Saturday, January 19, 2013

Eggplant Ricotta Bake

Today was a beautiful bright and sunny day outside and the temperature made it up to about 54 degrees here.  I know we needed all the rain we got this week, but it sure was nice to see the sun again.  I was in the mood to make Eggplant Ricotta Bake for dinner tonight.  When we ran our errands today, I picked up a couple of large eggplants so I could make it tonight.  I was so excited to make an eggplant dish for a couple of reasons -- one is that it's delicious and eggplant is one of my favorite things.  But...the second (and probably goofy) reason I wanted to make eggplant tonight was so I could use my new 2.5 quart Le Creuset square casserole (with a lid) that I got for Christmas.  It came in a set along with a matching 3.5 quart round dutch oven in the color "Cassis" which is a beautiful deep "eggplant purple".  I absolutely love Le Creuset and if I had the space to store it I would probably get a piece in every color!  The Eggplant Ricotta Bake turned out delicious as usual...but it looked even more spectacular in an appropriate colored casserole dish!   ;-)   I snapped a couple photos for you to see below.  The link to the recipe is embedded in the name "Eggplant Ricotta Bake" where you can also see what it looks like on a plate -- if you click the link it will take you to one of my previous posts that includes the recipe.  Enjoy!

***P.S. -- I thought I would pass on some "deal alerts" -- in case your local Whole Foods happens to carry Swerve (like mine does) -- they have it on sale now for $8.99 per bag (their normal price is $11.99 each). That is a great price (if you order it directly from the Swerve site, it's $12.99 per bag plus a $5.00 flat shipping rate).  I stocked up and bought 8 bags!  Also -- if anyone might need to order or be interested in ordering Honeyville's blanched almond flour -- I received an email stating that they have 15% off all orders through Tuesday, January 22nd if you use the coupon code "RESOLVE".  




Patricia said...

I'm so jealous! That is so gorgeous! I have never seen that color. It's my favorite cookware to--I only have a few pieces but I treasure each and everyone! The casserole is beautiful. You are such an inspiration girl!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks, Patricia! I really love that color too and don't see it often -- found it on the "Cutlery and More" website and they had it on sale already and had a 1-day additional 15% off at Christmas time -- I got their 2-pc set (3.5 qt dutch oven AND this 2.5 qt covered casserole) for $175 (no shipping/no tax) -- it was too awesome of a deal to pass on. :-)

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight for dinner, hubby had seconds! Absolutely delicious as are all your recipes that I've tried. The entire family loved it. Thanks so much for all your recipes and information that you so generously share. Maria

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks so much Maria -- so glad you and hubby enjoyed it! :-)