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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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entree

Poultry:

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Skewers

Bourbon Teriyaki Chicken

Butterflies with Chicken, Asparagus and Snap Peas

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Dijon and Parsley Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Fingers From Mitzi’s

Chicken Fried Rice with Vegetables

Chicken Marbella

Chicken Pot Pie Pop Tart (Chicken Pot Pie)

Chicken Tetrazzini

Chinese Orange Chicken

Creamy Artichoke Pasta with Chicken

Crispy Buffalo Wings with Two Sauces

Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Avocado

Cruciferous Chicken Crunch

Eggroll in a Bowl

Forbidden Rice Bowl with Chicken

French Country Roasted Chicken

Gnocchi with Chicken and Gorgonzola Sauce

Hala Cart-Style Chicken and Yellow Rice

Honey Chicken Roman Style

Hot Tuscan Chicken Salad

Jamaican Jerk Kabobs

Kotopits (Chicken in Phyllo)

Lemon Chicken with Red Pepper

Mimi’s Sticky Chicken

Orange Chicken with Veggies

Peach Whiskey Chicken

Peruvian Grilled Chicken

Sichuan Red Chili Chicken

Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs

Stacked Green Chili and Grilled Chicken Enchiladas 

Sweet and Sour Dinosaurs

Tandoori Chicken Thigh Kabobs

Zucchini White Chicken Lasagna

Beef/Veal:

Beef Filet with Blue Cheese Sauce

Beef Hash and Eggs

Beef, Mushrooms, and Pea Pods

Beef Stroganoff with Asparagus

Beef Tenderloin Steaks with French Onion Sauce

Mexican Cornbread

Osso Buco

Parmesan Naan Breakfast (or dinner) Pizza

Portobello Stuffed Mushrooms

Ribeye Fettuccini with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

Santa Maria-Style Tri Tip with Salsa

Stir-Fry Beef and Japanese Noodles

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Cauliflower Rice

Thai Steak Salad

Zucchini Enchiladas

Pork:

A Very Good Cassoulet

Beans, Greens, and Ham

Braised Pork Belly

Brown Sugar Bacon Twist

Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Pork Belly

Cassoulet Toast

Chinese Fried Rice

Chops and Rice — Quick and Easy

Cooked Cabbage and Sausage

Country Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce

Easy Pork Lo Mein

Eggroll In A Bowl

Garlic Lime Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Chop and Roasted Apple Salad

Jalapeno Gravy with Chicken Fried Pork Tenderloin

Mini Corn Dogs with Mustard Dipping Sauce

Momofuku’s Steamed Buns and Quick Pickles

Pepperoncini Pork Roast

Pork Belly Taco

Pork Burger with Blue Cheese and Grilled Peaches

Pork Chops and Cabbage with Thyme

Pork Marsala with Creamy Spinach Grits

Pork Satay with Three Dipping Sauces

Pork and Savoy Cabbage Stir-Fry

Pork Tenderloin with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce

Pork in Whiskey Sauce Tapas

Pulled Pork Tacos

Sheet Pan Dinner with Sausage

Sichuan Pork Ragu

Smokin Succulent Grilled Pork Chops

Spinach Fettucini with Sweet/Hot Sausage

Stir-fry with Pork, Eggplant and Greens

Wok’n Noodles

Seafood/Fish:

Alaskan Salmon Cakes

Asian Salmon with Avocado, Orange and Cucumber Salsa

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto with Lobster and Proscuitto

Avocado Shrimp Salad

Bang Bang Shrimp

Bar-B-Q Shrimp

Blackened Red Fish with Lots of Butter

Coconut Crusted Crab Cakes

Coconut Fried Shrimp with Zippy Orange Dipping Sauce

Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Horseradish Sauce

Crab, Corn and Bacon Maque Choux

Crispy Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Fiesta Catfish with Guacamole

Firey Pasta with Bay Scallops

Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Cream Fraiche

Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

Grilled Salmon with Avocado, Orange and Cucumber Salsa

Grilled Salmon Tacos with Schirarch Cream

Grilled Seafood Salad

Grown-Up Parmesan Fish Sticks

Hawaiian Coconut Shrimp with Orange Marmalade Sauce

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Israeli Couscous with Tarragon (and scallops and shrimp)

Key Lime Shrimp with Trottole Pasta

Lemon Cream Pasta with Shrimp

Lemon Spaghetti with Shrimp

Paella

Pan Seared Halibut with Green Pea Risotto

Poached Salmon with Fennel and Lemon Caper Yogurt Sauce

Preserved Lemons

Red Chard, Shrimp and Artichoke Stir-fry

Redfish and Crab Maque Choux

Red Fish Imperial

Red Snapper with Citrus Gremolata

Salmon with Bread Crumb Crust and Dill Sauce

Salmon En croute

Salmon with Mustard Sauce

Shellfish with Spaghetti Squash

Shrimp and Cheese Grits

Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Pasta

Shrimp Foo Yung

Shrimp Corn Dogs with Blueberry Mustard

Shrimp Louie Salad

Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, and Linguini

Shrimp Salad on Puff Pastry Bread

Shrimp Taco Wrap

Spicy Sesame Tuna Bowl

Sugar Cane Skewered Shrimp with Bacon and Pineapple

Supreme of Salmon with Truffle Bean Puree

Sushi Challenge

Thai Shrimp and Eggplant Stir-Fry

Tuscan Halibut

Vegetable Noodles with Cedar Plank Salmon

Game:

Buttermilk Fried Quail Legs

Duck Confit

Fig Basted Cornish Hens

Game Hens with Tangerine Sauce

The Tortoise and The Hare

Pasta:

Avocado Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

Beef Stroganoff with Asparagus

Brussel Sprouts, Chestnuts and Whole Wheat Pasta

Butterflies with Chicken, Asparagus and Snow Peas

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter

Cauliflower Onion Linquine

Creamy Artichoke Pasta with Chicken

Duck Confit Ravioli with Port and Sun-dried Cherry Sauce

Firey Angel Hair Pasta

Giant Pasta with Baby Zucchini

Gnocchi with Chicken and Gorgonzola Sauce

Key Lime Shrimp with Trottole Pasta

King Ranch Pasta

Lemon Cream Pasta with Shrimp

Orecchietta, Snap Peas and Italian Sausage

Pasta Carbonara Primavera

Pasta with Purple Cauliflower with Walnut Cream Sauce

Red Chard, Shrimp and Artichoke Stir-fry

Ribeye Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

Summertime Pasta with Pea Pods and Lemon

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Szechwan Noodles with Baby Vegetables

Zucchini Pasta with Pine Nuts

Pizza:

Mushroom Fontina Kale Flatbread

Tomato Phyllo Pizza

White Bean and Shrimp Pizza with Herbs

Sandwiches:

Asparagus Ham and Cheese Melt

Cassoulet Toast

English Muffin BLT Sandwich

Hawaiian Pork Sliders

Shrimp Salad on Puff Pastry Bread

Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Southwest Open Faced Sandwich

The Hot Brown Sandwich

The Humble Sloppy Joe

The Ultimate Patty Melt

Other:

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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