Baked Eggplant Parmigiana Stacks

Baked Eggplant Parmigiana recipe, inspired by Mario Batali, is all about the eggplant. Thick, round stacks of eggplant encompass layers of Italian cheeses and traditional red sauce.

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Mario Batali is one of my favorite chefs, and he's a fellow ginger too. His rustic, authentic Italian style and combinations of flavors remind me of my grandmother, who was also a ginger. Born in Northern Italy, she cooked with fresh classic Italian spice combinations such as lemon and mint, or butter, garlic, and nutmeg. These are unlike the popular Italian American flavors many are accustomed. I'm salivating at the mere thought of her cooking. On to the eggplant!

Apple Onion Prosciutto Crostata

Apple Onion Prosciutto Crostata is a savory rustic tart with a hint of salty sweetness.

Apple Onion Proscuitto Crostada

Prosciutto was on sale and I simply couldn’t resist buying a pound. In fact, it’s been so long since my last purchase I had almost forgotten it’s nutty, delicate flavor. After enjoying a fresh mozzarella and Prosciutto sammie, I went to browsing Prosciutto recipes.

Spicy, Cheesy Stuffed Bell Peppers

A spicy, twist on the classic stuffed bell pepper recipe that surely will not disappoint you. Inspired by Zatarain’s, this quick and easy recipe evolved via “What’s in the Fridge Friday.” Our method of using leftovers, a bit of this, and a box of that, to create another complete meal. Waste not want not, as the saying goes.

In the Fridge: a bag of small bell peppers, more than I could use in a week, 1/2 can Fire Roasted Rotel diced tomatoes with green chili, and a portion of ground beef, about 3/4 lb. Because the peppers were small and tricky to stuff, I opted for halving.

No rice in the pantry but we did have a box of Zatarain’s red beans and rice.

Fresh Apple Ricotta Cheese Loaf Cake

Ricotta cheese and fresh apples intensify the flavor, texture, and moistness of this loaf cake. If you’re a ricotta cheese fan like me, then this is the apple loaf cake for you!

Apple Ricotta Cheese Cake Bread

Our cousin Gloria sent us a big box of juicy, crisp apples in January. Even after preparing a big batch of this applesauce, with a household of two, you know we still had lots of apples left. My “use what I have on hand” mentality and passion for trying new recipes produced this Apple Ricotta Cheese Bread. Personally, I thought the term bread was all wrong and branded it a loaf cake rather than bread. This is loaf cake, semi-sweet, moist, and packed with fresh flavor.

Avocado Infused Deviled Egg Recipe

Avocado and guacamole fans will, without doubt, enjoy this Guacamole inspired Deviled Egg recipe.

Avocado Infused Deviled Egg Recipe

Deviled eggs are a family favorite, generally prepared on special occasions.  Hubby and I both thought, Super Bowl 50 was one of those occasions. Being one who is always looking for inspiration to jazz up those old-time recipes, I went on a deviled egg hunt. This Guacamole Deviled Eggs recipe especially sparked my interest, thus the inspiration for this recipe. It also fit well with our Tex-Mex game day menu.