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Side dish

Eggplant, Potatoes and Peppers

Like eggplant? Try this recipe.

Several months ago our neighbor, Mark, gave me this eggplant from his garden and as usual when I see an eggplant I want to make eggplant parmesan. This time, however, I decided to try something different to go with some steelhead trout we were grilling for dinner.

Over the years I have bought several types of eggplants. The miniature ones I have used for my Baby Eggplant with Pine Nut Salsa which made a cute and tasty little appetizer or side dish. I’ve prepared the graffiti, globe, Japanese,  and white ones. I’ve cut very thin, fried and served with a drizzle of honey like we had in Spain, I’ve done stir fries with them, made caponata and of course eggplant parmesan. Aloo Baisan (eggplant and potato) is a recipe I posted by in 2012; this recipe is a different take on an eggplant/potato side dish.

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Appetizers/ HotApp/ Side dish

Baby Eggplant with Pine Nut Salsa

Who would have thought coming into this new year that we would be going through anything like the pandemic we are now living through. The government all seems to be working together, finally, to do what our country needs. People and business have sacrificed so much to try and stop this virus. Closing restaurants, bars, now even parks are closed in our area quickly makes you realize how serious this is.

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Entree/ Fish/Seafood

Thai Shrimp and Eggplant Stir-Fry

Thai food anyone?

A lot of recipes I do come from things I’ve eaten at restaurants and have tried to recreate, some recipe are things I have cooked over years of being married and some are recipes I try of other peoples. Usually I’m tweaking with things I want to change in the recipe.

In the case of this recipe I only made one change or maybe two. I added sugar snap peas which I tninkadd a needed crunch factor to the recipe and also some color to lighten the dish up. I did also add some soy (or Tamari) sauce with the fish sauce only because I hate the smell of fish sauce but know it adds a lot of flavor to Asian recipes. My only other recommendation would be to only use one Fresno pepper. Even though we like things really hot around here, two peppers make for a pretty steaming hot dish. If you can’t find Fresno peppers substitute a jalapeño.

There are all types of noodles you can serve along with this dish. I made my husband Udon noodles but you can use rice noodles, ramen, or soba noodles. I made my dish with black rice so if you are wanting rice try the black (not wild or brown rice or some good old white rice even though it’s not as good for you as the black or brown rices.

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Entree/ Pork

Stir Fry with Pork, Eggplant and Greens

A quick, easy dinner, get out that wok or skillet!

Are you one of those people who likes cooking more in the Fall/Winter than the summer? I love cooking anytime of the year, but there is something about cooking when the temperatures start to drop a little and the leaves are falling/or turning colors (that doesn’t happen until later in the year for us here in Texas.) that makes me want to do a big hearty meal.

This isn’t a big hearty meal but actually a very healthy quick dinner you can throw together for a one pan stir-fry that will have you wanting to try your own variations.

Do you love eggplant as much as I do? It’s hard for me to pass up eggplant parmesan and I love eggplant caponata. I’ve fried eggplant chips and served with a drizzle of honey after having this tapas in Spain; and I’ve seen eggplant hummus at Trader Joe’s but have not tried that yet.

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Entree/ Side dish/ Vegetables

Aloo Bainsan (Eggplant and Potato)

My first Indian dish.

Normally I have an endless flow of ideas for recipes to blog. This time though, I found myself staring at white and graffiti eggplants (I bought because they were so darn cute), one potato and a Serrano pepper and thinking what could I possibly make with this. So I did what I do best and I googled the ingredients. One of the first recipes that caught my attention was a Eggplant and Potato Curry recipe from Food & Wine magazine and my first thought was that I could do better than that. So I dug a little deeper and found this wonderful video from Manjula’s Kitchen (Indian vegetarian recipes).

Don’t you just love YouTube. I use it for anything I don’t know how to make and watching Manjula do this recipe I just knew it was going to be good. (One of these days I’m going to YouTube knee replacement surgery and see exactly what was done to my knee.)

