About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Fried Eggplant

What could be simpler than frying a single vegetable in lovely, hot olive oil.
Marcella actually says "vegetable oil" but an olive is a vegetable isn't it?

I actually made this dish in August when I got a perfect couple of eggplants in my CSA bag. Following Marcella's instructions for steeping them in salt was easy. I dried them on paper towels after the process:


I got the oil nice and hot using the test in the recipe of dipping one end of the eggplant slice into the oil and checking for the sizzle. I could fit 3 slices at a time into my skillet.


I almost never fry anything so I found this process very entertaining. It was beautiful to watch the white eggplant slices turn the perfect golden color. And the flavor was amazing. I have never enjoyed eggplant this much; it was so sweet and not greasy at all.


Comments (2)

Jan, this looks beautiful and delicious!

I think possibly Marcella specifies vegetable oil as it has a higher smoke point than olive oil. Perhaps she will clarify this for us.

Marcella Hazan:

About the smoke point: olive oil will get as hot as you need for frying. My choice of neutral vegetable oil is based on what I am tasting. As Jan points out, fried eggplant is delightfully sweet, and it will still be sweet no matter which oil you fry it in, but olive oil makes its own separate claim for attention, which I find distracting. My love of olive oil is beyond doubt, but when I fry I generally do it with something that brings no competing flavor to the fried ingredient.

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