My husband Ted doesn't adore eggplant, so it's not often that I manage to incorporate it into dishes we both enjoy. At this time of year, when we're eating as much corn and tomatoes as we can -- and as much zucchini as we can stand -- it's easy to forget about eggplant, which is also at its peak right now. To make sure you don't pass over eggplant at the farm stand, here are a few of my favorite eggplant recipes, perfect for summer.
Sarah, a real-life friend of many years, attended a dinner party a few weeks ago, where she complimented the host on one of the dishes served. The host offered to share the recipe, and when Sarah arrived home, she found it in her inbox. She burst out laughing, because the recipe was one from The Perfect Pantry! It made my day when she told me the story.
Happy Earth Day! Four years ago, I wrote this post in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. I'm still trying to implement all of these ways to make my pantry a bit greener. I've updated the post a bit, and I hope you'll find some good ideas here and in the comments left on the original post. And I hope that this year, a freak April snow storm doesn't cover my compost pile with snow!
How green is your pantry?
I'd call my pantry greenish. Not perfect, but more environmentally aware than it used to be.
DOWNSIZING. My friends are all doing it, and it's a frequently-used word in my house these days. After years and years of acquiring, I'm ready to live with less stuff. Last April I had a big porch sale of cookware and kitchen equipment, and I'm planning another sale this Spring (local readers, take note!). It was a lot of fun, and now I'm ready to downsize even more.
To get ready for the sale, I've been giving everything in my kitchen the once-over. Do I need it? Do I want it? Have I used it at all in the past year?
It's hard to let go, isn't it? So I'd love your help.
Please take this very short poll. Tell me what tools you have and use in your own kitchen.
After you "vote", you can see the results. All completely anonymous, of course.
Oh, and don't be embarrassed if you have all of the kitchen tools in this poll. I do, and I have multiples of most of them.
My name is Lydia Walshin. From my tiny kitchen in Boston's South End, I share recipes that use what we keep in our pantries, the usual and not-so-usual ingredients that spice up our lives. Thanks so much for visiting.