Eggplant Parmigiana Casserole with Pesto

Recipe for slices of eggplant dipped in pesto and parmesan cheese, layered in a casserole with roasted tomato sauce and mozarella.

Summer eggplant parmigiana casserole of eggplant slices coated in pesto and cheeses, layered with tomato sauce lasagna-style for easy serving. One of the things I've most enjoyed about blogging is getting to know people I may never meet. We food bloggers share recipes, comment on each others blogs, and support each other through more social media channels than I thought I'd ever join. Along the way, we offer up pieces of our lives with anyone who stops by our kitchens. I know who had ...

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Eggplant Sandwich with Roasted Tomatoes and Melted Provolone Cheese

eggplant sandwiches with roasted tomatoes and provolone cheese.

#Secret Recipe Club: Baked eggplant sandwich with balsamic roasted tomatoes and provolone cheese. What a wonderful blog I was assigned this month with the Secret Recipe Club group : Tara's Multicultural Table. For the uninitiated, the Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 100 food bloggers. Every month, we’re each assigned a blog to look through. We try a few recipes and chose one to post about. But all month long, we keep our assignment a secret until ‘reveal day’. It’s been a lot of ...

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Cheesy Polenta Topped with Mole & Pepper Relish

Cheesy Polenta with Mole and Roasted Peppers slider - The Wimpy Vegetarian

Comforting cheesy polenta topped with a mole sauce and roasted peppers. I lived in Italy in a former life. I crave pasta and risotto. If I buy canned tomatoes, they're San Marzano. And every soup I make simmers with a chunk of Parmesan rind. Unconvinced? I've got more proof. Dessert? A fig crostata, prego. Appetizer? Farinata. And when I want comfort food, I make polenta. OK, maybe it all just means I should live in Italy in this lifetime. But until that happens I can at least ...

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Moroccan Chickpea Stew with Charred Eggplant and Tomatoes

vegan Middle Eastern stew with charred eggplant and chickpeas

Hearty Moroccan chickpea stew with charred eggplant and roasted tomatoes. My love affair with Middle Eastern food began over twenty years ago when I lived in Boston’s South End. The gentrification wave, spreading out from the Back Bay, hadn’t made it to my street yet. When I bought my unit, my realtor had congratulated me on buying a flat in the first building renovated in the area. “Getting in early before the boom is a great investment”, he promised. But there were metal bars on my ...

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Fusilli with Eggplant, Tomatoes and Capers

Fusilli with Eggplant Tomatoes and Capers

Classic Sicilian pasta of fusilli tossed with eggplant, tomatoes, and capers with added tofu to boost the protein punch. Re-entry has not been smooth. After spending a month in Italy, my internal clock remains in vacanza, as it clearly has no idea if I should be awake or asleep at any given moment. Admittedly, catching a bad cold the final day of vacation followed by staying up for 24 hours straight the day we flew home hasn't ...

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Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Soup

Roasted eggplant and tomato soup with parmesan toasts

Hearty, rustic soup of roasted eggplant and tomatoes with a Parmesan crostini. You might think that since this is the second recipe I’ve posted with eggplants in a starring role, that I like them. But I’d have to be honest and admit they’re not my favorite. They can be too soggy fare sometimes when I’m looking for something more firm and substantial, which is why I’ve spent so much time figuring out ways to minimize that sogginess. So sometimes, instead of trying to prevent a perceived ...

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Eggplant Parmigiana

eggplant baked parmigiano comfort food recipe

Individual eggplant parmigiana servings plus tips for working with eggplant.   I grew up in Pennsylvania and lived for a long time in Boston and western Massachusetts and always felt so energized by witnessing my neighborhoods morph through all the stages of life. And autumn was always my favorite season by far, with the spectacularly vibrant trees glowing in the afternoon sun. Living now in ...

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