants and sequined halter tops, best observed shimmering and gyrating to acid rock in the purple haze of a lava lamp? If your guess was the seventies, that outfit may well have been your fashion statement. You may also recall … Full recipe post »
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