Alea’s Grilled Ratatouille

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Ratatouille is one of the most frugal dishes in my repertoire. When my garden is in full swing the only ingredient I have to buy to make this dish is olive oil. As much as I like ratatouille, I must confess it has a couple of downsides. First, if I turn on the oven on a hot July day and only have vegetables to show for it, I will have a mutiny on my hands. Which brings me to … [Read more...]

Grow. Eat. Save. – Eggplants (and Eggplant Parmesan Recipe)

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Eggplants.  The purple gems of the garden. Also known as a tasty treat for pesky chipmunks.  I saw 3 eggplants fruit in my garden in the last month and a half or so. And every one of them ended up as a meal for my little critter friends. Enemies, really. It helps knowing that they didn't get to enjoy the eggplants like we get to enjoy eggplants.  They have to eat them … [Read more...]

Eggplant Pizza Bites

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Introducing'll be seeing more of her! Last year when I saw pictures of Erin’s eggplant flowers, I resolved to grow them in my own garden. Not for the fruit, mind you, but for the flowers. I have never grown eggplant before because my husband has always professed that it is the one vegetable that he did not like. He insisted that they taste like rubber tires and … [Read more...]

Eggplant Rosemary Focaccia Bread


I mentioned yesterday that we had an impromptu Italian dinner feast with Tricia and her family. And I might have mentioned that I made some Eggplant Focaccia bread. Turned out to be quite good...a little tough on the edges...but what a yummy combination of flavors! It was only after about 5 seconds that Tyler and Tessa were holding hands. (They are less than 1 month … [Read more...]

Baked Chicken Spaghetti


This dish sorta turned into an experiment.  I started with a plan in mind.  And it kept changing as I found new things in the fridge to add to the dish! I needed to use the eggplant and Cubanelle peppers I picked from the garden this week.  And I had 2 green tomatoes in the fridge (more on the green tomato situation in the next garden update!).  Why not throw those in … [Read more...]