Stromboli and Pan Pizzas

Stromboli with Eggplant and Spinach

Stromboli with Eggplant and Spinach

It is the weekend before our one year anniversary, and we couldn’t help but begin celebrating early! We are going to Asheville next weekend and have a slew of restaurants we will go to, so we wanted to do some fine dining at home this weekend and on the actual day of our anniversary. I am doing an Italian style dinner for our actual anniversary, and had some prepping to do today so that  we will eat at a decent hour on the big day. Since I was already making doughs and living in the kitchen, I decided to make some pizza for dinner also. Plus, my husband is suddenly obsessed with American football and wants “football” food on Sundays now. Pizza fit the football bill. Continue reading

Eggplant Tricolore

eggplant tricolore full dish

This dish is from Plenty by Yottam Ottolenghi, but it is really a traditional Italian recipe. I was served versions of this dish at several homes and restaurants when I stayed in Northern Italy. My cousin who came for lunch told me that she didn’t like eggplant, but that she loved this dish. All this is to say that it is a tried and true classic. Continue reading

Soba Noodle Salad

Soba Noodle Salad

Soba Noodle Salad

The past two weeks have been busy at work (I teach 10th and 12th grade English), and I have been sick. My sweet husband has been doing all the cooking, and I have not had extra time for blogging! We spent the weekend in Raleigh with family, which was the perfect medicine for feeling better. The highlight for me was definitely going to the Duke gardens for the first time. The gardens were pretty, but I mostly enjoyed running around in the mud while throwing frisbee and football. I probably should be more lady-like, but I really can’t resist the urge to get my feet muddy and show the boys what it means to “play like a girl.” Before coming home we stopped at an Asian market, and I had to buy the ingredients for one of my favorite noodle salads from the cookbook Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. Continue reading