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High Drama: Eggplant Parmesan!

August 20, 2005

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A now refreshed Caryn stirs a bright red tomato sauce simmering on the small stove in the kitchen. She tears leaves of basil into the sauce when the trailer door swings open.

Miss A stomps in with a tattered Confederate uniform sagging off her small frame and a fake rifle swinging at her back. She is surprised to see Caryn, but is less than cordial.


Oh, you're back already? Where is he?

Caryn shrugs her shoulders.


Well, he's not on set, so he can't be far. Tell him I'm looking for him.

She leaves the door open as she traipses back out. Caryn tastes the sauce and adds more basil.


A fully costumed Mr. R. scrambles in and swiftly closes the door behind him. Caryn is salting thick slices of deep purple eggplant piled in a collander.

MR. R.

What's that? Eggplant?


Yes. From a local farm.

MR. R.

Great. I'm going to go read in my room. If anyone comes by, tell them I'm out.

He slips into the small bedroom portion of the trailer and slides the door closed. Caryn takes some mozzarella from the fridge.


The breaded eggplant slices sizzle in hot oil as they fry to a golden brown. Caryn must leave them unattended to answer the pounding on the door.

An indignant Lauren is standing on the other side.


When did you get back? Where is he?


I don't know, but I'm really busy here.

Lauren beams her gaze through Caryn to scan the trailer before she backs up.


Tell him I'm looking for him.


The kitchenette is now clean from the debris of the simmering, salting and frying. Caryn removes a hot casserole dish from the oven, thick tomato sauce bubbling from underneath a layer of crisped mozzarella and parmesan.

The bedroom door slides open again and a sleepy-eyed Mr. R. emerges.

MR. R.

I assume you had to field a couple hotheads, eh?


Yeah. Clearly I missed some stuff while I was away.

MR. R.

You didn't miss anything. I have to get back to set.

He spots the steaming dish of Caryn's labors.


Bring me some of that?

Caryn nods as he returns to the set. She digs into the eggplant and scoops some onto a plate. The door violently opens again.


Where the heck is he?!


You just missed him. He went back to set.

Miss A. lets out an ugly grunt and storms back out. Caryn follows with the plate of eggplant parmesan, eager to watch the show.

Eggplant Parmesan

I love Gourmet's Eggplant Parmesan recipe, but I substitute two large cans of peeled roma tomatoes for the fresh tomatoes, which helps to reduce some of the labor. I also sometimes use whole milk mozzarella instead of fresh mozzarella.

A very hearty, vegetarian dish, it tastes even better the next day. After it has been refrigerated, it easily cuts into the nice, neat squares pictured.

Posted by Caryn at August 20, 2005 04:13 PM | Printable Version | Recipe Only

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This looks absolutely delicious and as usual your storyline is so much fun to read. I hope to get a chance to try this recipe out soon!

Posted by: Laura GF at August 20, 2005 06:09 PM

Love the story (and picture!)

Posted by: Joe @ Culinary in the Desert at August 21, 2005 04:27 PM

I don't know which one I should comment on first - the food or the story! As for the action, well done in introducing the drama, love how she's thrust into the situation. As for the food, yummy looking as always. I rarely can resist anything Italian, and eggplant is such a great comfort! I will be trying this soon - it may get S to eat more vegetables (fried and covered in cheese, how could he refuse?)

Posted by: tara at August 22, 2005 06:56 AM

Mmmm. Thanks for the update. You know I love them. :)

Posted by: AKMartin at August 22, 2005 07:48 AM

Mmmmmmmmmmm. I'm loving that picture. And the story line is getting really juicy. I can't wait to see what Caryn finds out. This should be good! :)

Posted by: leannwoo at August 22, 2005 09:03 AM

Why does our heroine sticking around for all the pressures and being treated like a slave? She is hard up for cash or just a drama queen herself?

With five eggs and so much of the cheese, I'm guess this is not a light vegetarian dish, eh?

Posted by: HeavenlyPL8 at August 22, 2005 10:47 PM

Heavenly, no it's not exactly a light dish. However, I think you can lighten it by using fresh mozzarella and perhaps baking the eggplant slices instead of frying them. I haven't tried it this way, so I make no promises. Also, the eggs are used primarily to hold the panko on the eggplant, so you could try egg beaters too. I wouldn't just use the whites because it doesn't seem that they would stick to the eggplant.

Posted by: caryn at August 26, 2005 09:52 AM

I've tried baking them for this recipe, and it's just not at all the same.

Caryn, you're a trooper!

Posted by: s'kat at August 27, 2005 02:00 PM

Yum, Caryn, I made this last week for my family, it's delicious! The panko really makes a difference. My dad made lobster potpie over the weekend, gave my mom and me the leftovers and opted to take the eggplant himself. Which says a lot.

Posted by: penny at September 6, 2005 01:56 PM

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