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Mark's hybrid eggplant lasagna

Cooking tomato sauce

Mark has been feeling a lot better. So much so, in fact, that he wanted to dive into a wood-stove-alcove project immediately. I, on the other hand, want his innards to heal a little more before he starts hefting heavy lumber. So we compromised on a new project --- learning how to cook!

Eggplant parmesan

One of Mark's favorite foods is eggplant parmesan. And, at the moment, our two plants are ripening up at least three fruits per week. Time to let Mark put his creative juices to work creating an even better recipe to use up these purple vegetables.

Layering eggplant parmesan

He opted for an eggplant parmesan/lasagna combo. Fried, breaded eggplants, then homemade tomato sauce, then one layer of lasagna noodles, one pound of cooked hamburger meat, a sprinkling of parmesan combined with rather a hefty helping of shredded swiss, then another layer of eggplant, another layer of sauce, and another layer of cheese.

Eggplant lasagna

Conclusion? Delicious! I can hardly wait to see what he comes up with next week.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I concur with taking it easy before handling lumber - "you only get one chance to heal well." Creating internal scar tissue where it's not wanted is a bad idea. And cooking is ALWAYS a handy skill to have - new cooks often have the most imagination and new ideas. Seeing that lasagna makes me hungry!
Comment by Rhonda from Baddeck Fri Sep 14 12:55:42 2018
Congratulations, Anna, on getting Mark into the kitchen rather than doing things that he should not be doing yet. Better yet, he just might want to keep on cooking and working up newer recipes!!! I just might try his recipe myself sometime soon!
Comment by Sheila Fri Sep 14 21:57:42 2018

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