Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Eggplant Parmesan

I think I've finally perfected my Eggplant Parmesan recipe. And my nifty little Pampered Chef Kitchen Sprayer my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas is a big help!

Eggplant Parmesan

Serves 4-6

1 med eggplant in 1/2" slices
2c Italian breadcrumbs
1/4c grated parmesan cheese
1/2tsp McCormick or Mrs Dash Garlic & Herb blend (salt-free)
1/2tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Heat oven to 450.
In a shallow bowl (I use a pie plate) mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, Garlic & Herb blend, and salt.
Dip eggplant slices in egg, and then coat in breadcrumb mixture.
Here's where you could use a foil-lined cookie sheet, coated with cooking spray. I like to use a baking rack on a cookie sheet. Just make sure you spray it so your eggplant wont stick.
Place your eggplant on your prefered method in a single layer, and spray tops with cooking spray or olive oil.
Bake for about 7m or till breadcrumbs start to get lightly browned and then flip 'em over, spraying the tops again. Bake another 7m or so, or till browning and you can poke a fork in those babies.

A lot of people then like to sort of layer the slices in a baking dish (13x9) with some sauce and cheese. Would probably wanna bake at a lower temp. and just till the cheese melts and the sauce is bubbly.

Me, I like to just make some spaghetti and my favorite sauce, and then serve my slices over the top of it.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Exciting Stuff!

I started working at JoAnn's last Monday. I worked 4 days last week. I absolutely love it so far! I was really nervous about learning how to cut fabric, and it's the first thing they showed me how to do. I ended up being on the cut table almost that whole day. I really couldnt do anything else yet anyway.

Soon enough, I learned how to run the register (of course, I'm still learning some) and worked on a merchandising day where I just put stuff away. That was fantastic since it helped me learn where things are located in the store.

But anyway, I'm working with a pretty friendly group of people, and really enjoyed the first week.

Even more exciting is the employee discount! Yay! I bought "Getting Started Knitting Socks," which I've had my eye on for awhile. Now I hope to finally finish Daughter's socks that I started forever ago. Also got myself some new dpns.

And last week, I won a pattern on MochiMochiLand.com for mentioning an idea for a knitted toy! If you havent read her blog, or seen any of her patterns, you need to go check it out! She's amazing!

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Job!

It isnt official
I have to share, and the husband isnt home yet.

I received an interesting phone call today from a friend I used to work with at Kohl's. He is now the store manager at a JoAnn's Fabrics store. And he offered me a part-time job. He's basically giving me this position.

JoAnn's isnt my favorite craft store, at least not for knitting supplies. But hey! Working there and getting a discount will definitely make it worth-while!

I'm pretty much getting the job tomorrow. It's so crazy!

I wonder if they'll let me knit at work...