After scouring the internet for healthyish eggplant recipes, I settled on this one. But, as usual, I made a few modifications in order to achieve this deliciousness:
*I didn't peel my eggplant
*I used panko bread crumbs instead of wheat germ
*I added a healthy shake (or three) of nutritional yeast to the breading mix
*I made about 1/3 extra of the breading mix so that my eggplant slices were pretty heavily breaded
*I sprayed the baking tray with nonstick cooking spray
and for the sauce, I:
*sauteed 1/2 an onion, a smallish sweet pepper (also from my CSA box), and minced garlic
*when it was sufficiently translucent/cooked/browning, I added a jar of Giada's Roasted Garlic marinara as recommended by Lindsey
*threw in several shakes of chili flakes and Italian seasoning
When it was all done, I stacked eggplant/marinara/eggplant/marinara/eggplant/marinara with a pinch of part-skim mozzarella on top, and heavens to Betsy it was good. Seriously, one of my new faves. I had to stop myself from devouring the entire tray.
Best part? It was super easy & quick. 40 minutes tops, start to finish, and well worth the time. Make it! and report back to me your delight.
I've also been making some jewelry lately; something I really haven't done since college. I went through a frenzied period when I was living in New Orleans during which I spent hundreds of dollars on beads, materials, etc. and countless hours fashioning necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. But since I pretty much burned myself out, I haven't played around with jewelry in many years. I don't know what came over me (well, yes I do, I wanted to make thank you gifts for the Domino Five, although I still haven't sent them . . . ), but recently I've been whipping out some DIY accessories:
Fun! I need to work on the durability of my creations, though. Any jewelers out there wanna give me some tips on how to make sure the jump rings don't split?
And lastly, I "made" this poem several years ago, but it just came out this summer in Booth. Well, I guess it came out two months ago, but I just noticed it today. So it's "new." Ha.