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Appetizers/ HotApp

Fried Eggplant Chips with Honey Drizzle

 

Another tapas recipe from Spain.

I’ve talked on and on about all the wonderful tapas we had on our trip to Spain and here is yet another recipe that I have tried.

I love tapas and you can turn just about any appetizer into a tapas. Make small portions and serve on small plates and you have a tapas. This tapas just happens to be made from eggplant and is drizzled with honey and will definitely be a favorite of your guests.

I’m not sure when I actually first had eggplant but I know it wasn’t anytime before I was about 40 years old. It’s hard to believe I had never eaten eggplant and it wasn’t a vegetable my dad ever grew in his garden (and he grew just about everything). Probably the first recipe I tasted using this dark purple, night shade vegetable was Eggplant Parmesan at some Italian restaurant and I now make Eggplant Caponata, PF Chang’s recipe for spicy eggplant and several other recipes.

One night at a tapas bar in Seville (our favorite bar) we kept ordering tapas that we saw other people ordering. Since we couldn’t read or speak any Spanish we just went by how something looked and said “we’ll have that”. I really thought this dish was zucchini chips but when I looked up the word later that night, I found out that it was eggplant and that the drizzle was honey.

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Appetizers/ HotApp

Eggplant Caponata

If you love eggplant, you will love this recipe.
 
I catered a birthday party a couple of years ago and the theme of the party was Old Hollywood. I can’t take the credit for the idea but I really liked working around the theme. You may be able to see the old Hollywood star pictures I copied, matted and put around the food trays. All the guests arrived in long dresses, many had Hepburn hairstyles. The party was a surprise so when they limo pulled up to the red carpet at the front door, all the guest were outside applauding (just like at the Oscar’s). Fun, fun party with lots of champagne and wonderful food. This is one of the dishes I did for the party. The Caponata I served on toasted baguette slices but I have also used this recipe on top of pasta.
Eggplant Caponata
Spicy mixture of eggplant, tomatoes, onions and olives. Delicious spread on toasted baguettes.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 eggplant, large
  2. 1 – 28 oz. can tomato, drained and chopped
  3. 1 – 6 1/2 oz. can tomato paste
  4. 1 teaspoon basil
  5. 1 small jar capers
  6. 2 tablespoons parsley
  7. 3/4 cup black olive, chopped
  8. 1 onion, large, chopped
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  10. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  11. 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  12. 1/4 cup olive oil
  13. 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  14. toasted bread rounds
Instructions
  1. Peel and cube the eggplant. Saute the celery and onion in small amount of olive oil. Add the eggplant and saute until it starts to cook. Add remaining ingredients except for toasted bread rounds and simmer for 45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with toasted bread rounds.This can also be served with pasta.
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Side dish

Potatoes and Turnip Au Gratin

Potatoes with what you say !

Can’t say I have always loved turnips; my taste has changed over the years (decades) since I was a kid and would ask my mother or grandmother what the smelly stuff was cooking away on the stove.

I’ve done some different things with a turnip other than cooking them. Take a look at my Turnip Rose garnish I use to make as a platter garnish for parties I would cater. ( I love playing around with vegetables.) I would say it takes me less than 10 minutes to make one. I love cooked turnips but my hub does not but he liked this dish. Who wouldn’t with a cheesy sauce and browned to  perfection. Mix just about anything with potatoes and you have a delicious side dish.

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Entree/ Pork

Pork and Savoy Cabbage Stir-fry

Stir-fries, what’s not to like?

Rapid cooking over a high heat; that’s how to stir-fry. And, what’s not to like about a stir fry; lots of vegetables, quick cooking with dinner on the table in a matter of minutes.

I’ve been stir-frying for years and still have 3 woks even though I keep trying to give them away to one of my kids; I like using in my 13″ All-Clad skillet; more bottom heat surface and I think even quicker than a wok.

