Berenjena Rellena (Stuffed Eggplant)

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 2 medium eggplants 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 medium red onion, chopped fine ¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine 1 cup breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted ½ teaspoon cinnamon Salt and pepper Juice of 1 lemon Serve with chunk of bread PREPARATION […]

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Fish Foil with Veggies and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Makes 4 servings INGREDIENTS 1 small traditional eggplant or 4 Japanese eggplants, cut into 1-inch cubes 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 whole head of garlic 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped 2 medium zucchini, sliced into disks 10 sundried […]

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Grilled Summer Vegetables with Wood Sorrel Butter

Serves 4 A colorful combination of summer’s wild and cultivated ingredients, this recipe combines the smokiness of grilled vegetables with the lemony tang of wood sorrel (Oxalis). I use a stovetop cast iron grill for these veggies, but if you’ve already got the outdoor grill fired up by all means use it. For outdoor grilling, […]

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Half-the-Pasta Lasagna

Makes 4 servings Ingredients 1 small Italian eggplant ½ package of lasagna noodles (whole wheat if available) 1 egg 1 cup skim ricotta 1 cup kalamata olives, chopped 2 cloves garlic ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves chopped Salt & pepper 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced […]

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Indian Summer Ratatouille

This version of the traditional fresh Provencal vegetable stew is both easy and tasty as well and utilizes the best of the late summer/early fall bounty!

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Pomegranate Glazed Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Mint

Serves 4. INGREDIENTS 1 medium eggplant, sliced into 1 inch sliced of the whole eggplant Salt ½ cup pomegranate syrup ½ cup feta cubed into bite size pieces ½ cup fresh mint leaves torn into little bits PREPARATION Prepare a grill to medium heat. Sprinkle eggplant with salt and brush with pomegranates syrup. Grill on […]

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Roasted Eggplant Caviar with Mint Soy Yogurt Drizzle

Serves 8 Ingredients 1 large eggplant 2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 8 ounces soy yogurt ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine ¼ cup fresh lemon juice Directions Preheat oven […]

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Roasted Lamb with Eggplant, Cucumbers, Mint, Anchovy, and Yogurt

INGREDIENTS 1 cup yogurt Lemon juice, to taste Olive oil 2 cucumbers, peeled and finely chopped ½ cup mint leaves 2 large eggplant, diced and salted 2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped ½ teaspoon chili flakes 5 cloves garlic, only 1 clove finely chopped 1 lb. lamb loin salt and pepper, to taste 1 large sprig […]

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Santorini Roasted Eggplant

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Smoked Spiced Eggplant

Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS 1 large eggplant 3 tablespoons canola oil 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 large red onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste 2 garlic cloves, ground to a paste in a mortar and pestle 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional) 1 tablespoon ground coriander ½ […]

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Smokey Eggplant Mousse

One of the truly most decadent dishes I have ever tasted in Israel is the many versions of eggplant mousse. A longtime fan of baba ganoush, I was skeptical a few years ago when I tried my first version of this classic Middle Eastern staple in a mousse form. I am not the biggest fan of French technique cooking; I find the raw grittiness of food in a more pure form typically attracts me greater than dishes that are over concocted. But even so, I am willing to try anything (except liver), and so I did. To my amazement, I fell in love with eggplant made into a mousse. There is something so luxurious about the texture and taste. There are several different version of the dish of course and I typically and happy with most, some more lemony, others more cuminy, while my favorites tend to be smoky and herbaceous tasting with lots of sumac and paparika. I guess the point to all of this is don’t underestimate the mousse and certainlyy let’s keep eating baba ganoush, but don’t overlook a smokey eggplant mousse if you come across one and this recipe is my best recollection of the best I have had, combined with hot grilled flat bread you can sit in complete luxury even all alone, and indulge in this one of a kind dish.

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