Khoresh Bademjun – Persian Eggplant Stew

Khoresh Bademjun is the most often requested birthday dinner dish in our house.  And we have to call it by its Persian name since Emily, who loves it, could not bring herself to eat eggplant, but as long as we called it khoresh bademjun, it was delicious.  It takes a long time to prepare and…

Basic Tomato Sauce

When tomatoes are plentiful, I make many batches of basic tomato sauce, freeze it, and then adjust the flavors and texture depending upon it’s intended use.  Depending upon my harvest, I can be finishing the last of last year’s sauce just as this year’s tomatoes begin to ripen.  And as you will see below, making…

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread

There is always debate in my house over what to put in the zucchini bread.  Ali and I like raisins and nuts, Arielle and Emily like raisins, no nuts, Lauren likes nuts, no raisins.  But today, Arielle – my official zucchini bread baker – is home and we decided to try a new approach –…

Gazpacho

I love gazpacho; I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But I have spent years trying to get the “right” gazpacho recipe.  I really wanted to find one I liked that did not use tomato juice, that always felt like “cheating”.  I have finally found one that I consider worth sharing.  This recipe…

Ratatouille

I remember hating ratatouille as a child.  I only rediscovered it a couple of years ago when I had an abundance of zucchini and eggplants and did not yet have many recipes for them.  Luckily, I realized that the secret to delicious ratatouille is to cook it super long so that everything blends and it…