There’s quite a few recipes on RATG using this method; Egg Roll in a Bowl being one of them. If you like egg rolls this is an easy dinner with all the taste of your your favorite Chinese appetizer. Chicken Fried Rice with Vegetables, Sichuan Pork Ragu, and my Thai Shrimp and Eggplant Stir-Fry are a few of the others I have posted in the past. What’s great about stir-friy is that all the prep work can be done early in the day or even the day before when makes throwing a meal together even faster.

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Entree/ Pork

Sheet Pan Dinner

How much easier can a recipe get?

Isn’t everyone looking for easy, fast recipes that give them a little more time with their families; and it’s Christmas eve and who has time to cook now or even wants to cook days after Christmas. All we want to do is still down and relax and enjoy the holidays with our families and friends.

Merry Christmas to everyone and have the merriest times with your love ones.

Whether it’s a nice piece of fish and some vegetables or potatoes or all vegetables. You will love how quick this is to throw together. Some great combinations to consider when you are wanting to make a sheet pan dinner are chicken breast and some broccoli and onions(coat your chicken with either Panko or parmesan cheese, chicken with some nice squash/zucchini, salmon with baby bok choy, maybe even some pork chops with potatoes, carrots, and apples.

If you are making chicken, why not top the breast with a little pasta sauce and mozzarella and then add some vegetables around the chicken. Try encrusting your salmon with some parmesan cheese and add some broccoli and asparagus to the sheet pan. Once you try doing a whole dinner on a sheet pan you will be sold on the idea for a quick, easy, no mess meal. I want to try a stir-fry sort of meal with some shrimp, broccoli, onions, carrots and throw in some water chestnuts and maybe a little fish sauce and soy for spicing it up. I recently saw one recipe where the chicken was covered with chimichurri sauce and on the sheet pan with some potatoes and onions.

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Salads

Spicy Bean Sprout Salad

This is so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to tell you about it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I hope every eats and enjoys the day without worrying about calories. When I decided to post this Asian salad it brought back memories of The Christmas Story (movie) (not this recipe but Chinese food) and how the dogs got into the house, ate the Christmas turkey and the family had to go out for Chinese food for Christmas Day. Well, that won’t happen at our house but this is a great little starter appetizer/salad to serve if you are doing anything Asian.

I love small plate restaurants, especially when you order lots and lots of small plates which we did the night we ate at this Japanese bar in Northbrook, IL. and this bean sprout salad was served to us when we first sat down.

I’ve had some unusual small plates recently — pig tail in Austin at Swift’s Attic and also Pig Cheeks also from there. The Pig Cheeks were great because they were fall off the jaw tender (ha, that’s funny) and served with crispy toast that we spread with fig jam, then Dijon mustard, then the shredded braised spicy pig cheek. Yum. Blistered shishito peppers is another small plate we have tried. Even though I have made those several times (after having them in Vego, Spain) I will always order them in a restaurant. Fried Eggplant Chips with Honey Drizzle was a small plate that we had in Seville, Spain and I had to recreate it as soon as we got home. We’ve tried tripe also on a small plate; I was glad that was a small plate.

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Entree/ Fish/Seafood

Salmon with Mustard Sauce

And an extra mustard sauce recipe to boot!

If you are looking for something quick and delicious to make during this busy Christmas season, this should definitely be on your list of “must” try recipes.

There are still a few packages of Alaskan salmon in our freezer that my husband caught a year ago and I am getting a little reluctant to cook it because once I do it will be gone and I will be back to buying it from the grocery.

While in Austin after the birth of number 5 grandson last May, (wow that was 8 months ago) his Grandmommy took GA and I to lunch downtown. We had a great lunch at a little Italian restaurant close to her work. I, of course, had eggplant parmesan which is hard for me to ever pass up. She had a salmon topped with a mustard sauce which looked so good. I could just taste the tartness of the mustard with little twinges in my cheeks. After being offered a taste a couple of times I finally did taste it and the sauce was bold and creamy. They called the sauce a Mostarda sauce but a Mostarda sauce has fruit and mustard; and this had no fruit so I turned to the Internet for a mustard sauce for salmon.

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