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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Eggplant Parmigiana

If you are looking for a great meatless meal that your whole family will enjoy, then try this Eggplant Parmigiana.  It is also low carb since the eggplant is not coated with bread crumbs. 
  It's just a burst of great Italian flavor with a healthier twist! 

Eggplant Parmigiana
  • 1 large eggplant cut into thin slices lengthwise
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lb Mozzarella Cheese, sliced or grated
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
for the Red Sauce
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic
  • olive oil
  • 28 oz can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 carrot
1. Make the red sauce below and let it simmer for at least an hour (longer is even better).
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Fry the eggplant slices in just enough olive oil to cover the skillet. Only fry 2 to 3 slices at one time about 4 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
4. Spoon enough red sauce in the bottom of a 9 X 13 casserole dish to just cover the bottom.
5. Place half of the slices of the cooked eggplant over the sauce, cover with more sauce.
6. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the Parmesan cheese.
7. Layer with remaining eggplant slices, red sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese in that order.
8. Sprinkle with the chopped basil.
9. Bake for 40 minutes uncovered until cheese is melted and bubbly.
10. Let cool about 10-15 minutes before serving.
For the Italian Red Sauce
1. Finely chop the garlic cloves.
2. Cover the bottom of a dutch oven with olive oil and heat on med heat.
3. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
4. Pour in tomatoes and chicken broth.
5, Drop in 1 whole peeled carrot. (The carrot will remove the acids of the tomatoes and prevent heartburn from the red sauce)
6. Lower the heat to low and let the red sauce simmer for an hour or even more.
7. Remove carrot and discard before serving.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Free Barbie St Paddy's Dress Pattern

Simple, Simple, Simple is what this little dress is.  I made it in less than two hours and my granddaughter will love it.   I started it with the same pattern as the Barbie tutu and just added the skirt.  I used a size 2 crochet hook, a 1 inch green pony tail holder and of course white and green yarn.

St Paddy's Barbie Dress

 Round one:  With green yarn, work 30 single crochet stitches around the green pony tail holder, join with a sl st in the first sc.
2nd round:  Chain 2 then Double crochet
3rd  round: Chain 2 then Double crochet in the next stitch, dc2 tog: continue this same pattern: At the end of the round, you should have decreased to a total of 11 stitches.
Continue double crocheting until bodice measures 2 1/2  inches.   

Change to white yarn-
Round one with white yarn: Triple crochet two times in each stitch (chain one between each triple) Triple Crochet for the next four rounds ( Skirt should measure about 2 1/2 inches) tie off.
For necking, using white yarn single crochet around the pony tail holder, tie off.  Lay dress flat to determine the location of the neck ties.
First neck tie;    Single Crochet 3 stitches, turn, single crochet two stitches, turn, single crochet one stitch, then chain 25 stitches, tie off.
Repeat for second tie.   (I skipped five stitches between the ties for the front neckline). 
  Work in loose thread.   I also found a little shamrock button and sewed it on the waist of the dress.

So simple and super cute!!