Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat

Michael was on call and for some reason or another I decided not to go to Charleston.  I had this pattern for a "Trick or Treat" bag that I wanted to make for my niece, Mia,  for Halloween.  Hard to believe this wasn't as hard as it looked, just a little tedious switching the yarn back and fourth, but when I was done it just wasn't big enough to for a "Trick or Treat" bag.

So I improvised.  Instead of freaking out for the time and effort I put into this guy, I made up my own pattern for closing up the top, stuffed it and added a green stem.  Sorry Mia!  Maybe next year you will get your bag!  This is what happens when I spend a Friday night alone! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Eggplant Parmesan

My all time favorite thing my Grandma made was Eggplant Parmesan, and actually it's not as complicated as you would think to make.  A bit messy and time consuming, but anyone can do it.  Thankfully I had a great teacher ; )

First, make your basic sauce however you like it.  I make mine with garlic, onion, Hunt's Tomato Sauce, fresh or dried basil and parsley, salt and pepper.  While that is simmering, fry your eggplant.  You can slice them either in strips or circles.  I like the way circles look better so that is what I use, but the strips take less time.  Dip the eggplant first in flour, then your egg mixture (with a little Parmesan cheese, milk, salt and pepper) and last your seasoned bread crumbs.  Then place into a skillet with hot extra virgin olive oil, flip when golden on the bottom.  Once done on both side place on small stack of paper towels to drain some of the grease.

Now comes the fun part, you layer it.  First a couple ladle full of your sauce, then your fried eggplant, and finally mozzarella cheese (fresh or shredded).  My grandma also did a layer of the egg mixture over the cheese to hold it together, but it's not absolutely necessary.  Be sure to sprinkle some Parmesan cheese in the layers.  Bake for about 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  Let stand at least 30 mins and enjoy!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Do I have something on my face?

Most people are extremely surprised when I tell them my birds love pasta.  Actually, they are usually shocked that I have birds as pets and that they eat any kind of "human food" at all.  Crockett even asks for it, " that good?  Give me that!"  It's a bit rude, but in order to have a well balance diet birds do need more than just seeds.

My birds are not picky eaters, but the both tend to favor different foods.  Crockett absolutely loves asparagus and brussel sprouts and Tuesday favorites are apples, strawberries and broccoli.  They do have one absolute favorite food in common and that is pasta!   This past Friday I shared my dinner with them.  It made for some very happy, yet messy birds  : )