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Eggplant Parmesan Anyone?


Eggplant and Zuchinni

Last week the eggplant, squash, and zucchini were all ripe and ready to pick at the same at the same time. It is a rare day when nature blesses us with such beautiful vegetables all available for consumption at one time. For me it immediately sets the wheels in motion to try to figure out what to create with this manna from heaven. So here is what I came up with.

Eggplant Parmesan

Squash Suffle

And by the way, that homemade tomato sauce used in the Parmesan was made from whole,skinned, San Marzanos from the garden also.

Nuttin’ Better

These dishes were very simple to make and were delicious. Not because of my culinary skills but because of the freshness of the veggies.

Grilled and Ready

I started off grilling the eggplant and zucchini while to tomato sauce was simmering. Nothing fancy about the sauce except using shredded carrots to sweeten and lots of garlic and onions. Then layered the eggplant with fresh mozzarella on top followed by the sauce. Then a layer of zucchini with more cheese and sauce.

Fresh Mozzarella

Lastly, I covered the top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and baked for 1 hour on 350. Pretty simple, huh?

Fresca Italia

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Sloppy Joes

Perfect Picture??

Don’t let the picture fool you. This is not a picture of my family’s Sunday morning breakfast.  It began the same way each week.The four kids would awake to my mother yelling at us to hurry and get up. We would convene with eyes half shut at the circular oak table with a bowl of whatever horrible cereal was left from the weekday slaughter.

Um Pa Pa, Um Pa Pa

The constant rhythm of childhood slurping of homogenized milk sounded more like a traditional German beer hall band. Then the moment we had all been fearing and anxiously trying to avoid………… the biggest Pass of Gas from the very top of the staircase would rattle our bowls as my father made his way down in his dirty white, tattered boxer shorts. Some kids awoke to their mothers sweet whispers, some kids to an alarm clock. Some kids to a Cockle Doodle Do…..But at my house our day started out with Dad’s Giant Fart. As we got older and began to bring girlfriends and boyfriends home from college, this moment would always have us panicking and sweating with anxiety. But once the Tuba had blown it’s horn, there was nothing left of our pride, and we moved on with Sunday.

Following Sunday School and Church we would make our way home in the family station wagon. There was never any guessing  where we might be going for Sunday lunch. It was always the same…….back home for Sloppy Joes. Somehow my amazing grandmother was able to take one pound of ground beef, a package of seasoning and some ketchup, a pack of 8 small buns and feed a family of 7! Albeit a still very hungry family of 7. So she would open up the day old loaf of


Wonder Bread and stack it up high with a stick of oleo and we would eat until we couldn’t get up. Now how is that for healthy dining? There was something special about Sloppy Joe Sundays. Maybe it was the race for sopping rights of the leftover sauce. Maybe it was one time a week where for 17 years, we were always together. So in honor of this meaningful meal,I thought I would share an updated, more interesting version of that “Oh so simple” sandwich.


1 chopped onion, 1 garlic clove minced,1 small jar of pimentos chopped

1 tsp vegetable oil, 1 pound fatty ground beef, 2 tsps chili powder (crank it up for more fun)

2 cups of homemade Italian tomato sauce (use San Marino peeled tomatoes only), 1 1/4 cup of frozen corn kernels, 4 pieces finely chopped bacon,

2 tblsp Barbeyaki Grilling Sauce

4 Brioche Rolls


Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, and pimentos to a fairly deep skillet, stirring occasionally until the ground beef is cooked. Add the chili powder, corn, and spaghetti sauce. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture onto Brioche and top with fresh Mozzarella cheese. Broil bun with cheese until almost burnt! Hope you enjoy this like I do and have it next Sunday.

Sincere and Sloppy

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