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 béchamel 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

Chicken Burger with Roasted Ratatouille

Chicken Burger with Roasted Ratatouille

It’s Burger Time! Having a burger doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy! I love Ratatouille – a traditional French vegetable stew made with eggplant and zucchini and other healthy veggies. With the remaining Jersey Fresh Produce from my recent Ride the Farm event, I’ve deconstructed a Ratatouille and roasted all the veggies together, grilled some seasoned chicken burgers and topped them with the roasted ratatouille – making this meal not only absolutely delicious but definitely healthy! Continue reading

Chicken Caponata

Chicken Caponata
Our Tri Club recently had a Ride the Farm event that I was lucky enough to enjoy with my husband and some friends. During the 22 mile bike ride we visited a few farmer’s markets and were able to purchase some beautiful produce…isn’t summer grand? All those fresh fruits & veggies! Heidi is so lucky to have a garden full of all those goodies in her own backyard…and I’m lucky to live so close to these great markets: Sorbello Girls, Visalli’s & Haynicz’s. In today’s post I used some of that lovely produce (fresh yellow peppers, onions and eggplants) to make Caponata and served it along with grilled chicken for a tasty weeknight meal… Continue reading