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As Expected…

My Eggplant came out like shit.
It looked ok. But tasted blah.

Eggplant Tomatoes and Dill

The eggplant was dry and kind of tasted like mushrooms. I’m going to try Jodi’s and Sarah’s suggestions at some point, and haven’t quite given up on eggplant yet.

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Right now.. at this very moment…

I am cooking over 2.5 lbs of eggplant. 1/2 are white ones, from my garden, and 1/2 are purple and from the Scratch Farm CSA that I belong to and love dearly.

I’m going to admit to you, I don’t think I like eggplant. I feel just eh – about eggplant parmesan, (i’d really rather have veal (gasp)) but I have to do something with it. I had some baba ganoush I liked once, but recipes tell me to cook the eggplant right on the burner, and I have an electric stove, so I feel weird about sticking my eggplant on my electric burner. I’m currently roasting all of this eggplant for 40 minutes at 350 with some olive oil and garlic, and then adding it to the last of my garden tomatoes (cold, i hate cooked tomatoes) and some dill. It sounds like its going to be good, but will it be? I’ll tell you tomorrow, and I will have a photo for you.

BTW I’m sure I’ll be getting more eggplant, so if you have any spectacular eggplant recipes that don’t involve breadcrumbs or frying, please clue me in.

Catch of the Day

As a true New Englander, I love Lobster in all forms, in raviolis, boiled, steamed, dunked in butter etc etc… But of course, I love the classic Lobster Roll at least once a summer. I think that on this trip to the cape I may have had the mother of all Lobster Roll’s at Catch of the Day in Wellfleet. For $17, I was presented with this monster of a sandwich, which delicious sweet potato fries and tons of pickles. The meat itself had just a little mayo and some celery mixed in, just how I like it. The bun was almost like a hot dog bun, but not quite, but sweet like it should be. I feel it is my duty to share this place with the rest of the universe, since it wasn’t that busy for a place right on route 6 with such tasty lobster rolls.

potentially the best lobster roll i've ever had

Also, they use crushed ice in their soda, CRUSHED ICE! heaven. really.

Booze and Veggies.

This summer I belong to a great CSA, and have a garden, so I’m already finding myself with a shitload of vegetables. Last night after a few beers at the new neighborhood bar The Scurvy Dog, I made some really unphotogenic but yummy pickles, and whipped up these effin’ delicious onion goat cheese muffins.

They are based on Jugalbandi’s Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Muffins, but I used what I had in my fridge, which was onions and zucchini and some dill.

onionmuffin

I was drunk when I made them, but somehow they came out really well, and so fluffy, I think because I used egg whites instead of the whole egg? They are for a picnic tonight at Blithewold, and I think they will go nicely with the Portuguese wine they are serving (More drinking).

Whenever I drink 4 beers on an empty stomach, I crave some za, so luckily I had the right ingrediants.

Last nights dinner Goat Cheese Salami Broccoli Pizza:
za

See that beautiful broccoli, its from my garden. I know, you are jealous.

This week’s Narragansett Recipe

I really like Narragansett Beer, I find it pleasant to drink (when in bottles), cheap, and it’s somewhat local. I also really like supporting farmer’s markets, so, I’m going to bring you a recipe a week created with Narragansett and some local produce. Sound good? Good.

This week’s I bring you something pretty simple but incredibly tasty:

Asparagus with ‘Gansett and Sage LittleNecks

– 1 Bunch of Asparagus (I used asparagus from Four Town Farm – much much better than what you’d get at the supermarket)
– 1 lb of Little Neck Clams (Mine were from Matunuck Oyster – awesome)
– 1/2 bottle of Narragansett Lager (or any local lager)
– 1 teaspoon of Dried Sage – Fresh would be better
– 1 clove of garlic
– 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil

Mix Oil with thinly sliced garlic on medium heath add Asparagus. Saute on medium for about 10 minutes.

Put Little Necks in Large pot, add 1/2 bottle of Narragansett + Sage let boil on high heat, cook for about 5 minutes, until they open a little bit.

Plate,Eat and Enjoy. (Drink the rest of the beer with the meal)

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katie lee cookie mania

We listen to Howard Stern almost exclusively in the car these days. Recently he had Katie Lee Joel in (she’s a friend of his fiance) and she made these cookies from her badly named-new book, The Comfort Table. There are mixed reviews on this book, but she brought in some of her cookies to the studio, which prompted my roommate to make some. Luckily, the recipe is available for free here.

While MJP was the chef, I will willing to taste test them. And i can say, i give them an A-. Had I just tried the raw cookie dough, and fresh out of the oven cookies, it would be a solid A. But this morning I had one for breakfast and they are a little less OMGWTFSOGOOD, but still,OMGSOGOOD.

Katie Lee Joel Cookies

Butternut Vest

Last week I finished the Back to School Vest by Stephanie Japel. I am happy with it and it reminded me a little of macrame so I decided it needed a long hippie necklace to go with it. So I went to Forever 21 and spent 5.20 on this :
today I am wearing a garment I knit to work

All day I got compliments on the necklace, and only a few on the vest (by other knitters) oh well, I love that vest and will actually wear it.

Looking at the photo for a week really made me want some butternut squash soup. So I yesterday afternoon I opened my new food processor and whipped some up.
butternut squash and apple soup

It was yummy! I still have some left, you can come have some if you want.