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Roasted Baby Eggplant

Tweet Roasted, stuffed, grilled and fried, are just some of the methods Italians (particularly southern Italians and Sicilians) use to turn this versatile vegetable into a vast variety of dishes. The smaller, baby eggplants of summer are the perfect side-dish for picnics and potlucks or simply to enjoy al fresco at home. Our recent trip […]

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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Eggplant Bruschetta

Tweet There are endless possibilities when it comes to making bruschette (plural). For me, it’s a matter of what ingredients I have on hand. Bruschette are terrific any time of the day or night and can be a quick breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. Whether I’m making a single serving or enough to feed a crowd, I always […]

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Grilled Vegetable Salad

Tweet Grilled seasonal vegetables are the foundation of many of my spring and summer-time meals. It might be one special vegetable, such as carciofi alle brache, two or three different vegetables layered with ricotta into colorful stacks or an entire platter of my favorites served warm with a balsamic vinaigrette as shown here. The vegetables […]

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Marinated Melanzane

Tweet The Italian eggplant (melanzane) is smaller than the American variety, although, both have a shiny, deep purple color. In Sicily, there are small, round eggplants that are mauve-colored with white streaks. These Tunisian eggplants are preferred for their sweeter flavor. Eggplants have a dimple at the blossom end which is either round or oval. […]

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Melanzane e Spaghetti Torta

Tweet So, you have an eggplant, half a box of spaghetti, a pound of ground beef and need to make something that will feed six hearty appetites. This eggplant and spaghetti pie will do the trick and is just the thing to get the conversation started. Your family and dinner guests will smile at this […]

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Pasta alla Norma

Tweet The combination of pasta and eggplant is exclusively associated with southern Italy and principally Sicily, a combination I have been using for years. I love eggplant and I love pasta so this is a normal pairing that makes perfect sense to me. There are numerous versions of pasta alla norma, which I just assumed […]

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Mini Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

Tweet This is the mini version of my Orzo-Stuffed Peppers. Just the right size for merenda (snack). Serve them as a delicious first course or bring a tray of peppers to a cocktail party and watch them disappear (use red, green, yellow and orange  peppers for a colorful presentation). Mini-stuffed peppers are a welcome addition […]

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Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Tweet     The best thing about making these peppers is that you can enjoy them today, put some in the freezer and enjoy them even more on another day. I prepared them before I left on my Mother’s Day trip so Jack would have quick easy meals while I was away. I made a […]

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Stuffed Eggplant Stacks

Tweet This recipe started out as zucchini and ricotta fritters. Well, I have to tell you, it was more like fritter failure because the almond flour I used in the batter just didn’t work. But the flavor was there, so I foraged through the refrigerator to see what I could come up with. Abstaining from […]

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Eggs Nola (New Orleans La.)

Tweet Brunch is just about my favorite way to entertain. It’s both casual and elegant and when the weather is nice, it’s perfect for eating outdoors. Once, for a special birthday party I hosted, I even had a jazz trio entertain my guests. But, in my opinion, no one puts on a better jazz brunch […]

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