Reader Pat left a nice comment about Ken being on his business trip: "You'll be fine. Indulge yourself in all the little things that pamper you, watch your fav shows, read a good book, bubble baths, etc." Never fear, Pat! I may miss Ken, but I never have a problem keeping myself occupied!
In fact, yesterday I bought my eggplant for what has become a Ken-is-on-a-business-trip tradition: I make myself Eggplant Parmigian. Eggplant is kind of a joke between us, because when we started corresponding, I was on a major eggplant kick--I was making everything from Eggplant Parmesan to Eggplant Casserole to Ratatouille. When we met for our first date, he handed me a little box wrapped in a bow, with a rose on top. Inside was an eggplant! I even got one on our wedding day. Ha ha! Ken is a really good sport when it comes to trying new things, but I've never been able to convert him to being an eggplant fan. He says it's the texture that bugs him (other people have told me they feel the same way), and he will indeed eat other types of squash like zucchini or yellow crooknecks. Since Eggplant Parmigiana is my all-time favorite dish, I usually make it for myself when Ken goes on a trip. So that's what is for dinner tonight! Later on, I'll post the recipe on a fun recipe journal called Kitchen Chatter. Deb was kind enough to add me as a regular cook, so I need to get busy and post another recipe!
One thing I'll tell you now--speaking of pampering--is that I've started using real Parmesan cheese rather than the Kraft grated stuff. The green canister is good for other things (I love it on pasta salad), but for Italian dishes, I just LOVE the real stuff. At first it seems ridiculously expensive, but I've found that a wedge lasts for ages! Its flavor is so much more potent and pungent that you don't need a lot on top. And to continue in the "real stuff" vein, I've become hooked on using fresh mozzarella. Oh man, I love this yummy cheese, and if I see that it's on sale, I buy some and plan a meal around it! It has such a light, nutty flavor to me. I bought a container earlier this week, and that's what I'll be using in the Eggplant Parmigiana. Jeez, I'm making myself hungry!
Wow, what a surprisingly gorgeous day! It was fairly cool in here this morning, so after my shower (I'm not a bubble bath kinda gal), I put on flannel pants and a sweatshirt. A little bit later, I looked up at our weather clock and saw that while the temperature inside was around 65°, outside it was 75°! I opened the window, and it was downright balmy. When I went out to get the mail, I realized just how warm it was, so I put on a T-shirt and sat outside in the sun for a while. It felt great! Later, I moved over so that I was out of the sun, and beneath the hummingbird feeder--the hummies were flying up and checking me out. I saw females, too, so soon we'll have baby hummies! It's getting overcast now, and we'll get some rain tonight, but today was very pleasant.
It's amazing how well our house does in the summer. We do have lots of trees, and I guess that's what keeps it so cool in here. Our living room and dining room windows face north and south, so there's never much direct sunlight. (The only east window is one we had put in our bedroom, and there are a lot of trees right there. We have no west windows.) We can also get an amazing cross breeze in here that makes it very pleasant the vast majority of the time. We don't have central air, so it's a good thing that the house stays fairly cool. It has to get up to about 90° and humid for it to be uncomfortable in the living room--we have a free-standing unit that we can use when it gets that hot and humid. We have a small window unit for the bedroom, because neither of us can stand to be too hot when we sleep, so we run that a lot of nights in the summer. I love our place, because while I know it's needed sometimes, I've never loved air conditioning--I would much rather have the windows open so I can hear the outside sounds and feel the warm breezes. I'm ready for some hot weather! Well, not TOO hot!
Ken called a little bit ago and has made it safely to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan!Tags: Eggplant Parmigiana