I love Eggplant Parmesan. I don’t eat it very much anymore because, at the moment, I am the only one in the house that likes it. My eldest daughter and her husband love it so I don’t make it unless they are going to be around to help eat it.
Eggplant is pretty easy to grow, at least here in Texas. If you have a garden I recommend adding an eggplant (is that eggplant plant? eggplant bush?). The flavor when it is fresh is delicate and addictive – not a bit bitter.
I think the first time I had eggplant was when I was a teenager. If you lived in the Dallas area in the 70s Continue reading
Lasagna happens to be one of my favorite dishes. It is hard to resist those steamy, gooey layers of tender pasta, tangy-sweet-tomato-y sauce, and rich, mild cheese. When made with fresh pasta (which I showed you how to make yesterday) it is out of this world.
When we had goats I made my own ricotta and once in awhile even the mozzarella – but that was a few years ago. The point is that the more fresh ingredients you toss in there the better it is going to be. Fresh basil, fresh pasta, a good quality ricotta cheese… well that is the foundation for a perfect dinner. Continue reading
Look in any family style cookbook, published from the 1950′s on, and you will likely find recipes for casseroles that call for a can of cream of something soup.
It isn’t that these casseroles did not exist before 1950, in many cases they did, but home cooks made their own sauces to use in them. It takes a little time (and I do mean a little) and a recipe. It adds an extra step to your cooking. The benefits are enormous both in healthiness and taste of your food. Continue reading
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Cilantro swirled mashed potatoes are an easy and beautiful side dish that doesn’t take long to make.
I don’t know about you but my family has a mashed potato addiction and intervention is not totally unthinkable. I can make ten pounds of mashed potatoes as a side dish and they will evaporate the instant the bowl hits the table — it’s magical I tell ya. Continue reading