Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I love this time of year. So much fresh produce, and I am getting a few tomatoes and green peppers from my container garden.

I only planted one green pepper plant, which isn't doing great, but I have managed to get one small pepper from it and there is another one clinging to life.

It is being cut up and used in my breakfast burrito. It's so easy to scramble some eggs with mushrooms and the pepper, add some grated cheddar cheese, and wrap it in a gluten free tortilla. Yummy!!

I'm starting to get more tomatoes, so I think it is time to make my favorite eggplant tomato casserole. In the over 45 years that I have been making it I have never had one person turn it down. 

Eggplant Tomato Casserole
from the original  "The Vegetarian Epicure Cookbook"

1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 lb.) 

1 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
2 eggs, beaten

2 Tbs. melted low cal margarine (or butter)
ground pepper,

2 to 3 tbs. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. crushed oregano

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs (I'm making my own gluten free bread crumbs)
2 large tomatoes, sliced thin

2 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese,

eel and slice the eggplant. Put the slices in a pan with the salt and about an inch of boiling water. Cover tightly and cook about 10 minutes. Drain. Mash the eggplant and mix in the eggs, melted butter, pepper, onion, oregano and bread crumbs.
Butter a shallow 1 1/2 qt. baking dish. Cover the bottom with half the tomato slices. Spoon in all of the eggplant mixture and spread evenly. Arrange the rest of the tomato slices on top. Mix together the cheeses and sprinkle over the top layer of tomatoes. Add a sprinkle of paprika and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Then just serve and enjoy.

I'm planning on sharing this with some friends in a few days.

What is your garden producing and how are you using it?

I have really been struggling with moving my photos from my iphone to my computer lately, and it has kept me from blogging. 

I was using dropbox, but whenever I filled it up I would either have to delete a bunch of photos or pay for more storage. 

I asked my daughter what to use and she suggested Google Photos. So much easier. Why didn't I know about this before?

Now I am feeling like getting out there and taking photos again. 

Some days it feels like I spend more time on how to use technology than anything else I am doing. 

I am heading out to dinner tonight and I think I will treat myself to a glass of wine. It's been a long day.


  1. All I'm getting is chives and tomatoes. But I love them both!

  2. Laura, Such pretty flowers. yum on the breakfast. xoxo,Susie

  3. Enjoy the fresh veggies! We got a handful of tomatoes this year and so probably our last time trying.

  4. The veggies looks wonderful, tasty, I love eggplant.
    About the Google photos, make sure you do some research before only depending on them for cloud storage...I think they limit the amount of full resolution images you can save. The free storage saves your images in limited resolution. Mostly great for blogging, but not good enough to enlarge. So if you have a shot that you might want to enlarge later make sure to save it as a full resolution image in another place such as your computer, or a external hard drive.

    I've been using Snap Seed on my phone [free app and amazing] to edit my images and then I can easily upload them from dropbox, or Google albums to my accounts.

    I see what you mean about Picmonkey...rather limited could contact them and mention it.

    Enjoy the summer.


  5. I don't enjoy the technology aspect many other things I would rather do or things that actually need doing - like washing windows. Good for you on trying - your doing better than me!

  6. I've gotten just a few tomatoes and cucumbers from our garden. The tomatoes are very small this year. Your eggplant recipe looks delicious.
    I spend too much time with finding photos after editing them. There has got to be a simpler way! I'm not tech savvy at all.
    Have a nice weekend!

  7. My photos sit on my laptop.
    With no backup yet - bad blogger!

  8. Thank you for sharing the eggplant recipe...sounds delicious! Nothing to pick in our garden yet, but a lot is growing...cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, peppers. Can't wait!


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