Posts Tagged ‘baba ganoush’

Summer Favoutites: Baba Ganoush

 

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Okay it’s the first day of summer and for many of us that means the grill is getting a good workout; most proteins and vegetables and even fruit that are cooked, charred, or grilled are transformed by cooking on the outdoor grill, especially one that uses hardwood charcoal and is augmented by the addition of aromatic smoking provided by applewood, hickory or mesquite woodchips. Grilling and smoking are the tastes of summer, and, as the saying goes, everything tastes better outdoors (if it is cooked outdoors). In this nice personal essay, Denise Sakai explains why that just might be. By the way, just a reminder, if you use a gas grill it is always a good idea to give it a good cleaning at the start of the season; here’s how. 

One of our favourite dishes in the summer is baba ganoush, made from eggplants that have been roasted and smoked on the grill. Baba ganoush is the delicious meze, or appetizer that hails from the Middle East, with minor regional variations in Israel, Syria, Palestine and the other countries of the Levant. Typically the eggplant is roasted, the soft insides are scooped out and mixed with olive oil, tahini, lemon and garlic, a little salt and pepper and maybe garnished with some fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro. Served with fresh cut veggies and warmed pita, it is one of those shared appetizers that disappears all too quickly. You can get more recipes digitalinnovationshow . Continue »



Time For A Dip!

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Summer is the perfect time for light, healthy eating and snacking, and few things refresh, sustain and satisfy to the degree that fresh, delicious garden vegetables do.  A platter of crudité, the French word for an assortment of fresh, raw vegetables, is not only healthy, it is visually appealing as well, and might just be the most beautiful thing on your table. A crudité platter calls out for dip, and while you could just dump some Newman’s Own Ranch in a bowl and call it a day, I thought I’d pull together a selection of fresh and delicious dip  recipes to inspire you to whip some up from scratch. Continue »