I went to a local farmer’s market with my daughter last weekend and, in addition to pounds of fresh tomatoes, I bought some eggplant. I practically always make eggplant parmesan. Since we just had that dish a few weeks ago, I was looking to make something different. You can experiment with adding different items in place of the olives, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes. But I would recommend giving it a try, as is, first.
YUM! I noticed some great looking organic fennel in the grocery store the other day and picked up some. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it but bought it anyway!
When I was young I remember holiday dinners were always finished with a stalk of fennel and a small glass of red wine for dipping. The licorice-taste and crisp texture always had me looking forward to this tradition.
I decided to roast the fennel, using the entire head (about the size of a fist), without the leaves. The result…bellissimo!
YES! I think I finally nailed this recipe. I tasted a kale salad with peanut sauce somewhere in LA several years ago and have been trying to duplicate it. Did I succeed? Nope, but this is even better!