The Ultimate Eggplant Parmigiana

Eggplant Parm

I had grand visions of a beautifully elegant birthday dinner party (like the one in Julie and Julia where she has candles and flowers and a “table-scape” that would put Sandra Lee to shame). While I did send out a cute invitation, and I did have my party dress on; I did not however have candles, the table wasn’t set, and I was no where near ready when people showed up…but I didn’t really care :)

Dinner Party

I was having fun rockin’ out in the kitchen in my twirly dress and apron, and all of my wonderful friends were more than happy to help put together the final assembly on the appetizers and pour me a glass of wine. They really know me!

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Roasted Eggplant, Pepper, & Chickpea Soup

“Sometimes I’ll think about something you said, and I’ll laugh, and then the other people choosing tomatoes at the grocery store will wonder what’s so funny about that tomato.” :)

So after some impromptu (read: random, out of my crazy brain) soup-making, tonight I finally decided to pull out my “Love Soup” cookbook that, of course, came to DC with me. And guess what?! I found a card with that adorably accurate note on it from my mom stuffed inside. :) It only took me 5 weeks to find, but there it was! It’s so true too, and I secretly love when I laugh out loud to myself, and people around me think I’m crazy- mostly because it’s just so darned hilarious, and I’m thinking of you.

So then I made this yummy Roasted eggplant, pepper, and chickpea soup! I was starving, but decided to have an appetizer so that I could allow the proper time for the roasting- so key. And it had tomatoes, onion, garlic, and oregano in it too- classic! But the awesome part is the fun bzzzz with my immersion blender- totally professional :)

**French phrase for fun:

Les tomates sont drôles.

Tomatoes are funny.