Happy Independence Day!

babaghanouj.jpgWe celebrated the all-American holiday by preparing mediterranean snacks and some yummy vegetarian versions of classics like beer brats, barbecue, and burgers.

All I made was baba ghanouj; I didn’t write my own recipe for this, as I’ve never made it and David’s a ghanouj aficianado. I used Japanese eggplant from my own garden (how’s that for a multicultural dish??). I used this recipe; the only adjustment I made was that I didn’t add any water. After squeezing the juice from the onion and eggplant, why would I add less flavorful water? Anyway, the crowd agreed that the dip was thick like hummus, but with nice, mild flavor. I’ll make the recipe again.
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Amy‘s shaping burgers in the snapshot. You can see Casper is standing attentively, waiting for scraps.

Thanks to Amy for bringing all the stuff and doing all of the cooking- I have been exhausted lately and it meant all I had to do was eat!