Eggplant Parmesan, makes me feel nostalgic. This is definitely a dish that brings me back to my childhood (my mom’s Eggplant Parm), to early days of marriage to fun times at Malabar Farm when we would have our annual Pig Roasts and this was always on the menu.
As I was thinking about this post and feeling nostalgic, I recalled a night a few weeks ago when we had all three girls come into our room and sit on our bed and talk about life, wedding plans (we had actually just come back from the food tasting) and watch U Tube videos.
Yes, there was laughing and maybe a bit of a “minor” argument over something, but that was okay! I have really come to just appreciate those moments and cherish them.
I love those times. They don’t happen often anymore, and as I sat there I held my breath hoping the moment would just last a little longer…We all have those memories, moments that we are in and at the time able to just appreciate.
Of course, I know for all you Moms and Dads in the throws of young children it’s hard to stop the merry-go-round long enough to savor the moment, but hopefully you are able to find those moments here and there and grasp on to them!
As I think back to those times, I didn’t do that as much as I should have and now seem to have such a “blank” in my memory. In all the busyness I was always looking ahead to the next thing, instead of appreciating the moment…Oh well, there you go, my advice for the day…
Well, back to the Eggplant
I love this dish and love to make it. I can’t resist eating the eggplant pieces when they first come out of the oven, before I have assembled the dish. They are crunchy and so flavorful, YUM!!!! I do like baking the breaded eggplant rather than frying. This cuts down on the amount of oil, and mess and just makes it so much easier to prepare.
As a little aside, and story of an “epic fail”, when we made this dish during one of our cooking days, I put this in the oven and then totally forgot about it until about an hour or so later…so that is why I don’t have an “after” picture of the eggplant in the pan. Yes it happens to all of us.
I am including a link here for some baking dishes, I always remember the pan my mother used for her eggplant, it was also the same pan she made pizza in as well as her “Scacciatta”. (Be sure to check it out). Although for my eggplant I will usually use a 13 x 9 pan if I am just making it for our family.
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