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Looking at all of my recipes, I would say the guiding principle is to season things well, pop them in a pan and cook them for 35 minutes* at 350 F. My family requested these recipes, so hopefully you’ll find them useful, as well!

Oven-Roasted Summer Vegetables

1 large or two small yellow squash
1 large or 2 small zucchini
1 red/yellow pepper
8 leaves fresh basil
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 red/yellow pepper
8 leaves fresh basil
fresh ground pepper to taste
~1/4 tsp garlic powder or 1/2 tsp diced garlic
~1/4 tsp onion powder
~2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 c shredded mozzarella (optional)

Heat oven to 350 F. Cut vegetables into large bite-sized chunks. Coarsely chop basil leaves. Toss all in a large bowl until the vegetables are evenly coated. Pour into 9 x 13 in glass pan and bake for 35 minutes. If you’re using the mozzarella, sprinkle it over the top after 30 minutes and return to oven.

Oven-Roasted Eggplant

1 medium to large eggplant
2 red/yellow peppers
1 can seasoned diced tomatoes (I prefer garlic basil)
1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
8 leaves fresh basil
olive oil spray**
garlic powder
onion powder
fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 F. Slice eggplant into 1/4 in slices. Do not remove the peel, and don’t soak, sweat or salt the slices. Coarsely chop the basil. Cut peppers into large bite-sized chunks. Drain tomatoes and squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible; otherwise your eggplant will end up too mushy. Spray a 9 x 13 in glass pan with a light coating of olive oil. Lay down a layer of eggplant. Spray the eggplant with oil, then sprinkle with basil, garlic powder and onion powder. Lay another layer of eggplant and repeat. Top with the rest of the eggplant, all of the peppers and a dusting of fresh-ground black pepper.

Bake 35 minutes, sprinkling the cheese on after 30 minutes.

* N.B. 35 minutes is not enough for harder foods like potatoes, sweet potatoes/yams, and carrots; these take nearer an hour than half an hour.

** This can be bought at Trader Joe’s. I have heard that you can make your own by mixing 1 part olive oil with 1 part water in a small spray bottle and shaking before use, but I have yet to test it.


Garb tally

Finished: 2 leinte (cotton shirt-tunics). Allow me to take a moment to swoon over the scholarliness of the linked article. I lost many an hour admiring that page.

In progress: 1 cotton underdress/camp dress that used to be a chemise, that used to be a bedsheet. I don’t like throwing away good, soft cotton.

Cut out: 1 leine (singular of leinte)