Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

My daughter-in-law said this is a much easier recipe.


Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

  • 1 large eggplant, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick pieces (about eight)
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a fork
  • 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (sundried tomato or plain)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil*
  • 1 jar pasta sauce (roasted vegetable or any variety)*
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese*
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat oven with a baking sheet inside to 375°F. Coat eggplant slices with beaten egg, then bread with panko crumbs. Spread oil on hot baking sheet and place eggplant slices on it in a single layer. Bake 15 minutes, flip and bake another 10 minutes.

Increase oven temperature to 475°F. In an 8 x 10-inch ovenproof dish, layer pasta sauce, then eggplant, and top with cheeses. Repeat, finishing with cheese. Bake until the cheese melts and turns golden in spots, about 15 minutes

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Eggplant Parmesan


  • 2 lbs (about 2 large) eggplants
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 lbs of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 cup grated high quality Parmesan cheese
  • 1 packed cup fresh basil leaves


1 Cut eggplants lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange one layer in the bottom of a large colander and sprinkle evenly with salt. Repeat with remaining eggplant, salting, until all eggplant is in the colander. Weigh down the slices with a couple of plates and let drain for 2 hours. The purpose of this step is to have the eggplant release some of its moisture before cooking.
2 While the eggplant is draining, prepare tomato sauce. Combine tomatoes, garlic and 1/3 cup olive oil in a food processor. Season with salt and pepper to tasted and set aside.
3 When eggplant has drained, press down on it to remove excess water, wipe off the excess salt, and lay the slices out on paper towels to remove all the moisture. In a wide, shallow bowl, combine flour and breadcrumbs. Mix well. Pour beaten eggs into another wide shallow bowl. Place a large, deep skillet over medium heat, and pour in a a half inch of olive oil. When oil is shimmering, dredge the eggplant slices first in the flour mixture, then in the beaten egg. Working in batches, slide coated eggplant into hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides, turning once. Drain on paper towels.
4 Preheat the oven to 350°F. In the bottom of a 10x15 inch glass baking dish, spread 1 cup of tomato sauce. Top with one third of the eggplant slices. Top eggplant with half of the mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with one third of the Parmesan and half of the basil leaves.
5 Make a second layer of eggplant slices, topped by 1 cup of sauce, remaining mozzarella, half the remaining Parmesan, and all of the remaining basil. Add remaining eggplant, and top with the remaining tomato sauce and Parmesan.
6 Bake until cheese has melted and the top is slightly brown, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 8.

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

  We helped our son and his family move in their first home yesterday.  So excited for Scott, Krystsina and boys.  But Jeff and I were exhausted today.  Had leftover Eggplant Parmesan for lunch, took a nap and then got my camera out.  We were not the only ones that were taking it easy today. Caught two of my many cats napping.
The goats were out under their favorite tree again.  But of course when they see me that think it is feeding time. The bucks came running. It is starting to have that buck smell around here.  Not getting too close.

The bucklings came to see if I have feed for them.  

Girls came running too. 

                                                 Gave the girls some leaves.

Maz watching the girls.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Am I a cat lady?

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE A CAT LADY?  I have always had cats around the house.  Usually they are outside cats but I currently have one that lives in the house.  Susie is about 12 years old now.  She has never been a very friendly cat.  Tolerates me petting her once and awhile.  But it is amazing how she communicates what she wants and needs.

My son gave me two cats for the barn about four years ago.  I got busy and forgot to take them to the vet.  So they had kittens.  I really didn't mind having the little kittens.  My grandchildren just loved seeing and playing with them.  I gave away a couple of those kittens but just let the ones that I couldn't give away live in the barn. 

Recently the neighbors moved and left their cats.  I tried not to feed them or take care of them, I really did.  Needless to say we took on those 4 cats also.  The count now is 12 cats that live here. 

Goat Milk Stand

   People that come here to pick-up their kids (goats) often ask me about my milk stand.  Where did I get mine and why do I like this one more than a metal one?  Jeff built my milk stand for me about 10 years ago.  I love this one because it is low enough for the girls to easily jump up on even when they are very pregnant. I usually dry my girls off about two months before they kid, but they still need to have their hoofs trimmed or just to check on how things are going with them.  To do this you have to keep your goat stanchioned in a milk stand. 

    I hand milk all my girls. This milk stand is plenty wide enough for me to sit beside my goat while she is eating, I milk her out.  Also, I can use the milk stand as a stanchion for the goats to trim their hoofs. It is strong enough to hold both me and the goat. Plus the width of the stand is wide enough for me to walk all about the goat while trimming hoofs. Another very important thing I like about a heavy wooden milk stand is that it will not fall over if a goat gets scared and tries to get out.

   This milk stand is made out of all wood with no nails, we use carriage bolts and wood screws.  Please contact me if interested in purchasing one for your goats.

The dowels can be moved for different size goats.

The deck is 36 inches wide and 60 inches long.

Feeder bucket is also made in America.