I happily consumed a fair amount of caponata while recently exploring Sicily. You’ll find it on just about every menu. Essentially, caponata is sweet and sour eggplant (agrodolce). Agro=sour and dolce=sweet. At its core, caponata is a combination of eggplant, onions, celery, tomatoes, vinegar, capers, and olives, sweetened with a bit of sugar. Some versions … Continue Reading

In my opinion, summer is by far the best time of year.  Give me sunshine. Give me flip flops, shorts and a tee, that’s when I’m most comfortable. Throw in a lazy day at the beach and I’m as happy as a clam. And of course this…summer’s bounty  — tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, chiles, zucchini, summer … Continue Reading

Had quite the busy day in the kitchen. Somehow a few summer vegetables (okay more than a few, I tend to go overboard when it comes to food)  — baby artichokes, colorful bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and garlic… Turned into… A Greek-meze (mezethes) inspired feast. I ♥ Greece and its cuisine.  Greek food is simple (but by … Continue Reading

These ravioli have a slightly sinister look to them, don’t you think? Instead of caramel apples, which I also made and were a big hit (dipped in homemade salted caramel, toasted coconut, and pecans), we have ‘spooky’ squid ink-striped ravioli with a smoky eggplant filling You might be thinking, who has time to make homemade pasta in … Continue Reading

Can you smell the smokiness??   Baba ghanoush isn’t baba ghanoush without that distinct smokiness.  I’ve had versions that were missing the smoke, and found them bland and boring.  Blah. Have you ever wondered how to achieve that smokiness you find in well-made baba ghanoush — the traditional, distinctly smoky Middle Eastern eggplant dip?  Well, … Continue Reading