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Eggplant Stacks

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Walking through Trader Joe's the other day after work, I came upon a display of shiny, chubby eggplants. While eggplant is one of those vegetables I am learning to enjoy cooked in new ways, I knew right away what I would make with it and placed one in my cart.

Eggplant Stacks
This dish is short on looks, but long on delicious flavor!

It has been may years since I made this recipe. Actually since the years that Jimmy Carter was president. It is one of those dishes that is just as good to offer up to company as it is for your own loved ones any day of the week. Made with fresh vegetables, a few whole wheat bread crumbs and a sprinkle of cheese. I think you will like it also.


Eggplant Stacks
adapted from: The family recipes of Jimmy and Roslyn Carter
serves 6-8

1 large eggplant, peeled if desired (the peel can toughen when baked....) sliced 1 inch thick. Keep the butt end, dice, add to the tomato mixture.
salt and pepper
olive oil
1 small onion
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 c minced tomatoes (14 oz can drained works well)
1/4 t thyme leaves, crumbled
additional salt and pepper
1/4 c minced parsley
1/2 c (1 slice) fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
1 c grated Swiss cheese (Swiss is best for the nutty flavor, but you may substitute cheddar) OR thin sliced Swiss Cheese

Place eggplant pieces on a flat baking pan, brush with oil, season with salt and pepper, broil until lightly brown, turn and repeat.


Remove eggplant from broiler, set aside.


In a skillet, add olive oil and saute the onion and garlic along with the diced eggplant, until golden, season with salt and pepper along with the thyme. Stir in the tomatoes, cook and stir until most of the moisture is gone. Stir in the bread crumbs and parsley.


Spoon evenly onto the eggplant slices in mounds.

Not everyone at the table likes Swiss Cheese.....

Evenly sprinkle with the grated Swiss cheese or top with a thin slice.

Bake 350 degrees 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy

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Grab a jar of jam, marinade and grill sauce

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I have not made much jam (so far) this year. One reason is that a change was requested, instead of jam, could I make jelly? Absolutely, raspberry and blackberry seeds can be annoying......

When I went to check up on my stock of jelly jars, I did notice that I have some jam left from last year, which was surprising as we eat a lot of jam, on toast, or sandwiches, every day.

I have used jam in my cooking, this quick bread and this entree, come to mind. Years ago I also made a very easy (and delicious!) ice cream with jam, buttermilk and cream, it was very good. Then I thought why not make a marinade and grill sauce, so we did...

Turn your homemade jam into a grilling sauce.
Turn homemade jam into a grilling sauce!

Fruity Marinade and Grill Sauce
by the seat of my pants
makes about 1 quart

1 pint jar of jam, any flavor
1 14-16 oz can of diced tomatoes - do not drain
1/4 cup Quick Pickled Onions, with the brine/juice


Bring the tomatoes and onions to a boil, add jam, cover and remove from heat. Let stand until room temperature.

Puree.


Decant to storage container.

Use as a marinade and/or grilling sauce.


Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Asian Pork Roast, a slow cooker recipe

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

In previous times, I would purchase a large pork loin when they went on sale. Once home, it was cut into smaller pieces and frozen safely for future meals. Unfortunately, I was not a good cook of lean pork. Now however the slow cooker has renewed my enjoyment of this delicious meat.

Asian Pork Roast, a slow cooker recipe
Asian Pork Roast
Rosemary seems like an unusual ingredient, but it is very good! If you are not a fan of Rosemary, use the smaller amount.


Asian Pork Roast
adapted from: Fix it and Forget It.

2 1/2-3 pound Pork Loin

2-3 cloves garlic
fresh ground pepper

1/4 c soy sauce
1/2 c catsup
1/4 c honey

1-3 sprigs of fresh Rosemary
OR 
1/4-1 t dried

Place Pork Loin in the bottom of slow cooker, cut slits into meat, and stuff with the garlic. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.

Stir together soy sauce, catsup and honey. Pour over Pork Loin.


Lay Rosemary over the top of the pork.


Cook on low 3-4 hours or until pork registers 140-143 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Remove to a platter and cover, let rest 10 minutes. Strain pan drippings and serve with the roast.

Enjoy!

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Hello Friends!


I found that I missed having a platform for writing about and sharing recipes for the foods I want to cook for my family, so.......

I thought I would re-open the pathway to Our Sunday Cafe and begin sharing those recipes that I not only want to cook, but chose to cook for our table. No matter who you are, you make choices for your family. These choices may be influenced or inspired by writings here and on other blogs, as I am inspired when I visit your blogs and read your words.

There have been many changes in our household, including the decision to sell and move into a home selected for our retirement years. But one thing I have come to realize is that not only do I enjoy cooking, I need to cook! It defines me as a woman, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

A blog is a responsibility, but much like a beloved family member that you help care for, it is a responsibility very much missed, when no longer a part of your life.

I have some changes to make here at Our Sunday Cafe blogspot. But one thing is for certain, we do cook on Sundays and sometimes the family does drop by for dinner. One other change that I am super excited about is a new Bosch Mixer and WonderMill grain mill.

Since I am completely obsessed with making the perfect loaf of bread, I look forward to using this great pair of kitchen helpers. Needless to say, I can't wait to start cooking again!

And share with all of you, Drop me a line, and let me know what you think. Thanks!




If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends, if not, tell us! Our goal is to share relevant information that you will enjoy and use for yourself and your family. 

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 


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