Recipes and Stories

11 August 2018: Stuffed Eggplant

August 11, 2018

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Seafood, Shrimp, Crab, Eggplant, Stuffed Eggplant, Seafood Stuffed Eggplant

Classic Seafood-Stuffed Eggplant
Eggplant, one of the great defining elements of the cuisines of the Mediterranean basin, has also been a staple in Southern kitchens at least since the late eighteenth century. Believed to be native to the Far East, this exotic vegetable with the odd-sounding name found its way to the Mediterranean and Africa long before the Americas were colonized, but its exact migration has been lost to time. Likewise, no one is sure how it found its way into the South.

In some parts of our region, it used to be known as “Guinea melons” or “Guinea squash,” after the West African nation, which, while by no means proof of the route it took getting to our shores, is certainly suggestive.

At any rate, for at least a generation before Mary Randolph’s landmark work The Virginia House-Wife was published in 1824, Southerners have been loving eggplant. (more…)

4 August 2013: Pasta alla Diva

August 4, 2013

Tags: Pasta alla Norma, Eggplant, Savannah Voice Festival, Spaghetti, Pasta

Pasta alla Norma
This past weekend The Savannah Voice Festival debuted, and for the next two weeks, the steamy Lowcountry air will seem a little less heavy as it is filled with the glorious sounds of Fifty-three promising young performers who have gathered in our little town to study with more than two dozen seasoned singers, coaches, and accompanists. (more…)