Penne with Eggplant & Tomato Sauce

I am cooking a lot more vegetarian dishes than ever before…and loving it! With a growing family, we have so many different dietary requirements and desires. Don’t get me wrong, we still love grilling steaks and barbecuing chicken – but we are developing a new palate in our house. There are so many more flavors out there that we just never considered…like this delicious pasta that I made from the leftover Eggplant & Tomato Soup…so, so good… Continue reading

Eggplant ‘Meat’Balls & Creamy Polenta

These ‘Meat’Balls are so good! I substitute these for beef when I have my vegetarian friends over…using them in sandwiches (think Meatball Subs) and over pasta (think Spaghetti & Meatballs). They’re so full of flavor that they fooled my friends – I personally think they taste way better than beef meatballs! If you haven’t given them a try you definitely should… Continue reading

Classic Moussaka


We are huge fans of Greek food…I make a lot of it at home and we also head over to our favorite Greek spots a few times a month (Estia Taverna and Black Olive)…but had never made Moussaka at home until this past weekend…I didn’t want to follow anyone else’s recipe – I knew the flavors very well since I’ve eaten it many times at restaurants…so I sat down and wrote my ideas out in my cooking notebook…shopped for all the ingredients ….then gave it a whirl on Sunday afternoon. It turned out superb! Definitely restaurant quality (can I toot my own horn and say even better than restaurant quality?!) I roasted the eggplant and baked the layer of potatoes before assembling the remaining layers; bringing out the delicious flavors of both, while the beef simmered in a tomato sauce seasoned with cinnamon, allspice and ginger. The final layer is a custard-like b├ęchamel sauce topped with a mix of shredded cheeses…truly scrumptious! Continue reading

Eggplant Parmesan


Today I’m sharing a Meatless Meal…this is one of my favorites…I get it all the time when I see it on restaurant menus but in all honesty they’re so covered with sauce that it’s sometimes hard to taste the eggplant. When I make it at home I cook it with as little oil as possible and top it with just a smidge of sauce and cheese so the eggplant can shine… Continue reading

Eggplant & Chicken Tajine

A Tajine is an earthenware pot which is used in many Mediterranean slow-cooked, savory dishes. The Mediterranean diet is touted as a very healthy diet… I try to incorporate this type of meal into our menu at least once a month… slowly introducing the different flavors without too much fanfare…and so far everyone seems to enjoy each dish! On today’s menu is an Eggplant & Chicken dish that is so healthy and delicious – if you don’t have a Tajine simply use an oval shallow casserole dish… Continue reading